By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Suncor Energy says there’s nothing unusual about a land swap agreement it has in Lambton and Middlesex counties with a neighbouring wind company. Suncor plans to build an up to 62 wind turbine Cedar Point Wind Power Project in parts of Plympton-Wyoming and Lambton Shores. Lambton Shores is also where Nextera Energy plans to build its proposed 150-MW Jericho Wind Energy Centre. The Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group, one of the local citizens’ groups opposed to wind farms, recently posted to its website a copy of a Suncor document about the swap agreement with Nextera.
“What I can say is that’s a normal part of business agreements that take place from time to time,” said Suncor spokesperson Michael Southern. “The reason why Suncor would consider something like that is if it helps us in developing the best wind power project we can.”
The correspondence states the companies have decided to separate their projects by exchanging of options for easements from landowners each holds in the proposed areas for the wind farms. The document says land agents for the two companies will be contacting landowners to discuss the transfer. “They got all the leases they could higgledy-piggledy, and now they’re starting to swap them so that they’re more strategic,” said Marcelle Brooks, a member of the wind action group.
Brooks said she lives “dead centre” of Nextera’s project in Lambton Shores, and close to Suncor’s. “Our areas are literally crawling with wind reps,” she said. “There’s doing all kinds of assessments and surveys . . . Wherever we go now they are in fields. They’re all over the place.” Read article