In an unprecedented move in Ontario, Transport Canada has ordered the removal of eight wind turbines in close proximity to the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport because of height restrictions. However, the company that owns the turbines Transport Canada wants dismantled – GDF Suez Canada – claims it hasn’t been contacted by the federal agency.
David Timm, vice-president of GDF Suez Canada, told The Chatham Daily News late Friday afternoon: “We can’t comment or provide any information, because . . . we haven’t spoken with Transport Canada at all this week.” When asked if the company has turbines near the airport, Timm reiterated: “I don’t know whose turbines are involved, because we have not been contacted.”
Chatham-Kent Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren confirmed the action Friday morning. A Transport Canada spokesperson told The Daily News eight wind turbines violate height limits at the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport, which are subject to airport zoning regulations. “Transport Canada is enforcing safety rules and requires the removal of the turbines,” said Tina Morris. She emphasized the turbine company was advised of height restrictions on two occasions prior to turbine construction. “While Transport Canada is willing to work with the wind turbine company to set a practical deadline, the illegal turbines must be removed,” she said. Read article