Big Thunder Wind Farm – “I am not prepared to issue a permit…” MNR Minister

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THUNDER BAY – It is looking like the proposed wind farm atop the Nor’Wester escarpment isn’t likely to proceed. The proposal which has been hotly opposed by residents, and seen the City of Thunder Bay sued by Horizon is now likely not to receive needed Environmental Permits from the Ministry of Natural Resources. Continue reading

Horizon holds another Open House in Thunder Bay

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THUNDER BAY – At last night’s public meeting over the wind park, Videographer Alan Auld covered the event for NetNewsledger.com. Read the entire article here

Blustery start for wind farm lawsuit

Anthony Zwig, president and CEO of Toronto-based Horizon Wind Inc.

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THUNDER BAY – City of Thunder Bay Legal Counsel received notification this afternoon that the Superior Court will not stay, or put on hold, Horizon’s action for breach of contract pending resolution by an arbitrator. Superior Court Justice Whitaker ruled the arbitration clause applies only to disputes under the Lease and not disputes under the Option Agreement, which is the subject matter of Horizon’s dispute before the Court. Continue reading

Horizon Wind Developers vs. Thunder Bay

New Mayor of Thunder By, Keith Hobbs responding to lawsuit by Horizon Wind

Horizon lawsuit may kill project in Thunder Bay

In launching their $126 million law suit, it is now likely that the Big Thunder Wind Farm in Thunder Bay is now finished. Councillors, who in 2006 were enthusiastic, are now far more aware of facts on the project. Candidates for office in Monday’s election have seen how the project has been one that has divided this community.

With the launching of the law suit against the city, the one thing that the company likely didn’t expect has happened, they shifted the tide of opinion against themselves.

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THUNDER BAY – Under the Ontario Municipal Act there are specific areas where a municipal government should go “in camera” or behind closed doors for discussions. Continue reading

Horizon files suit

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

The City of Thunder Bay is facing a $126-million lawsuit in the aftermath of its decision to approve only 14 of 18 of Horizon Wind’s preferred wind turbine locations on the Nor’Wester Mountain range.

Horizon Wind Inc. confirmed the lawsuit was being filed at 4 p.m. Tuesday, but could not say what the specific damages they were seeking. Continue reading

Thunder Bay Council to make decision on Horizon Wind project

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

Horizon Wind will have a definitive answer on Oct. 12 whether or not the city plans to allow the company’s proposed Nor’Wester Mountain Range wind turbine farm to go ahead.

City council on Monday ordered administration to prepare a public report on the land lease and the turbine locations, giving them just three days to post it on the city’s website. Continue reading

Horizon Wind Inc. – Big Thunder Wind Park Open House

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Thunder Bay to defer decision on Horizon Wind project

Shelburne, Ont.'s Barbara Ashbee-Lorand says an independent health study on the effects of wind turbines is needed.

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

Fearing legal ramifications, city council chose to defer a proposed resolution calling for a report on Horizon Wind Inc.’s revised plan for 18 wind turbines on the Nor’Wester Mountains.

The report, solely to give council information to vote for or against the location of the turbines, was originally scheduled to be delivered on May 17.

Council was facing a chicken-or-egg scenario at Tuesday’s special committee of the whole meeting, which saw deputations from 20 residents and Horizon president Anthony Zwig, who presented a revised plan that would see six turbines moved back 600 metres, setting up a minimum 1.1-kilometre buffer zone between the industrial power generators and the nearest homes. Continue reading

Turbines disastrous says Thunder Bay opponent

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

On the eve of a planned presentation to council by the company planning to erect 18 wind turbines on the Nor’Wester Mountain range, its opponents called it a potential financial disaster for the city.

Irene Bond, a vocal member of the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee, on Monday asked council to consider one of three alternatives before allowing Horizon Wind to proceed with the $75-million project. Continue reading

Thunder Bay Wind farm makes move

by BRANDON WALKER
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A Horizon Wind proposal to move the Big Thunder wind project 1.1 kilometres from the nearest home isn‘t good enough, says a representative of a group opposed to the development.

At twice the provincial standard of 550 metres, the company says its distance should alleviate some of the concerns expressed by Nor‘wester Mountain escarpment-area residents. Continue reading

Big Thunder Lease Remains

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City councillors spent several hours behind closed doors last Monday discussing the proposed Big Thunder Wind Park, and while concrete details of that meeting aren’t known, it appears most decided not to make any changes to the controversial lease agreement with Horizon Wind Inc.

Details of the discussion are confidential at this time, but city solicitor Rosalie Evans confirmed that as of Friday afternoon no changes had been made regarding the lease of city-owned land on the Nor’Wester mountain range.

She adds that if any changes are made, those details would have to be made public. The 25-year lease will see the city paid about $275,000 a year in rent and taxes, in exchange for allowing Horizon Wind to set up 18 wind turbines in the area around Loch Lomond.

Members of the group opposing the wind farm say the battle is far from over. Sam Bachinski, a member of the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee, says the group plans to make a deputation at city hall in the next month or two.

The goal of the group’s deputation is to convince city council to break its option agreement with Horizon Wind.

Bachinski says council needs to hear more about the potential health impacts of the wind turbines, before making any final decisions.

Replying to Zwig

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To the editor:

I, along with many residents of Thunder Bay, recently received an open letter from Anthony Zwig, President and CEO of Horizon Wind Inc. The letter included nice little animations of a house, lightbulb, child at play, trees and Wind Turbines. If the Turbines were to scale with the child, the page would have had to be 50 inches tall.

Horizon Wind Inc. is proposing to install industrial wind turbines on the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment on city land at the end of Loch Lomond Road at a time when 41 Ontario municipalities are asking for a halt to further Wind Turbine developments until further studies are in place.

The City of Thunder Bay will be the first to allow this to be installed on city-owned land. This is one of many firsts.

Anthony Zwig opens the letter with Dear Neighbour. Anthony and Horizon are not our neighbours. He is a real estate developer on Yonge Street in Toronto. He has never successfully completed a wind turbine project in his life. He is simply taking advantage of the incentives in place by the Ontario Government to make significant profit, which in itself is not necessarily bad, unless it is at the detriment of others. Continue reading