Pilots sounded alarm about turbines

C-K airportLondon Free Press
A long-time Chatham pilot says everyone involved was made aware of concerns about erecting wind turbines around the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport. Jeff Pyefinch, who has been a pilot since 1984, said local pilots voiced their opposition to having turbines built near the airport when the project was in the initial stages during a meeting with interested parties nearly 10 years ago. “We had concerns with it the right from the start,” he said on Saturday.

On Friday, The Chatham Daily News reported that, in an unprecedented move, Transport Canada has ordered the removal of eight wind turbines near the municipal airport for exceeding height restrictions. A company official with GDF Suez Canada – owners of the turbines – told The Daily News on Friday, it hasn’t been contacted by the federal agency about this order. Pyefinch recalled that when these turbines were proposed, “the municipality was very pro-turbine. They wanted to position the municipality as a leader for wind turbines.”

He believes political motivation may have caused the municipality to not seek the protection of the airport, to the extent that was available to them, to prevent turbines from being located nearby. Pyefinch said it was clear the turbines would be within the four-kilometre protected radius around the airport, which is a federal airport zoning regulation. Read article

4 thoughts on “Pilots sounded alarm about turbines

  1. Only allow operation of the C-K airport when conditions are safe until the offending IWTs are removed.
    There has to be a chain of activities/events that allowed this to happen in the fist place. A paper trail for this should be re-constructed now and proper actions taken against any wrongdoers.
    People’s lives are at stake here.

    • The Liberal’s are the cause of the trouble. It is their insistence on cramming these useless machines down everyone’s throats, with no regard for anything but their greed energy schemes. The removal of democratic rights should have been a huge red flag….that something rotten is going on. It is now oozing out of the many cracks in the wind energy scam. Hopefully the general public is waking up, and realizing that we are all victims, we just got the worst of it, in the rural areas. Our economy is going to get much worse, quickly, if we don’t stop the scam now.

  2. Total agreement.but as stated before… all involved need to be accountable..

    Pushing our MP’s feet to the fire should always be part of a plan. They are responsible for renewable funding to the provinces. DO NOT LET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFF THE HOOK FOR THEIR PART IN ALL OF THIS MESS!


    ecoENERGY for Renewable Power
    The ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program was launched in April 2007 to encourage the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind, low-impact hydro, biomass, photovoltaic and geothermal energy. Although no new contribution agreements will be signed after March 31, 2011, many projects with contribution agreements will continue to receive payments as outlined in contribution agreements and up to March 31, 2021.

    At March 31, 2011, 104 projects qualified for funding under the program representing investments of about $1.4 billion over 14 years and almost 4500 megawatts of renewable power capacity.

    See the M.P. tab on this site…do not forget the ministers incharge and the PMO’s office,too.

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