Plympton-Wyoming hires environmental lawyer

‘People have good reason to be cautious’ when looking at renewable energy projects, lawyer Eric Gillespie saysPaul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Plympton-Wyoming has hired a lawyer to defend its wind turbine bylaws from a court challenge by Suncor Energy Products. Mayor Lonny Napper said Toronto-based environmental lawyer Eric Gillespie is representing the town in the suit, launched recently by the company planning to build up to 46 turbines as part of its Cedar Point Wind Power project in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township.

Plympton-Wyoming’s bylaws include tough rules for wind farms, including a 2-km separation from neighbouring homes. Ontario only requires a 550-metre setback.

“He came highly recommended,” Napper said of Gillespie who has experience in wind energy cases. “We had a meeting with him and we’re very pleased with the outcome.” Napper said court dates haven’t been set yet. “We’re not pulling back,” he said about the town’s resolve to defend its bylaws.

“We feel stronger about this now than we ever did before.” Read article

Wind farm setback ignored

by Paul Morden, London Free Press

The mayor of Plympton-Wyoming says he’s disappointed Suncor Energy isn’t following the town’s two-kilometre setback requirement in plans for its Cedar Point Wind Power Project.

While Ontario’s Green Energy Act removed municipal control of planning approvals for renewable energy projects, Plympton-Wyoming passed a bylaw calling for wind turbines to be built no closer than two kilometres from neighbouring homes. The province only requires 550-metres.

“I was hoping they would abide by our bylaw and set them at the required distance we were looking for,” Mayor Lonny Napper said. “I was disappointed with that.”

Suncor is holding public open houses for its Cedar Point project. The first was held Tuesday in Camlachie Community Centre, with tonight’s at the Forest Legion and Aug. 23 at Centennial Hall in Watford. They run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Read article

Suncor threat: “There are avenues for Toronto to step in”

By Heather Wright, Sarnia This Week
LAMBTON SHORES – When push comes to shove, Suncor Energy officials say they may turn to the province to push through their wind farm project in Lambton Shores. Chris Scott, Suncor’s project developer, was appearing before Lambton Shores Council recently to talk about the company’s Cedar Point Wind Project. Up to 62 wind turbines will be installed in Lambton Shores and Plympton-Wyoming to generate about 100 megawatts of power.   Read article

Plympton-Wyoming delegates meet with ministers

Town of Plympton-Wyoming delegates met with several Ontario ministers at the 2011 Rural Ontario Municipal Association/Ontario Good Roads Association (ROMA/OGRA) combined conference, held recently in Toronto.

At one meeting, Environment Minister John Wilkinson said decision-making powers regarding wind turbines is and will remain with his ministry because his ministry has enforcement powers to regulate wind turbines. Continue reading

Plympton-Wyoming is asking Ontario to halt wind projects

By PAUL MORDEN,  Sarnia Observer 

The town of Plympton- Wyoming is asking Ontario to halt wind farm projects until it studies their impact on the health of people living nearby.

Mayor Lonny Napper said town council passed a motion last week calling for the provincial government to impose a moratorium until “a comprehensive, independent and peer-reviewed scientific study can confirm that industrial wind energy sites do not post a risk to community health and environment concerns.” Continue reading