Appeal by wind foes quashed

Alexandria Pike, lawyer for Samsung and Pattern, said the approval holder has been given a “laundry list” of health factors, and are seeking medical records.

By TREVOR TERFLOTH, QMI Agency www.lfpress.com
A preliminary hearing on a 124-turbine wind farm in south Chatham-Kent began Friday, but the Environmental Review Tribunal already had one fewer appeal to deal with. The appeal of the Eighth and Ninth Line/Bloomfield Road Community Group that had concerns over the safety of farm workers and turbine setbacks was recently dismissed.

“It’s very frustrating for ordinary people,” group spokeswoman Dianne Flook said, noting they were notified on Tuesday of the decision. The South Kent Wind Farm — a joint venture between Samsung and Pattern Energy — has received conditional approval from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. The companies plan to put 124 turbines between Tilbury and Ridgetown south of Hwy. 401.

Flook said farming is labour intensive and requires further consideration, given anecdotes of turbine failure elsewhere. “(There have) been instances of turbine collapse and blade fall, but no one has actually been killed or hurt with that happening,” she said. “Because we had no actual factual evidence, our appeal was dismissed.” read article

6 thoughts on “Appeal by wind foes quashed

  1. Questions. If foreign workers are employed near IWTs do their goverments have to be notified that these employees are working in dangerous areas? Do the workers themselves have to be informed and perhaps sign a waiver to be allowed to work in these locations?

    • Cash crop farming only within the IWT non-safe zones which the land owners can do themselves? If non-farm family workers are hired then provisions for lightning strikes will have to be made such as safe buildings provided nearby.
      Safety of foreign agricultural workers hired for Ontario work is also a federal matter.

  2. The renewable energy developers already have the big law firms on retainers or by hiring their lawyers. This ties up many of the top lawyers except for some top lawyers who wish to remain independent.

  3. Are the IWT operators going to be required to notify workers in nearby areas when lightning is detected within 50kms of these turbines?
    IWTs pose significant safety issues for rural Ontarians to deal with. Weather related issues are a big factor with tornadaos, straight line winds, lightning and ice affecting the daily lives of nearby residents for both the IWTs and their transmission lines.
    Similar geography to that which produces tornados here, east of the Rockies,does NOT OCCUR elswhwere in the world. Strong & severe wind and lightning storms are a common occurence in this region of Canada which also happens to be one of the lightning capitals of the world.
    Seems Ontario has politicians do not have this knowledge or simply don’t care what burdens IWTs place on rural and small town people.
    http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/socasp/weather/golden.html

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