Peter Epp, Chatham Daily News
The municipality is conducting an internal investigation into the siting of eight wind turbines near the Chatham-Kent airport, but an investigation independent of the municipality needs to be conducted, because Chatham-Kent’s involvement in wind energy has from the start been purposely minimalized.
It was a week ago that it was revealed that Transport Canada had ordered the removal of the turbines, erected near the airport in what the agency says is a height-restricted area. Since then we’ve learned that the company responsible for the development was from the beginning satisfied it had met all federal requirements, and further that it believed that the federal agency was aware of the turbines’ location.
But Transport Canada begs to differ. It says it’s now enforcing federal safety rules, which requires the removal of the eight turbines. This has very little to do with the municipality. The federal government was involved, the provincial government was involved… and because planning oversight under the Green Energy Act has been invested entirely with Queen’s Park, Chatham-Kent’s role was, at best, minimal. Read article