Congratulations on your election to office as Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, and our new Premier-Designate.
We ask you now to consider acting on an issue of critical importance to Ontario’s rural and small urban communities, and the environment. We believe it is well past the time to amend the Green Energy and Green Economy Act (GEA) to protect the health and safety of Ontario citizens and wildlife.
To be specific, this amendment should stipulate that until scientifically-determined setbacks are established, Industrial Wind Turbines must be no closer than 10km from internationally-recognized Important Bird Areas (IBAs), and no closer than 2km from present or future residential home sites. These interim “Safe Setback” amendments would remain in effect until scientifically-determined safe setback distances are decided by independent organizations such as Nature Canada and Health Canada.
CCSAGE strives to promote “Safe and Appropriate Green Energy”, but many Ontario wind energy projects are neither safe nor appropriate. These include the recently-approved nine-turbine project on Crown Land in the Important Bird Area or IBA at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County. Read letter
By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer
SIMCOE – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is looking for answers in the aftermath of this week’s outcry over the destruction of an eagle’s nest in west Haldimand on the weekend. The legislature in Toronto remains in recess while provincial Liberals pick a successor to outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty. However, that hasn’t stopped Queen’s Park from buzzing about what some are calling an environmental travesty.
Barrett reported that the incident near Fisherville came up for discussion during a packed meeting Wednesday of the Progressive Conservative caucus. Barrett said no one was sympathetic to the Ministry of Natural Resource’s argument that the nest was destroyed to reduce the risk of bird mortality from a pending wind turbine project. “Why would they make a decision like that?” Barrett said. “I want to know who made this call. I want to find out if someone directed MNR to grant this permit and go against its legislation. My gut feeling is there is something seriously wrong here. I want to find out whether this decision was made outside the MNR.”
The Summerhaven wind project belongs to Nextera Energy Canada. The MNR quietly issued the company a permit to remove the eagles’ nest Dec. 31 because it was in an area slated for three turbines. The MNR didn’t post word of the permit on its website until after 5 p.m. Friday. The crew that took down the tree in question began work Saturday morning before sunrise. Read article
Countylive.ca (Open letter to Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment)
The Ministry of Environment’s decision not to conduct an Individual Environmental Assessment of access roads at Ostrander Point, announced in your December 19, 2012 letter, is based on numerous errors in fact and judgment.
Your letter states that between March and April 2011 you received 21 requests from members of the public. In point of fact, the Honourable John Wilkinson, then Minister of Environment (MOE), received the requests. In the last election Mr. Wilkinson was held accountable for his mishandling of the MOE portfolio.
Only 17 of the 21 requests came from members of the public. The other four requests were from organizations which collectively represent thousands of citizens. Why does your letter diminish the significance of comments by the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County; the South Shore Conservancy; Friends of Arron Lake, Wind Concerns Ontario Grey Bruce; and the Prince Edward Field Naturalists, Ontario Nature and Nature Canada?
All the requests point out the extensive impact of the access roads:
fragmentation of wildlife habitat by the loop design
destruction/loss of alvar and woodland habitat
disturbance of avian and terrestrial wildlife during wind turbine construction and during the next 25
years of operation due to increased on-site human activities
harm, harassment and killing of two threatened species, Whip-poor-will and Blanding’s Turtle, albeit
authorized by a Ministry of Natural Resources permit
disturbance to raptors, especially protected Bald and Golden Eagles. Read article
Canada Free Press
NORTH BAY – Recent government approvals which are allowing the dismantling of the homes and habitat of birds in favour of wind turbine construction is proof positive there needs to be an immediate moratorium on wind development, PC Energy Critic and Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli said today.
On Saturday, with the blessing of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), a bald eagle’s nest and the tree it was housed in was removed to make way for an industrial wind turbine development near Fisherville (www.sunnewsnetwork.ca, January 7, 2013).
“How can anyone with an environmental conscience allow this to happen?” Fedeli asked.
“I guess when given the choice between wildlife and wind turbines, you pick the one that pays you and your friends the big fat government subsidy,” said Fedeli sarcastically. Read article
The Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County (APPEC) has filed an appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) on the approval of Gilead Power’s Ostrander Point wind project. The appeal, says Henri Garand, APPEC Chair, “is focused on the serious health effects that nine wind turbines will inflict on residents living within two kms.
“In 2011, the Chatham-Kent ERT panel acknowledged that wind turbines can cause harm when sited too close. It also noted that Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Arlene King had failed to research ‘indirect’ health effects in her 2010 review of scientific literature. “APPEC’s appeal will take into account the ERT’s guidance on the need to show harm to specific ‘receptors,’ aka persons. It will present the latest acoustical, epidemiological and medical research, as well as the testimonies of Ontario wind victims.”
Garand notes that while previous ERT appeals featured a battle among experts, “this time Ontario residents will recount the adverse health effects they personally experience when living next to wind turbines despite supposedly protective setbacks. Read article
For Immediate Release January 7, 2013 Last minute approval of habitat destruction for wind towers, “Unconscionable”
Selkirk – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett says approval to remove an eagles’ nest east of Selkirk smacks of big money corrupting Ontario government procedure. The tree hosting the nest was cut down Saturday, January 5, 2013, to make way for an access road for a Next Era wind turbine. The Ministry of Natural Resources published permission for the removal at 5pm Friday, January 4.
“Frankly, I feel betrayed – I was in communication with the Minister’s office through December, and we were never alerted to this unconscionable decision until it was too late,” asserted Barrett. “I got to the site on Saturday just after the nest had been removed.”
Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal green-lighted the Next Era project last fall following a month-long hearing in Hagersville. “Clearly the Ontario government and its Green Energy Act have corrupted the system – with so much money to be made by government’s wind proponent friends, concerns for wildlife and rural values are steamrolled while opponents are kept in the dark,” Barrett intoned. “We’ve been told that the nest was removed to reduce eagle mortality – a clear admission that wind turbines kill eagles.” Continue reading →
Ministry of Natural Resources Crown Land Site Report
On December 14, 2012 the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) began accepting Applications under the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) 2.1 Program for Small Projects >10kW to ≤500kW. In order to align access to provincial Crown land with the OPA’s FIT 2.1 Program, MNR has developed the Crown Land Site Report document. As per the FIT Rules Version 2.1, FIT 2.1 Applicants with projects proposed for provincial Crown land must submit a completed Crown Land Site Report to the Ministry of Natural Resources prior to submitting their FIT 2.1 hard copy Application to the OPA. This Crown Land Site Report submission requirement applies to all FIT 2.1 Applicants that have not been awarded Site Access (e.g. Applicant of Record status) by MNR for their FIT 2.1 Application site(s). The Crown Land Site Report for Small Feed-In Tariff 2.1 Projects (>10kW to ≤500kW) document is available for download here (PDF 325Kb) .
Site Access Maps
The Ministry of Natural Resources has released a series of maps showing Crown land renewable energy application sites that are not available to potential new Crown land applicants for the purposes of applying to FIT 2.1. The application sites shown on these maps are currently held by existing applicants with Crown land Site Access (e.g. Applicant of Record status) and/or an energy procurement contract.
The Water Power Sites (PDF .76Mb) provincial scale map shows the location and site identification numbers of Crown land water power application sites held by existing applicants with Site Access. The Wind Power Sites (PDF 8.9Mb) document includes a provincial scale map showing application sites held by existing applicants with Site Access, as well as a series of 33 individual maps which provide the corresponding grid cell reference number information. A description of grid cells and a listing of all cells occupied by existing applicants with Site Access is also available here (PDF 113Kb).
Manitoulin Island, December 10, 2012 The Manitoulin Coalition for Safe Energy Alternatives Inc. (MCSEA) has pulled the plug on an appeal of a large wind project by Northland Power LP on Manitoulin Island. This action for the reasons below unfortunately now eliminates other parties, participants or presenters their say at the hearing had it moved forward. MCSEA wrote to the Environmental Review Tribunal stating notice of withdrawal of the appeal for the 20,000 acre Northland Power McLean’s Mountain wind project near Little Current to Honora Bay. MCSEA objects to the 24 industrial wind turbines placed in key natural habitat, wetlands and waterfowl nesting areas and environmentally sensitive areas that contain species at risk. Other wind farm impacts were included in our submission to the MOE. Continue reading →
December 10th 2012; somewhere in Haldimand Norfolk.
Ok so I like reading weird and depressing articles; it is something to do while under construction siege from a wind developer. Recently read an article titled ``Views vary on environmental effects; by Dave Sutor December 9th 2012 ; published in the Tribune-Democrat“ in the article I noted the statistics for bird and bat kills.
“Operators of Pennsylvania’s wind farms voluntarily collect the data and submit it to the state game commission for review. In a March 2011 report, the commission determined an average of 24.6 bats and 3.9 birds were found dead next to every turbine per year between 2007 and 2009 “ (my emphasis)
And further in this paragraph…. “It’s no surprise that wind power is good for our environment; we’ve known that for years,” said PennEnvironment clean water advocate Erika Staaf. “But our report, for the first time, quantifies the full environmental impact and other environmental and health benefits that Pennsylvanians get from wind power.”
So I went and looked up the report referenced.. sigh. Nice graphics (always have been taught to find something nice to say) …. Ok now that I have been re-educated; I will move onto the trolling of finding new articles and reports to read. Everyone avert their eyes to the mounds of dead bats and birds being collected. They are an acceptable consequence and an infinite resource. Let us celebrate their demise and loss of natural habitats. They came to a glorious end for the greater good.
Please be sure to explain this to the bats and especially include the Eagles located next to the turbines in the Summerhaven NextEra project in Haldimand Norfolk; http://haldimandwindconcerns.com/?p=1850
Their sacrifice will not be in vain. Oh such great comfort to the people being surrounded by an industrial installation. It sends chills down my spine.
Linda J Rogers
Somewhere in Haldimand-Norfolk ON Canada
(200+ industrial wind turbines and counting)
By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Ontario’s environmental commissioner “is hitting the nail on the head” by recommending wind turbines not be allowed in Important Bird Areas, says Lambton Shores Coun. John Russell. Commissioner Gord Miller’s recent annual report says Ontario needs to be “smarter about where we place wind power facilities,” adding there are shortcomings in the guidelines for evaluating and reducing turbines’ harmful effects on birds, bats and their habitats. “The Ministry of Natural Resources should rectify these shortcomings and prohibit new wind power development within Ontario’s Important Bird Areas,” Miller said.
Lambton Shores is home to two of the officially designed areas, including the Thedford Flats where thousands of migrating tundra swans stop each spring. It’s also one of the communities where Nextera Energy plans to build the 92-turbine Jericho Wind Energy Centre. Russell who chaired a committee in the 1990s to have the Thedford Flats, a former marsh, designated as one of Ontario’s 70 Important Bird Areas said the turbines shouldn’t be built there, or in the birds’ flight path. “It’s a no-brainer,” he said.
Swans, ducks and geese are “pretty good at avoiding turbines,” said Scott Petrie, an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario and executive director of Long Point Waterfowl. “You’re not going to have enough hitting turbines that it’s actually going to cause a population decline.” But their tendency to avoid turbines – particularly those placed in important waterfowl habitats – is a reason for concern, according to Petrie. “It’s tantamount to habitat loss because they’re avoiding areas that they would normally use.” Denmark’s experience with the impact of turbines on waterfowl led to a recommendation they not be built within one kilometre of important staging habitats, like the Thedford Flats, Petrie said. He added they also shouldn’t be allowed on waterfowl flight corridors. Read article
“Ten years from now, will we think of renewable energy as clean and green? Emerging research on the side effects and limitations of solar cells, wind turbines, biofuels, electric cars and other alternative energy strategies will likely transform conventional wisdom about what’s green, and what’s not. Which players will be left in the dust? Who will innovate the next green revolution? And how?
The Sunday Times describes Ozzie Zehner an “an academic who is causing shockwaves.” He is the author of Green Illusions and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. He lectures at universities and public policy organizations.”
[Note: After the release of this disturbing video, wind developers are simply dismissing it at meetings, saying the vulture was “shot” down by the cameramen. You be the judge.]
Raptors such as vultures, eagles and hawks are the most vulnerable bird to turbine accidents. The big birds typically soar at about the same height as the turbine blades – roughly 300 to 400 feet. In one year, the entire population of White Tailed Eagles was wiped out at Smola, Norway. In Ontario, it has been reported coyotes are numerous around turbine facilities. Why? To swoop in and pick up the dead and injured. Continue reading →
A retired Queen’s University physics professor says wind farms don’t live up to the hype generated by energy companies and governments.
John Harrison says that for the final six months of 2009, the Wolfe Island wind farm operated at about one-quarter efficiency.
It’s misleading, Harrison said, for Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen and Trans -Alta, the company that recently bought the wind farm, to claim that the 86 turbines power 75,000 homes. Continue reading →
Some Huron-Kinloss Twp. residents want to make it clear that they are still concerned with wind turbine development in the municipality.
Township resident David Colling attended the Jan. 11 council meeting and said he wanted to clear up any misconception about the wind turbine company burying the transmission lines. He said not all lines have been buried yet and families are not able to move back into their homes.
“One family is still in a hotel, paid for by the wind turbine company; another has left the township and two other families have moved back to their homes but they are still experiencing health problems,” said Colling. Continue reading →
The Regional News This Week (Haldimand Norfolk area)
My family and I moved into Walpole Township 20 years ago made it home and raised our children. I have never offered my thoughts or opinions to a newspaper before, but after attending the Port Dover and Nanticoke wind farm show and tell, I feel I have to.
We enjoy rural life. We don’t have city water or sewers, sidewalks or streetlights. Being able to sit out in the evening, listening to the bullfrogs and crickets whilst staring at the stars in the dark night sky, feeling sorry for the city folk that just don’t understand we’re not living out here because we’re poor and cannot afford to live in the city, we are here because we want to be.
I then read that some large corporation has decided that they want to make a lot of money by moving large wind turbines into this area and sell the electricity to the grid. This in the name of ‘renewable energy’ and we are supposed to be good corporate citizens and welcome them with open arms. Continue reading →
Something is rotten: Despite wind power, fossil fuels still dominate electricity production
Denmark oozes green.
Its capital, Copenhagen, won the moral right to host next month’s climate change summit in good part because Denmark seems to have found the winning balance between growth and carbon reduction. Wind power is coming on strong. Its citizens are willing to pay sky-high electricity prices to encourage conservation. Its hot-water-based district heating system is considered a marvel of energy efficiency. Continue reading →
Editor note: This post will be followed by Part II on additional technical documentation. Mr. Hawkins’s study is presented to increase the interest in this highly important, politically sensitive issue of incremental pollution from firming up industrial wind power.
Integrating random, highly variable wind energy into an electricity system presents substantial problems that subvert wind technology’s ability to offset the use of fossil fuels–and avoid air emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2). Measuring this accurately is important because many believe that wind projects significantly reduce such emissions. Continue reading →
Smitherman has long been considered one of Ontario’s strongest politicians. He’s smart, charismatic and has the courage of his convictions. He knows you can’t make a soufflé without breaking an egg or two.
Which is why it’s a really good thing for the people of Ontario that Smitherman is finally (as has long been rumoured and denied) setting his cap for the mayoralty of Toronto. And leaving the rest of us alone. Continue reading →
An Arran-Elderslie councillor’s attempts to control the construction of large industrial wind turbines in the municipality has hit more roadblocks.
Elderslie ward Coun. Mark Davis said yesterday he’s “getting really tired of hearing what we can’t do” to control the construction of wind turbines which he calls “intrusive” and “an eyesore” on the rural landscape. Continue reading →
Toronto StarFinally, our premier is listening to more level-headed people in the cabinet. He should have done this long ago. The “green energy” plans his energy and infrastructure minister have presented have set the government against the people it governs, threatened whole communities, make little or no economic or environmental sense, give the appearance that the government is in bed with the wind energy companies, create lucrative opportunities for expensive consultants, and in some cases endanger the public’s health. It is an ill-conceived plan that has removed people’s rights to legitimately object to the actions of their government.
Congratulations to the Liberal cabinet members who finally found the courage to speak up. One hopes this will mean that Dalton McGuinty will rethink his government’s entire approach to green energy and start exploring a range of viable options instead of dumping wind turbines on unwilling communities.
In the PR war over subsidies, the wind industry appears to be waging a dirty war.
When industries look for government subsidies for money-losing propositions, a common business model these days, one of the most important strategic elements is to make sure you have a well-oiled public relations machine to keep the facts from getting in the way. Voters don’t like to back money-losers, which means keeping them steadily misinformed or at least confused. Continue reading →
Alas, it is true. Although I’m sure the deceitful carpetbagging windies and their gullible cultish followers will jump up and down, turn beet red, scream “NIMBY” “NIMBY” NIMBY” at the top of their lungs and say it ain’t so — all of which, by the way, are typical bully boy tactics of distraction which those folks use on a regular basis.
Yup. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but turbine noise can, indeed, be faster than a speeding bullet. Low frequency noise and vibration are steadfast companions to those 400 foot high throbbing turbines and plenty is being said about their detrimental effect on humans and wildlife on land. (For a peek at the gruesome details, read the sad example of Kay Armstrong of Clear Creek, ON on the north shore of Lake Erie at windturbinesyndrome.com )
But are you aware of the more appalling effect in an aquatic freshwater environment like Lake Erie? Would you believe that the low frequency noise/vibration effects can be even worse to God’s scaley-cum-slimey creatures (which are worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the economy)? Continue reading →
Krystyn Tully, Waterkeeper.ca Weekly
On September 24, 2009, the public comment period ended for one of Lake Ontario’s largest and newest wind development projects: SkyPower Corporation’s Proposed Byran Wind Project. The Byran Project would add up to forty-three wind turbines to Prince Edward County, one of the last rural areas on the north shore. In our comment, Waterkeeper recommended that a full, independent environmental assessment be conducted so that the potential environmental impacts of the project can be properly identified, and then prevented.
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“Eventually the obsession of our politicians with tower blocks was seen to be one of the greatest follies of the age. In time to come – it may be sooner than we think – the obsession with wind power will likewise come to be seen as an even greater folly”
Recently released, in The Wind Farm Scam, Dr. John Etherington argues that wind farm technology is a wholly counter-productive and undesirable response to the problems of climate change and electricity generation. Dr. Etherington is a former Reader in Ecology, Thomas Huxley Medallist at the Royal College of Science and former co-editor of the Journal of Ecology. Continue reading →
Medical officer of health Dr. Hazel Lynn told a crowd of angry citizens opposed to wind farms last night that she also has concerns about health effects of the giant turbines, but lacks the power to alter green-energy legislation.
“I certainly appreciate the fact that people are suffering and I want to know why and what to do about it,” she said during an information meeting at the Grey Bruce Health Unit.
However Lynn told the crowd of about 120 that their anger and frustration is aimed at the wrong people because the health unit has no influence over new Green Energy Act rules aimed at streamlining the construction of wind farms.
Keynote speaker Dr. Ray Copes echoed Lynn’s comments as the crowd grew increasingly frustrated. Continue reading →
Despite overwhelming worldwide evidence and hundreds of health impact statements from victims of wind turbine syndrome, the wind industry likes to tell people that “there is no peer-reviewed scientific evidence indicating wind turbines have an adverse impact on human health” (this statement is taken directly from actual applications for approval to build industrial wind turbines).
Health Canada disagrees. Furthermore, Health Canada provides specific references to these studies. Health Canada also identifies statements in these applications which they deem “misleading.”Continue reading →
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Conclusion: After reviewing articles and studies on wind energy, wind turbines appear to have a negative impact on the property values, health, and quality of life of residents in close proximity. Of the studies that found no impact on property value, nearly all were funded by wind farm developers or renewable energy advocacy groups. Of the studies and reports showing property loss, the average negative effect is -20.7%.Continue reading →