Quebec bans wind turbines within 2 km of homes and 1 km of public roads

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—Patrice Laflamme, TVA Nouvelles, 3/25/13
No wind turbines can be built less than 2 km from a home and 1 km of a road in the Haut-Saint-Laurent, in the Montérégie. The Quebec government has officially endorsed the amended interim control (RCI) of the Haut-Saint-Laurent surrounding these structures in its territory, which the council of mayors adopted on 9 January.

The Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy (MAMROT), Sylvain Gaudreault, approved the new RCI in a letter dated March 13. “The Regulation respects the policies of the government in terms of development.  Therefore, under the Planning Act and planning, it shall take effect the day on which this notice is served,” the minister said in this letter for the prefect of the MRC, Alain Castagner.

In the territory of Haut-Saint-Laurent, this revised version of RCI forbids the erection of wind turbines 2000 m (2 km)  from any dwelling and 1000 m (1 km) from any public road. Read article

16 thoughts on “Quebec bans wind turbines within 2 km of homes and 1 km of public roads

  1. What is this? Some kind of weird precautionary concept ? They’ve put a ban on fracking as well. And there are no peer reviewed studies showing a direct causal link… or something.
    What next?

    • Quebec has such a cheap supply of hydro power that they don’t need fracking.
      Natural gas has other industrial uses besides heating and generating electric power.

      • Besides Quebec dosen’t want cheap natural gas competing with Hydro Quebec.
        They don’t need IWTs either so they make themselves look good in the public eye with 2km setbacks.

  2. Yes indeed, it was just last summer while vacationing in the Eastern Townships that we paid a visit to Stanstead town hall to personally congratulate mayor Philippe Dutil for threatening to shut off the water supply to neighbouring Derby, Vermont, if that town proceeded to erect wind turbines along the border. Apparently, Mr. Dutil’s tough stand paid off.

    Now another, nearby area of Quebec is making life difficult for the wind weasels.
    Too bad, so sad, eh Chevy? Monteregie sounds like a great place to spend more of our leisure dollars, now that we’ve given Manitoulin Island and Lake Huron’s Bluewater Highway the Big Adios.

    • Man oh man….do I ever wish I had paid more attention during French class. Now I think La Belle Province, is smarter, and more advanced than the other provinces, especially Ontario. Who would have ever thought, that Quebec would be the one to have the smarts to avoid this scam…..perhaps they’ve seen this kind of criminality once too often to be sucked in……good for you Quebec!!! Maybe they knew what they were doing when they wanted to separate, rural Ontario wants to separate as well!!!!

      • As mentioned above, Quebec has abundant supplies of hydro power for years to come. They did show the foresight to develop James Bay several decades ago, and at a time when such mega projects could be achieved without upsetting too many enviro-nuts. Probably wouldn’t fly today, even in Quebec..

      • Do we ever want to separate from Toronto!! They sent their garbage for years to our neighbourhood and now trying to use our land for IWT and the electricity is twice as much as coal fired electricity which ours was the cleanest in North America. Ontario will be a “have not” Province forever because of so called “green energy”. There was nothing greener than Niagara Falls! Toronto needs to be their own Province for sure!!

  3. That sort of destroys the Liberal line about Ont having the strictest setback regulations anywhere. How about the CAW turbine in Port Elgin?
    Quebec the adjacent province determines that setback 3.5 x as great as Ont is necessary, and Wynne and her cronies can still argue that their distance is adequate?
    Just how do these people intend to argue this absurdity now? I suspect they don’t intend to at all,The Liberal government knows what is best for residents. Anyway it is only rural residents.

  4. Quebec’s move is purely pecuniary: they have an excess of hydro power and need no alternative power generation that would waste money (otherwise needed for titling at language wind mills). Ontario would also have excess hydro power if it had spent the billions on developing it in the north instead of on IWT’s. The objection to this common sense is always: the cost of transmission lines. Right, waste money on alternative power generation that is inconsistent and insufficient, inefficient, harmful and unnecessary, but ignore more efficient and less harmful power generation. If there ever is an energy crisis in Ontario, the government will have no reserve generating capacity (IWTs decline 50% in efficiency in less than 15 yrs which will provide a huge 1% of demand), BUT we can pay Quebec to gouge us by exporting their hydro.

  5. My take on this is that the rules only apply specifically to the Haut-Saint-Laurent area in the district of Monteregie. I do not believe this applies to all of Quebec.

    However, I see no reason why all areas of Quebec could not pass the same legislation and, since a precedent was set, have it approved by the province.

    BTW, Lisa Thompson’s press release on this issue also appears to believe that this ruling is province wide. I beg to disagree. However, I hope I’m having a mid-life moment and simply misread the information.

  6. This appears to be the extreme southwest portion of Quebec, across the St.Lawrence River from Cornwall. Quebecers like to forge ahead with their own agendas, not following what other parts of Canada are customarily doing.

    • Jim, as far as I know, that area of Quebec, Monteregie, is currently wind turbine-free.
      They have been fighting off various IWT developments over the last few years.

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