No decision on date to remove turbines

C-K airportLondon Free Press
Transport Canada officials will work with a wind turbine company to set a practical deadline for the removal of eight turbines south of the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport. Brooke Williams, a spokesperson for Transport Canada, told The Daily News Monday no decision has been made on a date.

She did say that on at least two occasions prior to installation of the wind turbines, Transport Canada advised the wind farm representatives that height restrictions were in effect in the area around the airport. The Daily News learned in June that Transport Canada was enforcing safety rules and requires the removal of eight wind turbines that are impeding height restrictions imposed by the airport zoning regulations.

Dave Timm, vice-president of GDF Suez Canada Inc., claims the company complied with all the rules and regulations regarding the placement of turbines near the airport. Timm said his company is asking for a meeting with Transport Canada officials to discuss the matter. Read article

17 thoughts on “No decision on date to remove turbines

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  2. Due diligence @ the local level of government.
    What airport?

    ‘[excerpt] Dave Timm, vice-president of GDF Suez Canada Inc., claims the company complied with all the rules and regulations regarding the placement of turbines near the airport.

    Timm said his company is asking for a meeting with Transport Canada officials to discuss the matter.

    The Daily News has learned that Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope has sent a letter to Transport Canada critical of their handling of the announcement that eight turbines had to be removed.’

    Note:
    Municipal ‘Approved’ building permits –
    beyond a reasonable doubt.

    ‘[excerpt] Chatham Coun. Michael Bondy said wind turbines and airports don’t mix.

    “Why would you risk the life of a pilot for a little bit of turbine-generated electricity?” he asked.

    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.’

    Ouch!……….who cha chings?
    The results will be fascinating!

    • [excerpt] “Transport Canada officials will work with a wind turbine company to set a practical deadline for the removal of eight turbines south of the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport.”

      A “practical deadline”? How long does it take to arrange a crane and some workers to come and dismantle these turbines?

      Is Transport Canada allowing the fraudsters at GDF Suez (Mike Crawley) time to prepare a lawsuit for lost revenues, costs, etc? What about safety first?

      • I’m sure the removal of the offending IWTs will become a priority if, and when, people’s lives are lost in an accident!

      • Code words for: If you have lots of money and political influence “we” will work with you. Anyone else would have gotten the axe by now.
        In the meantime the airport should be closed.

  3. “Transport Canada advised the wind farm representatives”

    The federal government officials obviously don’t realize they’re dealing with royalty who enjoy prerogatives bestowed upon them by the Ontario government. All this stupidity for a dribble of electricity – why not just have local school children generate static electricity by running down a mile of carpet and dragging their feet? Good exercise, cheaper, and probably a lot of fun for everybody, as opposed to misery.

  4. Wind companies including the locally named GDF Suez are above petty regulations that apply to other corporations operating in Ont. They have been conditioned since day 1 by McGuinty that special considerations apply to them. so what if they block safe access to a local airport, saving the environment for grandchildren is worth it.
    Another example is the turbine fire in Goderich; what other corporation in Ont would get away with such a fire not even subject to any serious investigation?
    Transport Canada should give them a reasonable date to have the towers down, or be subject to a daily fine; this is what would happen to anyone else. They never should have been built here to begin with. Time to quit coddling wind companies.

  5. An attempt is being made here to deflect public attention to the removal of the turbines and not on how the permits and approval were obtained which is the really important issue in this situation.
    Ignorance is not a excuse for breaking the law. Anyone building near an airport knows there are safety regulations in place for airports.
    The investigation needs to be about how the approvals for this IWT project were obtained and who were the people involved.

    • C-K could not be the owner of a municipial airport and not know about the federal regulations pertaining to airports. Was influence peddling involved in the C-K airport involving IWTs?

      • Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope trying to reduce –
        the tension;
        and, working diligently – on closing remarks.
        Translation – a possible lawsuit – in the wings.

      • People should not be thinking in terms of lawsuits but criminal charges against those involved in obtaining this contract and anyone else who helped them to get a contract where there were known violations of airport safety regulations.
        Quebec just experienced a tragic incidence where there may have been safety violations.

      • I hear you Barbara – and, time will tell.
        I do not know if you recall – three weeks before McGuinty resigned
        the police approached him about corruption @ the municipal level of government.
        He was surprised.
        They also told him they have undercover cops working @ the municipal level.

        Mmmmmmm………..yeah.

        All politics are local politics – pass it on!

  6. My guess is a reasonable date agreed upon will be 31 December 2037. Although, I am not sure if the government can move that fast.

  7. Money talks and b-s—t walks.All these big wind companies have enough cash to shut everybody up so they think some.Rural people who live near these things as unwilling hosts are suffering or going to suffer.I said some of course the ones who have been bribed wont.They will just have to suffer in silence wont they.Enjoy your higher hydro rates and lower land evaluations.Wind turbines make no cents at all period.

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