MOE seeks dismissal of Haldimand wind farm appeals

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer HAGERVILLE – A hearing into a proposed wind-turbine project near Jarvis is tentatively scheduled for Hagersville at the end of the month. The province’s Environmental Review Tribunal has pencilled in 10 days of testimony beginning May 28. The tribunal will confirm the appointment if several motions of dismissal are themselves dismissed at a preliminary hearing in Hagersville this Friday. At issue is the 58-unit Summerhaven wind farm in west and central Haldimand. The Ministry of the Environment approved the Nextera development earlier this year. Appealing the decision are Haldimand Wind Concerns and subsistence hunter Bill Monture of Six Nations. Several others were granted participant and observer status at a preliminary hearing in Hagersville Monday.

The tribunal has a mandate to hear challenges to projects that may pose a risk to human health, wildlife, plant life and the well-being of the environment. MOE representative Nadine Harris signalled her intention Monday to have the appeals thrown out at Friday’s hearing. Harris and representatives for Nextera maintain that the appellants’ concerns fall outside the tribunal’s mandate.

There were several testy exchanges during Monday’s proceedings. Monture began by chiding the tribunal for setting up the hearing so that the appellants were speaking with their backs to the audience. Read article

6 thoughts on “MOE seeks dismissal of Haldimand wind farm appeals

  1. ‘[excerpt] The tribunal has a mandate to hear challenges to projects that may pose a risk to human health, wildlife, plant life and the well-being of the environment. MOE representative Nadine Harris signalled her intention Monday to have the appeals thrown out at Friday’s hearing. Harris and representatives for Nextera maintain that the appellants’ concerns fall outside the tribunal’s mandate.’

    What? Again – Kabuki theatre………
    ‘The tribunal has a mandate [you know the rest]’
    ‘the appellants’ concerns fall outside the tribunal’s mandate.’

    Well then – what’s the MOE – not telling us?

  2. The Green Energy Act made it so that the people have to prove damages and undesirable effects from renewable enery projects and not the developers.
    It’s like changing the law to guilty unless you can be proved innocent instead of the other way around. Developers innocent and rural Ontarians guilty.
    You bet they need to restrict the information provided to the Tribunal as there is so much more known information now than there was a year ago.

      • Ornge lawyer billed Ontario citizens –
        20,000 hrs. @ $750.00 an hr.
        For what?

      • It’s about time that shareholders in companies that operate Ontario renewable energy projects got nervous.
        It’s an old legal trick to restrict information presented to any legal entity. Sure demonstrates which side the governmnet is on and it’s not on the side of people who are or will be affected by these wind and solar projects.

  3. MOE is doing what is directed from ‘Doubt McGreeny he just in for the money’ but he is a tad late out of the horse enclosure,like 9 years and counting……….
    Green drain
    Bye bye solar http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/05/01/28703/ there is another yesterday LDK…layoffs totaling around 1600 ..USA/Canada

    Ontario is helping Canada to go broke rather quickly.

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