By Morgan Ian Adams, Enterprise-Bulletin
COLLINGWOOD — Collingwood councillors are tilting against windmills. Literally. While lining up to oppose the construction of wind turbines in Ontario, in the face of the Green Energy Act, may seem slightly quixotic, councillors forged ahead on Monday night to voice their disapproval to the Fairview Wind project in Clearview Township.
That project would see eight 500-foot turbines erected throughout the northern part of the township — including two within what’s been argued is the ‘outer surface’ of the Collingwood Regional Airport, and therefore presently potential interference to aircraft movements.
Two other proposed turbines sit on the imaginary line that is the 2.1 nautical-mile radius around the airport. Transport Canada guidelines specify that no objects above 150 feet be located within that approach area.
On Monday, councillors approved a motion, 8-1, drafted by the airport board expressing the view to the Ministry of the Environment that the documents submitted by project proponent WPD Canada to support its application “are inadequate and incomplete, and not in compliance with the Environmental Protection Act, (or) the Green Energy Act.” Read article
The motion also states WPD “failed to carry out the assessment… of any negative environmental effects that may result from the engaging in the project upon Collingwood Regional Airport and on the social/economic wellbeing of the Georgian Triangle area, and in turn has failed to identify modifications to the proposal to reduce or remove the negative impacts. Read article
The (usually invisible) turbulence from wind turbines is a serious aviation hazard.
By Paul Hayes, Director of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA), Canadian Plane Trade Magazine
A matter of increasing concern to our members is the almost uncontrolled spread of wind turbines across many areas of our country with, in many cases, little or no concern for the impacts on aviation.
These structures, nominally over 400 feet in height above ground, are being established either individually, in small groups or in much larger farms of over 20 or more units. Continue reading