By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer
HAGERSVILLE – The Ministry of Environment has failed in its bid to have a challenge to the Summerhaven wind turbine project near Jarvis dismissed.
Last week in Hagersville, Nadine Harris, a lawyer for the MOE, asked the Environmental Review Tribunal to dismiss an appeal from Haldimand Wind Concerns and aboriginal hunter William Monture of Six Nations on the grounds that the appeals were beyond the purview of the tribunal.
The motion for dismissal was heard at the Hagersville Community Centre last Friday. The tribunal, chaired by Heather Gibbs, denied the MOE request in a written decision late Monday.
In its decision, the tribunal dismissed Monture’s complaint that the sponsor of the Summerhaven wind farm has a duty under law to consult with First Nations before proceeding with the project.
However, the tribunal agreed that Monture’s appeal can proceed on the grounds that the 58-unit turbine project may have an impact on plant life, wildlife and the environment.
The review tribunal has set aside 10 days at the end of the month for a full hearing, which will take place at the Hagersville Community Centre. Read article