Man Hurt At CS Wind

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Details are scarce following an early morning industrial accident at CS Wind. Windsor Police say a 54-year-old man was rushed to hospital from the Anchor Dr. plant around 2am. He suffered non-life threatening injuries, but the details of the incident haven’t been released. The ministry of labour will investigate.

Wind company leaves Dawn-Euphemia township

ontario_cannot_afford_to_bet_its_future_on_windpower goSarnia Observer, Paul Morden
One of the first wind turbine project proposals in Lambton County appears to have pulled up stakes and left. Michael Schnare, administrator-clerk of Dawn-Euphemia Township, said landowners who had signed leases with the Sydenham Wind Energy Centre received letters recently from the developer saying the project is not going ahead.

“Mainsteam is no longer an active proponent here,” Schnare said. “They’re gone.” While the township hasn’t received official word from the company, landowners who signed leases allowing turbines to be built by Mainstream on their property received letters saying “they don’t think they could make a viable application under the new rules for energy procurement,” he said. Those landowners include Mayor Bill Bilton, who signed a lease several years ago.

Bilton said the letter he received a few weeks ago from the company said “they were terminating the project” and releasing landowners from their leases. “Wind mills have gotten to be such a controversial subject, it doesn’t really disappoint me,” the mayor said. Read article

Wind turbines blowing Ontario taxpayers’ money: Report

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Toronto Sun, Antonella Artuso
TORONTO — Wind turbines are sucking money out of Ontarians’ wallets, a new report says. What Goes Upa Fraser Institute report by Ross McKitrick and Tom Adams to be released Thursday, makes a number of controversial recommendations to ease the upward pressure on electricity bills.

The Ontario government should announce an immediate moratorium on new wind and solar power facilities, and revisit existing contracts that commit Ontarians to paying well above market rates for renewable electricity, the authors conclude.

“Wind and solar power systems provide less than 4% of Ontario’s power but account for 20% of the cost paid by Ontarians, yet the government wants to triple the number of wind and solar generators,” energy analyst Adams said in a statement. “That’s a good deal for wind and solar producers but a raw deal for consumers.” Read article

Big Wind (TVO Preview)

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Exploring the conflict over the controversial development of industrial wind turbines that threaten to irreversibly transform the landscape of Ontario.

Huge crane collapses at K2 Wind Project

[… or should I have titled it “More stuff happens” after yesterday?]

Scott Miller CTV News
Crane collapses at site of K2 wind farm near Lucknow. No injuries reported as crane toppled over as it moved from one turbine site to another. Work stopped on all 140 turbines as crews dismantle multi-million dollar crane. Ministry of Labour investigating. See more pictures here.

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“Stuff happens” making a NextEra wind project

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… again and again for this corporation of incompetents.

You won’t be surprised to hear of another ‘accident’ in NextEra’s Jericho project located in Lambton Shores .  This time it was an excavator in the ditch on Thomson Line, west of Arkona Road.  It is becoming a common occurrence while driving home from work to come across NextEra’s mishaps, which is why I never leave home without with my ipad!

The roll-over must have just occurred as only the operator and another worker were present.  When I approached the overturned vehicle to take pictures, the operator said to me, “Stuff happens.” Unfortunately for our community this type of occurrence seems to be happening all too often.  It looked like the wheels of the machine got too close to the soft edge of the ditch which gave way causing the excavator to roll.  I asked the workers if they were okay and both said yes.  When I was departing I passed several construction vehicles speeding towards the accident to quickly cover-up, er, clean up the mess. Continue reading

What happens to a “Willing Host” of wind turbines

DSC_0681Three weeks ago OWR blew the whistle on how wind giant NextEra Energy was trying to weasel out of paying for the damage it had caused to roads in Adelaide-Metcalfe township (pop. 3000). On the Sept 15th Agenda  there was an item in the Clerk/Administrator’s report detailing how NextEra was stonewalling and not answering calls for compensation for damages on Adelaide-Metcalfe roads caused by the NextEra construction traffic for 38 wind turbines this past year.

This is a council that refused to pass the “unwilling host” resolution, twice. That should win them points with the windies, right? – uh, uh – NextEra is more like an abusive partner; and, the Township, acting like the abused partner, decided to “out” NextEra’s callous behaviour resulting in the OWR post. Purely by coincidence (?), NextEra just happened to send an urgent letter to the Township the very same day (Sept. 15) as the OWR article was posted. In the letter, NextEra offers to pay $895,000 for for the damage to the roads.

Two days later on Sept. 17, the council met in a closed session to discuss the matter with its solicitor. Faced with repairs that probably well exceed NextEra’s guesstimate, and with municipal elections in the offing, the council made 2 resolutions:

Resolved that Council rejects the letter from NextEra Energy Canada dated September 15, 2014 and request that NextEra Energy Canada sign the Road Use Agreement, previously submitted for their approval and execution. CARRIED.

Resolved that, should NextEra Energy Canada not agree to the signing of the Road Use Agreement, a special meeting be set with Council and NextEra Energy Canada to discuss this matter. CARRIED.”

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MOE asks Dufferin Wind to guard against ‘potential’ water threat

july aug 2014 128Orangeville Banner, Chris Halliday
The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is asking Dufferin Wind Power to seal the foundations of more than 300 utility poles to guard against possible groundwater contamination in Melancthon and Amaranth. The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approved Dufferin Wind’s plan to construct a 230 kV transmission line from its 49-turbine wind farm in Melancthon to Amaranth last year.

Earlier this summer, however, the MOE asked Dufferin Wind to revise its construction blueprint. Ministry officials made that request after a local resident argued some utility pole foundations Dufferin Wind was constructing could act as conduits for surface water pollutants to enter the groundwater supply.

A memo written to municipal officials by Gary Tomlinson, senior environmental officer in the MOE’s Guelph office, identifies “it is possible that it can happen,” although he noted utility pole foundations aren’t particularly efficient pathways for large quantities of water. Read article

More than 150 hectares of Lambton County grasslands will be impacted by Suncor wind farm, group says

bobolink-bSarnia Observer, Barbara Simpson
A pair of ‘threatened’ bird species who help ensure crop survival could be in harm’s way with a proposed Suncor wind farm set for Lambton County, says a local anti-wind group. Members of We’re Against Industrial Turbines (WAIT) – Plympton-Wyoming have taken their concerns to the Ministry of the Environment after reviewing a species at risk report for the site of the 46-turbine wind farm planned for Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township.

More than 150 hectares of grasslands that are home to bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks will be affected by the Cedar Point project, said Kristen Rodrigues, who reviewed the report on behalf of WAIT-PW. “The bobolink and the eastern meadowlark are on the largest decline of any species at risk,” Rodrigues said. “They’re showing the sharpest down trend.” Bobolinks are actually among the top 10 species killed by wind turbines in Ontario, according to a Ministry of Natural Resources report. Part of the problem is these birds have been known to collide with tall lighted structures at night. Bobolinks also perform aerial mating displays, making them once again susceptible to collisions with turbines.

The Ministry of Natural Resources has prepared a recovery strategy to help restore the province’s population of these ‘threatened’ birds who are likely to become endangered unless action is taken. Suncor spokesperson Nicole Fisher said the company doesn’t believe that area bobolinks are being put at risk with the project, and instead pointed to protection measures being put in place. Read article

Bornish turbines have to be removed and rebuilt

It appears it’s not just a rumour, this turbine is coming down in NextEra’s Bornish wind project – blades were removed on July 7th, 2014.North Middlesex-20140705-00227 (2)

What we are hearing is at least 6 possibly as many as 9 turbine bases were not excavated deep enough, approx 3 feet too shallow, and they are leaning/unstable enough that they have to be dismantled, cement broken out, dug deeper, repoured and reconstructed.

They cannot just move them over and pour another pad.

Remember everyone— these people are EXPERTS!!!

Green energy sector breathes easier (greedier) after Ontario Liberal win

greedRichard Blackwell, The Globe and Mail
Ontario’s renewable energy sector has breathed a sigh of relief that a Liberal majority government has been elected in the province. The positive outlook is less a reflection of enthusiasm for Liberal policies, than satisfaction that the Progressive Conservatives did not win. The Tories had promised to dismantle many of the green energy policies that had supported the renewable industry.

“We are very happy with the outcome,” said Kent Brown, chief executive officer of BluEarth Renewables Inc., a Calgary-based company that has solar and wind projects in Ontario. “A majority government creates stability. We now have four years where the projects that the industry is still building can move ahead with certainty and get done.”

If there had been a PC government, Mr. Brown said, “there would be a huge amount of uncertainty and a question as to whether those [projects] under construction would get done. The Conservatives were unbelievably unclear. In all my years I have never met a Conservative Party that was so anti-business.” Read article

Experienced Appellants

6883422-corruption-in-the-government-in-a-corrupt-systemby Harvey Wrightman
When the Green Energy Act (GEA) was created in 2009 it was crafted to remove the planning powers of local councils. Recognizing that wind projects are complex, massively intrusive/destructive to local communities and create a lot of local resentment, an appeal process was set up where residents could file a formal appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) – a kind of safety valve where ordinary citizens could present their arguments. On receiving the appeal, the ERT could either accept the reasons for appeal as legitimate, or dismiss it straight away. All the appeals that have been filed against wind projects have been done by local groups or individuals who are acting “in the public interest” and do not stand to benefit personally from a favourable appeal decision. This is an important point that is generally accepted by the courts in this country. Notwithstanding this principle, both the Ministry of Environment (MOE) and various wind companies have sought costs awards in several ERT appeal hearings. Middlesex Lambton Wind Action Group Inc. has been the target of these motions in 3 of the 6 appeals we have been in – Zephyr, Varna, and most recently St. Columban. The decision in that case was provided on 2014/05/27 and has provided more guidance for future ERT appeals.

ORDER – The Approval Holder’s application for costs as against the MLWAG Appellants is dismissed.

From the decision:

On January 25, 2014, the Approval Holder informed the Tribunal that it intended to file with the Tribunal an application for costs with respect to the proceeding as against the MLWAG Appellants only. On January 27, 2014, the Tribunal wrote to the parties stating that the costs application would be heard in writing and requested that the parties agree to a schedule for submissions. On February 14, 2014, the Approval Holder served the parties and filed with the Tribunal its submissions with respect to the costs application. On February 26, 2014, the MLWAG Appellants filed submissions with respect to the costs applications. On February 26, 2014 and March 3, 2014, the Director and the Dixon/Ryan Appellants respectively wrote to the Tribunal stating that they would not be filing submissions. On March 4, 2014, the Approval Holder filed reply submissions.

That’s how the ERT describes the selective action taken by the approval—holder of the St. Columban wind project, owned by Veresen Inc. – a Calgary energy company that describes itself as, “Veresen is a leading diversified energy infrastructure company that owns and operates energy infrastructure assets across North America. We are engaged in three principal business lines…pipelines, midstream, renewable energy (wind).” Note, a gas/wind combo that is a common occurrence. Note also the selective nature of the application, the other appellants were not named. And lastly note that the “Approval Holder” Veresen is represented by McCarthy Tetrault, the same law firm that NextEra hired to pursue its SLAPP-suit against Esther Wrightman, who is my daughter. Continue reading

Leaseholder speaks out against NextEra

OPEN LETTER TO: Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mr. Tim Hudak, Ms. Andrea Horvath, REA

Being landowners who were fraudulently scammed into signing an option/lease for wind development in 2011, the terms and conditions of which we remained unaware until October 2013 when we were first given the document, then officially threatened with legal proceedings and financial ruin coercing us into signing the NextEra lease in February 2014, we would like to outline our experience of meetings with Company contacts (CanAcre for NextEra) in the last three weeks.

Nexterror Bullies Canada IncAs yet, we have not received a copy of the lease complete with a NextEra signatory as we should have by now. May 6th a representative arranged to meet to discuss the location of a collection line . .. part of NextEra’s design for our property for which we were offered no opportunity to give input. The point of this meeting was unclear as no concerns of ours were taken into consideration, the placement of the intended line would most surely harm and possibly kill a mature windbreak of spruce and cedar and at the meeting conclusion, we were informed that in the next few days a “survey” and the planting of stakes would take place.

The lease states that the Lessee (that’s NextEra) shall consult with Lessor with respect to siting the Works and to act fairly and reasonably in so consulting. We had never been consulted. Ever. Continue reading

Western University researchers calling on governments and wind farm developers to avoid feeding war of words

Adelaide WG MacDonald SchoolJohn Miner, London Free Press
After studying two Lake Erie communities, Western University researchers are calling on governments and wind farm developers to avoid feeding the war of words that has broken out between supporters and opponents of wind turbines.

In a study published in the journal Environment and Planning, the Western geography department researchers found people who have raised health concerns and other objections to wind turbines are denigrated, dismissed and ostracized by supporters of the developments in their communities. They also endure shots by senior politicians, such as former premier Dalton McGuinty, who dismissed health concerns as “unreal.”

The treatment only makes the situation worse for individuals with concerns, said associate geography professor Jamie Baxter, one of the study’s authors. “If you get right down to the micro level of the community, life is not good for these people,” Baxter said Wednesday. Read article

A TALE OF TWO COMMUNITIES
Support for wind farms
Port Burwell: 80%
Clear Creek: 66%

Average number of turbines within 2 km of homes
Port Burwell: 3.7 turbines
Clear Creek: 6.8 turbines

Percentage claiming health impacts
Port Burwell: 3%
Clear Creek: 22%

What NextEra’s wind turbines did to Adelaide township

These are pictures of only a fraction of the wind turbines up right now in the township of Adelaide-Metcalfe. NextEra is not even half way done installing 38 turbines, Suncor hasn’t even started digging for their 20, and neither has WPD for their 2.

Wind Turbines and Autism – Sarah Hornblower

Wind Turbines proposed around Sarah Hornlower’s home: 92 NextEra turbines (Jericho Project), 44 Suncor turbines(Cedar Point Project).

One year anniversary of CAW/UNIFOR turbine

CAWThe Shoreline Beacon, by Wayne McGrath
We are approaching a dark anniversary of what I believe to a very bad and hurtful declaration pushed into our community by the combined forces of UNIFOR (CAW) and our own provincial government.

8,760 hours (one year) of suffering by members of this community should be considered a serious crime. The evidence is clear and precise. Industrial wind turbines project two levels of noise that effect certain people in a most horrid way. Currently, about 1,800 turbines are built and another 4,900 are planned to eventually total 6,736 turbines ruining rural Ontario. Within two weeks of the CAW turbine starting, 16 complaints had been made and that number kept increasing throughout the summer. If you used just 16 complaints for one turbine and multiply by 6,736 projected turbines, 108,000 Ontario citizens are and will become sick. The reality of actual facts makes this estimate very low.

When you know that Ontario produces more power than needed and the government has no intention of altering future turbine developments, you have to wonder where common sense disappeared to. Cronyism is thriving. One of the first companies to reap the windfall from turbine subsidies is now the president of the Liberal Party of Canada. This may partially explain why the CAW turbine, with no setback distance, was allowed to proceed despite the government’s own 550 m setback rule. Read article

NextEra taking West Grey to court over turbine delays

NextTerror lawyerThe Sun Times, Don Crosby
WEST GREY – NextEra Energy Canada is turning to the court for help getting its wind energy development east of Durham off the ground. Allen Wiley, vice-president of development for NextEra Canada, said during an interview from his office in Florida that the company is taking legal action after West Grey turned down requests for entrance permits and delayed a decision on the company’s request to bring oversized and overweight heavy equipment over municipal roads and bridges.

NextEra is planning to erect 14 industrial wind turbines near Priceville. “Given the delays we’ve been incurring over the past better part of six months trying to get some of these things through, we’ve opted to go to court,” said Wiley.

“This is NextEra negotiating,” said West Grey Mayor Kevin Eccles, who was not surprised with the company’s decision. He said it’s not the first time NextEra has sought a legal solution to a disagreement rather than negotiate a settlement.

West Grey council on Feb. 17 turned down a request by NextEra for several entrance permits that would allow the company access from municipal roads onto properties where some of the wind turbines are to sited. Council also voted March 3 to delay approving a request by NextEra to move heavy equipment on municipal roads until there is an road-use agreement. Read article

Buddhists vs. Ontario Liberals on Wind Turbines

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Cham Shan

Travels with NexTerror…

Dear NexTerror,
On Friday we (the 3 sisters, yes them) just wanted to Tweet you a #FF (but for your company that translates to: “F@#$ you Friday”). I suppose it was a regular “Follow Friday” too, as we followed your destruction around our neighbourhood, or more like ran into it on every damn road we drove up.

In the Adelaide project we admired what big teeth you have. “All the better to eat you with,” you replied.

We travelled, like good women, down our country roads, with a crane in front and behind our vehicle.  And then you blocked the road with your pickup truck (no flag men). Hm. Well. If you are going to make us stop, we will make you stop.

Oh no not again. Every damn road your trucks are telling us to move over, let you through.  Ladies first, dammit! Your towers can back up, and your gravel truck can get on the right side of the road, please and thank you. Continue reading

NextEra Middlesex wind projects to turn on by end of June

IMG_0467John Miner, London Free Press
Giant turbines now under construction at wind farms in Middlesex County should be generating electricity by the end of June, according to a project manager with NextEra Energy Canada. “It has been an incredible winter. It has had an impact but we are working through it,” said Nicole Geneau of NextEra.

NextEra Energy Canada is a subsidiary of U.S. energy giant NextEra, the largest generator of wind and solar power in United States with a portfolio that also includes nuclear energy and natural gas. NextEra Energy has five wind farms in the London region, three with the necessary provincial approvals in place for construction – Adelaide, Bornish and Bluewater.

Two others, Goshen in Huron County and Jericho in Lambton and Middlesex Counties are still awaiting their final approvals under Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act. Read article

Court favours wind turbines over endangered Blanding’s turtle

alvar destructionJohn Spears, Toronto Star
Blanding’s turtle is in trouble again: An Ontario court has cleared the way for a wind farm that an environmental tribunal says will threaten the turtle’s habitat. The modest reptile had stood in the way of a wind farm at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County.

But a divisional court panel ruled Thursday that theenvironmental tribunal made six errors of law in reaching its conclusion that the wind farm would cause “serious and irreversible harm” to the turtle.

The court restored the decision by provincial officials, allowing Gilead Power to proceed with the project, which would erect nine big wind turbines on the site.

It was a bitter blow to local nature and conservation groups. They had argued the wind farm – and the increased traffic associated with it – would harm not just the turtles, but also birds, bats and the rare “alvar” ecosystem at Ostrander Point. Read article

Giant Goderich 140 wind turbine project gets go-ahead

goderichJohn Miner, London Free Press
Construction of a massive wind farm — equal to the largest ever planned in Ontario — is set to start after a victory for the company at the Environmental Review Tribunal. Workers are being hired and construction is to start before the end of March, the companies behind the K2 Wind Power Project said Thursday.

The project north of Goderich will dwarf existing wind farms in the province, with a capacity of 270 megawatts and 140 giant turbines. It’s expected to start providing power by the second half of 2015, enough to meet the energy needs of 100,000 homes. The project will require construction of 90 kilometres of new access roads in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Township just to service the turbines.

Local opponents of the project had appealed its approval to the review tribunal, arguing the project will have far-reaching negative impacts on the lives and property of township residents. Read article

County vote on power-line deal deferred

wind transmission linesOrangeville Citizen, Wes Kellar
A decision by Dufferin County Council on whether or not to accept $1.4-million payment for a power line easement on the county-owned former CPR rail corridor was deferred following a revelation that commencement of an expropriation proceeding had been postponed,

As well, there was an impassioned plea by Melancthon resident Scott Funston and a presentation CORE (Conserve Our Rural Environment) chair Jane Pepino, both of whom urged the council not to sign off on the easement agreement.

The council had learned at 4 p.m. last Thursday that the expropriation proceeding had been postponed to March 10 from Feb. 18. It had previously prepared a bylaw for finalization of an easement agreement. Now it has until Feb. 28 to file disclosures. It will hold a special meeting prior to March 10 to deal finally with the issues.

As if further to complicate matters, the council Thursday heard opposing legal opinions about its bargaining position from two lawyers who would probably both qualify as experts on the issues facing the council. Read article

This is what the Green Energy Act invasion looks like in Ontario

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Group says turbine violations should halt project

South Kent Wind Samsung Pattern Chatham Kent McKinlay Rd 1St. Catharines Standard, Don Fraser
A group opposed to West Lincoln turbines is demanding the cancellation of the project due to setback violations. It says three of five industrial wind turbines at the location in the west part of the township were constructed in violation of provincial regulations.

In a Monday release, West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group says the violations in property boundary setback requirements were confirmed by a Ministry of the Environment official. However, another official told the group “a new precedent will be set to legitimize the … deficiencies” by letting the wind company get retroactive permission from affected neighbors to accept reduced turbine setback distances from their property boundaries.

“Once again, the wind industry is not in compliance with regulations,” said action group co-chair Deb Murphy. Read article

One solar panel can’t connect to grid, but over 100 wind turbines can…

CTV News
It was a $100,000 investment in a greener future, but four-years after Rita Van Geffen invested her retirement savings into a ground mount solar panel, she’s only now seeing a return and not the kind she was looking for.

In April 2010, Van Geffen invested in a solar panel, which has yet to be connected to the grid. “It’s doing absolutely nothing. I can’t get it connected,” she says. “I believed in green energy and I thought it was a good return on my money.” Read article

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Wind Energy Meeting Silences the Public

gagged_free-speechNo Frakking Consensus
I live in a small town. A company called Capital Power is erecting 59 wind turbines on the outskirts of my community. This is known as the Port Dover and Nanticoke Wind Project.

Earlier today, my husband drew my attention to a story in the local newspaper (accompanied by a quarter-page advertisement). The Port Dover Maple Leaf is a weekly, distributed by the postal service to subscribers every Wednesday. The edition published two days ago informs the public about a meeting associated with the above-mentioned wind project that will take place next Tuesday, February 11th.

According to the government of Ontario, the primary purpose of this meeting is the facilitation of:

two way communications between the Company and members of the public with respect to issues relating to the construction, installation, use, operation, maintenance and retirement of the Facility [bold added, see page 15 of this document]

But no genuine two-way communication appears to be taking place. A headline on the newspaper ad says the meeting is “Open to the General Public for Viewing.” The third paragraph says the meeting “is open to the general public for observation.”

Oh, wait, that’s not quite true. According to the ad – which appeared in a newspaper distributed on Wednesday Feb. 5th – members of the public can seek permission to speak at this community meeting. Here’s the relevant section from the ad:

Brief depositions may be presented by members of the public. Please note that depositions will be selected at the discretion of the [committee facilitator, Capital Power, and other committee members]. To be considered for a public deposition, a written request, which must include the written deposition, must be submitted before Thursday, February 6, 2014, to the CLC Facilitator [bold and italics added].

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Essex road re-opens after massive turbine base falls off transport

turbine base falls off transport

CTV Windsor News
OPP have re-opened Essex County Road 42 in the Town of Tecumseh. A tractor trailer carrying a wind turbine part lost its load on the stretch of road between Essex County Road 43 and Banwell Road Tuesday morning. The road was closed for several hours. No injuries are reported.

Sunday night wind turbine construction? What’s the hurry, Samsung?

9:00pm Sunday, Feb 2, 2014
South Kent Wind, Samsung Project, New Scotland Line