Orangeville Banner, Chris Halliday
Dufferin Wind Power Inc. has dropped the expropriation bomb. A little more than one week after county council agreed to revisit negotiating a rail corridor easement agreement with the wind farm developer, Dufferin Wind filed for expropriation to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) on Friday (July 19). Dufferin Wind intends to build a 230 kV transmission line along the county-owned rail corridor running from its 99 MW wind farm in Melancthon to Amaranth. Both the 49-turbine wind farm and transmission line have received provincial approval.
Permission to build the transmission line requires Dufferin Wind to have land agreements in place with any affected property owners before construction can begin. Those property owners include the county and a number of private landowners found in Dufferin. “To construct the transmission facilities in accordance with the route approved in the Leave to Construct decision from the OEB, Dufferin Wind Power requires an easement along the former rail corridor to allow for a power line,” Connie Roberts, spokesperson for Dufferin Wind, said in an email.
Dufferin Wind could seek to acquire the land in two ways. It could successfully negotiate agreements or choose to expropriate land through the OEB. After going back-and-forth with Dufferin Wind for nearly two years, county council decided to sit back down at the negotiation table again on July 11. Dufferin CAO Sonya Pritchard hadn’t been able to meet with Dufferin Wind officials until Wednesday (July 24), when she was told they had filed for expropriation. “They knew we were still interested in talking. They’d been made aware,” she said. “At the same time, Dufferin Wind had previously made it clear that they were going to start the expropriation process.” Read article