South Kent Wind to ask council for Noise Exemption Bylaw during contruction

CHATHAM KENT INTERNATIONAL POWER GDF SUEZ FROM FARGO LINESouth Kent Wind (Pattern/Samsung) will be making a presentation to council tonight (Monday, March 4) and asking for a noise bylaw exemption for constructing their 270 MW monstrosity. This exemption will allow them to make as much noise as they want anytime during the day or night for their entire construction period. (then of course the turbines will start up and make as much noise as they like, because the MOE isn’t really monitoring that)

Voice your objections, protest vehemently etc tonight at 6 PM at council chambers (315 King St. West, Chatham). South Kent says they plan on beginning construction this May, but there are already reports of access roads scarring the landscape.

17 thoughts on “South Kent Wind to ask council for Noise Exemption Bylaw during contruction

  1. Samsung/Pattern is asking for an exemption from May 1, 2013 to March 1, 2014, from 11 PM to 7 AM… so they can make as much noise, anytime day or night for 11 months as they want.

    • From an engineering point of view this would make perfect sense. During this time they could run the turbines and test any possible adjustments that would minimize noise and maximize output.

      There is nothing sinister about the request — despite how it might really upset some people to have a sanctioned period of unlimited noise.

      From my point of view it would be better to never install the turbines.

      Just so people know my viewpoint is that the battle is lost and that all (or almost all) the turbines will go in throughout Ontario. I can only hope that one of the current court battles may elicit a surprise judgment in favour of scrapping the wind turbines — but it is a faint hope as far as I am concerned.

      If municipalities were allowed to propose additional standards then it could be that most will be rejected. Again this is a faint hope.

      I do not support the Industrial Wind Turbine installations and believe that this is one of the worst most ill-considered ventures in the history of Ontario politics. So spare me the usual hate mail… please.

      • Good point WillR about using the exemption period to test the actual sound emissions of the wind turbines without getting busted for exceedances. (What does this say about the applicability of these “noise models” being relied on?)

        The law requires operators to report “spills.” So doing this testing without an exemption could be very risky for any company. What if they found noise exceedances? They’d be forced to report, or else what? forge or destroy evidence?

      • They don’t need to test the turbines for noise emissions during this period… because no one enforces any noise limits when they are running!!! Been there, done that, still no response from the MOE

      • The MOE has been backed into a corner… A “methodology” to measure wind turbine sound now exists–it’s been a long time in the works so it better be good! And they’re anxious to go and use it. Which means they’re going to be scrutinized.

        Everyone anticipates it’s not reasonable they will get away much longer without being able to determine compliance. So companies need to find a way to deal with it. Now they are willing to monitor their sound emissions!

        But what if they discover a “spill”! Could be very dangerous for them, wouldn’t want to be accused of forgery or destroying evidence, or failure to report.

        Things “evolve”, be ready for the next step.

  2. If the council agrees to it, they should be held responsible for any inconveniences, discomfort, or damages, caused by such an irresponsible decision. I am sure covering the wages of people who cannot work for lack of sleep, or have accidents because they had to attempt to function without adequate sleep, will not be a problem for them.

  3. If they get it, people affected should jump in their cars and lean on their horns outside council’s houses as long as the work is going on over night….
    This is crazy…

    • That’s an idea, as the saying goes what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. A 1.8 MW wind turbine at the source puts out a sound pressure of approximately 105 decibals on the dba scale. This is the same noise output of a car horn. Now try honking a car horn 550 meters from the houses of the politicians and wind company executives forcing these on rural residents and watch how quick the police show up. Meanwhile in rural Ontario………………

    • $660 million with 20 permanent jobs which is $33 million per job. The 300 construction jobs expenses are included in the $660 million total cost of the project.
      This is just the same as the wages/jobs expenses paid to build a car are included in the price of the car when you buy the car. Don’t be fooled by vodoo pricing.

  4. I couldn’t make the meeting so instead I wrote to council,

    ckinfo@chatham-kent.ca

    South Kent Wind to ask council for Noise Exemption Bylaw during construction
    CHATHAM KENT /Kent Wind (Pattern/Samsung) will be making a presentation to council tonight (MondayMarch 4)

    And asking for a noise bylaw exemption for constructing their 270 MW monstrosities. This exemption will allow them to make as much noise as they want anytime during the day or night for their entire construction period up to a year (well then theres phase 2 and 3…..)

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? THIS IS A NO BRAINER FOR SURE
    YOU CANT EVER LET THIS HAPPEN! ONE LITTLE INCH AND THEY’LL TAKE A MILE, IN TURN SO WILL ALL THE OTHER FORGIEN COMPANIES ON THEIR HEELS!

    RE WRITING THE BYLAWS, OUR LOCAL BYLAWS TO SUIT BIG WIND IS DEAD WRONG AND WONT BE WELCOMED AT ALL!

  5. This will be the last bit of peace and quiet these ‘receptors’ can ever expect to have and the wind bastards want to take that as well as destroying their lives after firing up these useless pcs of crap.
    They`re kidding right? This is war! That`s no joke, Ontarions had better wake to H up!

  6. We read last month about a wind turbine in Nova Scotia that had its guide wires cut in the night, & it fell over.

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