Wind turbine neighbours could find their land at risk

CHATHAM KENT INTERNATIONAL POWER GDF SUEZ FROM FARGO LINEHeather Wright, Sarnia-Lambton Independant
Lambton wind activists are warning landowners they could be at risk even if they don’t have a wind turbine on their property. Lambton Shores is soon to be home to two major wind projects. Suncor Energy plans to build a solar project with 62 industrial turbines and NextEra Energy’s plan has 92 turbines. Middlesex Lambton Wind Concern spokesperson Marcelle Brooks says a little known part of the regulations for turbines allows for boundary setback reductions. It basically means the giant turbines could be placed very close to the property lines of people who don’t want turbines on their land.

Suncor is applying for 21 boundary setback reductions and NextEra is looking for 39. “It benefits the host property owner,” says Brooks. “The companies are putting the access roads close to the turbines as close to the property line as possible so they don’t chop up the farmer’s field.”

But she says in the case of a massive failure of the turbines, they could land on the neighbour’s property. “If it did fall into the neighbours property, you’re going to have not only the blade length of 50 meters but you’re going to potentially have another 20 meters of hub and turbine tower come crashing into your field. A hub and rotor weighs 144 tonnes…that’s going to make a pretty big hole.” Read article

4 thoughts on “Wind turbine neighbours could find their land at risk

  1. Thank you Heather and Marcelle for this excellent article.

    ““Landowners have to realize their land is at risk and they have to fight for it…I can show you your land is at risk …but I can’t fight on your behalf.” ”

    • YES!! Isn’t that an excellent point. Maybe we can get a few more people ACTIVELY involved. She’s addressing people who have already declined to take wind money, and we owe them our thanks and support, but they and we will have more chance of saving our province if we have more people actively fighting with us.

      ““Landowners have to realize their land is at risk and they have to fight for it…I can show you your land is at risk …but I can’t fight on your behalf.” ”

      The wind blows. The turbines suck.

  2. The Public Information Centre’s (PIC) – really mean nothing.

    ‘[excerpt] ……a little known part of the regulations for turbines allows for boundary setback reductions. It basically means the giant turbines could be placed very close to the property lines of people who don’t want turbines on their land.

    Suncor is applying for 21 boundary setback reductions and NextEra is looking for 39.’

    Facing your future:
    ‘[excerpt] Middlesex Lambton Wind Concerns is holding a public meeting on the issue Friday (Feb. 8) starting at 7pm at Kimball Hall in Forest. Brooks hopes landowners will come out to hear what they may face in the future.’

  3. I like to point out after so many years about wind turbines in the news and all you get is negative news and it gets worse every week about all the bullshit these turbines create. There is no net benefit except for the host and shareholders for wind development. There has to be a huge amount of outcry about this by now when so many are now educated enough to realize we are being scammed and the so called authorities(public servants) should be arresting each other that are responsible to allow any more until they do the right thing and stop them.
    We as responsible living people should now interfere to help our fellow neighbours to road block any more for the sake of helping our fellow wo man.
    This should be over and done with by now. Evidence is all around us and how much do you need for arrests and work stoppage?

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