By Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer
A new warning has been issued about a proposed wind farm east of Port Ryerse: the sandy soils there won’t support turbines weighing two million pounds or more, says a resident in the lakeside hamlet. The problem is a lack of bedrock to anchor the towers, said Nora Brown, a former biologist with Environment Canada.
“In Port Ryerse, you have no idea how deep the sand is until you get to bedrock,” she said. “To put that much weight on our glacial till is mightily alarming.” As proof, Brown showed council on Tuesday night photos of a large 100-year-old tree that blew over in a storm earlier this year.
“All its roots are attached. It’s clean as a whistle. There’s no mud attached,” she noted. The project, which calls for four turbines to go up in farmland east of the lakeside hamlet, is a danger to person and property, said the 87-year-old.
“If they are built and fall, the damage could be monumental . . . What is there to prevent these humungous two million pound pieces going over and hitting somebody’s property — and, saints preserve us, nobody is in the way.” Read article