Bow Lake Wind Farm proponents hope to hear environmental decision soon

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The proponents of a 60-megawatt wind farm in the Montreal River area say they hope to hear soon about environmental approval from the province. Blu Earth Renewables and Batchewana First Nation have proposed a 36-turbine wind farm on Bow Lake, just south of Montreal River and close to the shores of Lake Superior. Details of the project were posted to the Ministry of Environment’s Environmental Registry on May 13 for a 45-day comment period that ended June 27.

“The review process has been very thorough, and we have worked hard to answer all questions raised, so we are hopeful a decision will be made soon,” said Kelly Matheson, Blu Earth’s vice-president regulatory and communications, in an e-mail Thursday. The MOE conducts a six-month review of all such applications, putting the target date for a decision on Nov. 13, though Sarah Raetsen, of the MOE’s environmental approvals branch, said a decision could come before or after that date.

Raetsen said she could not comment on how many comments the MOE received during the 45-day comment period until after a decision is made. She said comments that do not contain personal information will be published once a decision is made. Read article

17 thoughts on “Bow Lake Wind Farm proponents hope to hear environmental decision soon

  1. The Globe And Mail, Nov.24,2010
    “BluEarth on the prowl for renewable energy projects”
    Canadian Hydro Developers Inc., Keating brothers & Kent Brown, developed the Wolfe Island wind project.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/bluearth-on-the-prowl-for-renewable-energy-projects/article1318559

    The Link, Feb.2011
    “Teacher’s Private Capital, the pension plan’s private investment department, has committed to provide up to 75 million in equity capital to BluEarth to fund renewable power opportunites.”
    From ARC – 160M in equity funding.
    http://www.constructionlinks.ca/cgi-bin/story.cgi?id=293329&print=1

  2. Another rule change?
    Re: ‘can’t see comments’
    ‘[excerpt] Raetsen said she could not comment on how many comments the MOE received during the 45-day comment period until after a decision is made. She said comments that do not contain personal information will be published once a decision is made.’

    As I recall – they posted # of comments, and you could read –
    @ the end of the comment period
    @ least, the comments they chose to show.

    Welcome to Ontario – what’s your secret?

  3. Sad to see all the players tied up in this. It is not a localized to any political party, business or geographical area. That is why it is a completely frustrating and uphill battle to fight. Noone wants their “bubble” to burst.

    To Barbara: Thanks for digging up the “dirt” on the players.

    To everyone else: Can we make a “sound” protest? I’d like everyone to listen to my turbine recording here: https://soundcloud.com/soundmann-com/bird-song-vs-industrial-wind

    What would be great is if you could play that wherever and whenever you encounter the “windies”/”greenies”. Play it on your iPhone, your computer, or through a megaphone! Let people hear the “annoyance” they are causing.

  4. The wind developers do not care about this noise and the BFN do not care about anything but what they can get or take from the white man, so where it leaves us? Money is the power and greed is God. Up hill battle to say the least and we were shot down at all levels. Little that they know that this damage is permanent. Gone will be the wildlife, the eagle and the bear. All spirits supposedly for them but again the colour of money well you know??? Gone will be the sights for the visitors from afar. Gone will be the most treasured heritage coast in Ontario if not Canada or the World. The protectors of the land ? Where? Gone is the understanding and forgiveness. The animosity just grows.The Liberals should have been thrown / kicked out a long time ago. The NDP are no better in their support for this fraud. We were too tolerant for too long and now we loose. What a pity! What a disgrace! What a disaster! Who stands to gain? Thanks for nothing!

    • We have what the other side does not, commitment. We are forced into a corner and have to move away or fight. What we need to do is focus the pressure. Focus many beams of light to ignite a single issue/event.

      Can we aim at investors? Without new investors, the scheme stops. None of the proponents are investing their own money. “Investors” are public sector unions and probably other places as well.

      How can we break this chain? What is the weakest link? Noise protest is just one idea. How about everyone filing a case against their neighbour(s) and/or the wind companies in Small Claims court. How about everyone write their pension funds and request their banks remove any renewables, if any.

      Richard

      • Pension funds should not be used for speculative investments and poor quality investments.

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