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.
“MCSEA requests that the MOE Director rescind the approval because the problems with the approval are numerous. The most outrageous is a blatant distortion of the truth,” says Raymond Beaudry, President of MCSEA.
“The Ministry of Environment states unequivocally that wind projects in quiet rural areas will stay at 40
decibels. The evidence doesn’t support that statement. We found on page 6 of Northland’s approved noise assessment it shows that the project will go up to 51 decibels and likely more.”
Another contributing factor is a recently released Freedom of Information (FOI) request received last week that forced our group of First Nations and non-First Nations to abandon the process altogether.
“The FOI shows that back in 2009, before the Green Energy Act, several civil servants in the Ministry right up to the Assistant Deputy Minister knew all about the health problems from wind turbine noise. Some admitted to experiencing the effects. Others stated it contravened the EPA. But today, those turbines are still turning continuing to victimize the people of this province.
“The deck is stacked against all of us in rural Ontario. We can’t win these appeals. The legal test to predict
and prove serious and serious and irreversible harm is impossible. Now with this new FOI we know that
projects will never have to adhere to the Environmental Protection Act because no one listens,” says Beaudry.
MCSEA says they need the support of their urban cousins who should be looking at the Green Energy Act
as the most alarming deceit the government has ever contrived against its own citizens.
“How on earth can little guys like us here on Manitoulin Island even begin to challenge this approval when
democracy and justice has been taken from us since the Green Energy Act became law. We have not
abandoned the fight to protect Manatoulin and we are considering other possible courses of action.”
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