Transport Canada: “The illegal turbines must be removed”

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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

11 thoughts on “Transport Canada: “The illegal turbines must be removed”

  1. All of the people involved in making the decision to allow these things to go up, should be held financially responsible, and criminally responsible for any accidents that may occur because of their decision.

  2. I’m all for charging the gang green with criminal charges,which I’m sure will be proven in court, then put McGuinty and all his ilk in jail, and throw away the key…Scum like that should not be free from criminal prosecution….

  3. It is about time that Transport Canada stepped up to the plate. Maybe now they will have the guts to get involved in Kincardine and Collingwood are also threatening the airport with wind turbines.

  4. Pushing our MP’s feet to the fire should always be part of a plan. They are responsible for renewable funding to the provinces. DO NOT LET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFF THE HOOK FOR THEIR PART IN ALL OF THIS MESS!
    ALSO.SOMEONE WHO KNOWS OF SPECIFICS ON THIS SITE NEEDS TO EXPOSE THE WIND BIAS IN THE CANADA HEALTH STUDY ,TOO.

    http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/ecoaction/6444

    ecoENERGY for Renewable Power
    The ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program was launched in April 2007 to encourage the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind, low-impact hydro, biomass, photovoltaic and geothermal energy. Although no new contribution agreements will be signed after March 31, 2011, many projects with contribution agreements will continue to receive payments as outlined in contribution agreements and up to March 31, 2021.

    At March 31, 2011, 104 projects qualified for funding under the program representing investments of about $1.4 billion over 14 years and almost 4500 megawatts of renewable power capacity.

    See the M.P. tab on this site…do not forget the ministers incharge and the PMO’s office,too.

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  6. Is this still a major story?
    Bondy – wants to know – I think!

    ‘[excerpt] Airports and wind turbines don’t mix,” he said. “Why would you risk the life of a pilot for a little bit of turbine-generated electricity?”

    Bondy said his concern is that the municipality may end up having to pay the huge demolition cost because the turbine company was issued municipally-approved building permits.

    “This is a major story and we haven’t heard the end of it,” he said. “In fact, it’s just begun.”’

    ‘[excerpt] 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.

    Morris said federal airport zoning regulations (AZR) at the airport protect a radius of approximately four kilometres around the airport.

    “The AZR protect the operations of an airport and help ensure that development surrounding the airport remains compatible with safe operation of aircraft and the airport itself,” she said. “These regulations include obstacle height restrictions.”’

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