Drawing the line: Plympton-Wyoming sets up for a wind turbine fight

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PLYMPTON-WYOMING – Plympton-Wyoming council says industrial wind turbines should be two kilometers away from homes and they’re prepared to go to court to make it happen. In February, council passed tough new rules on setbacks (how close wind turbines can be to homes) saying it was concerned about the health effects on residents. It also imposed a $200,000 deposit for each turbine to be built in the municipality to cover any decommissioning costs.

But the rules fell under the Planning Act, an act which is superseded by the Green Energy Act. It took away all planning power from municipalities when it came to green projects. So recently, council passed the same setback rule, this time, under the Municipal Act which is not superseded by the Green Energy Act. It is a move several other Ontario municipalities have made, but one which has yet to be challenged in court.

Mayor Lonny Napper says Plympton-Wyoming expects that could happen soon since wind energy companies are entrenched in their position. “When I meet with wind companies I make it clear up front what our setbacks are and they say they’re going to go with the Green Energy Act and the 550 meter setbacks,” says Napper.

The mayor is ready for “one good fight” in court which would settle the dispute over who has the right to regulate where wind turbines go. And he’s willing to spend taxpayers’ money for it says he hopes “some of the other organizations would pop in and help us. “I hope that it would be a burden on taxpayers,” he says.”

Councilor Ron Schenk, who is also a spokesperson for the anti-wind group WAIT, agrees it is time to stand up. “We have no control of our own neighbourhood anymore,” says Schenk. “If it was a nuclear plant coming to the neighbourhood, we would have complete control. Read article

10 thoughts on “Drawing the line: Plympton-Wyoming sets up for a wind turbine fight

  1. The mayor is ready for “one good fight” in court which would settle the dispute over who has the right to regulate where wind turbines go. And he’s willing to spend taxpayers’ money for it says he hopes “some of the other organizations would pop in and help us. “I hope that it would be a burden on taxpayers,”
    Again more money spent on our energy when we have the true remedy in our own disposal at hardly no costs but understanding who you truly are. I applaud the Major and Ron Schenk for there efforts to protect the families.The true heroes would be you and i stopping these fictions with our knowledge and understanding.Stand up to them ourselves without fictional representatives.

  2. Thank you Mayor Napper. Many other mayors and councillors wring their hands and say the GEA has tied their hands and then they throw up their hands and therefore they must comply. Others also go ahead accept the “Briberancy” (vibrancy) fund. Good luck, sir, you obviously have the integrity and fortitude to try to do something about the situation.

    • We can always rely on the Liberal government – to have –
      A vision!

      What’s new! What’s hot!
      and should we be concerned?

      As part of the McGuinty government’s plan to ensure that local governments have the powers and flexibility they need,………
      http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page184.aspx

      Highlights of What’s New in the Planning Act
      The Government of Ontario has a vision for Ontario’s communities.
      http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page200.aspx

      Liberal Vision?

      • What vision do you see with the blue and or the orange pill? They will screw it up just like the the bad ol red and green pill. If your still a clild to take their pills that’s up to you,, go with it. I have seen none that truly want to help.. Some great ones like Ghandi are very few they do not give out pills but remedy for the people The colour that pick up this particular fight with the wind turbines will of course get the child like mind votes to focus on them as a heroes and screw us again with big business right behind them with the UN mandate and agenda 21 to do what they like with us. Do not forget that municipalities are being forced to focus on UN agendas very soon.. Is this government going to let this happen? yes! without our con-scent cause there hands are TIED. They are already allowing UN to spray our skies with crap forcing us with mandatory vaccination without our consent with more that you do not even realize because your working your asses of to pay for there screw ups. Who is really helping us? It is up to most of us to change it not you puppet coloured electorate, It is YOU!. But if your free thinking in the wrong direction and going after those dam pills,good luck! Don’t bother giving me a lecture about the good of any present poly ticians as I not in to sucking down those pills they give out. Do not know the ingredients and further reactions that it may cause.

      • Leadership – @ the local level
        The Green Energy and Green Economy Act – a sweet success – here

        ‘[excerpt] The $360-million natural gas plant project in Mississauga abruptly cancelled by the Liberals last year will be relocated to St. Clair Township, Energy Minister Chris Bentley said Tuesday.

        The plant will be built by the privately-owned Greenfield South Power Corporation on a 12-acre portion of the Ontario Power Generation’s Lambton Generating Station site.

        Sarnia-Lambton’s leaders immediately applauded the announcement and the 200 construction jobs required to build the plant over the two years.

        When complete, the plant will employ about 25 people, said Bentley.

        “Our area accepts and welcomes these kinds of projects,” said George Mallay, general manager of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership.

        The region has been lobbying Queen’s Park for several years to convert the coal-fired Lambton Generating Station (LGS) to natural gas.

        Tuesday’s decision does not impact LGS, which is on track to close in 2014, but a new 300-megawatt natural gas plant is a boon to the area, Mallay said.

        Bentley said Lambton’s willingness to host a natural gas plant is one of several reasons a deal was inked Monday with Greenfield South Power.

        “The Lambton location is a good fit. You’ve got transmission there, you’ve got gas nearby, you’ve got skilled trained workers, and you’ve got a community that’s long been known as an energy hub,” Bentley said.’
        http://www.sarnialambton.on.ca/main/ns/19/doc/90/id/553

      • What’s wrong with the mayor?

        ‘[excerpt] The mayor is ready for “one good fight” in court which would settle the dispute over who has the right to regulate where wind turbines go. And he’s willing to spend taxpayers’ money for it says he hopes “some of the other organizations would pop in and help us. “I hope that it would be a burden on taxpayers,” he says.”’

        Where’s the CAO? ……….let’s lay out some steps!
        Where’s the honesty?

  3. Think not ,as your a second class,bottom of the junk pool a numbered incorporated junk slave in the their system. You can yell and scream all you want until you get a mass number slaves saying no yo get their attention.

  4. Up til this summer the present government has been the beneficiary of mild weather so urbanites were not hit by higher Hydro bills that much. But this situation can change quickly if AC bills are much increased this summer compared to last summer’s AC bills.

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