Six local residents will not have their names added to an appeal against the 92-turbine Armow Wind project, a provincial Environmental Review Tribunal ruled on Nov. 29. The decision opens the door to further offers from the wind company to buy the property of Ken and Sharon Kroeplin – whose names are the only two listed on the original filing – in an attempt to have the appeal dismissed.
At the preliminary hearing held Nov. 21 at the Governor’s Inn, Asha James, counsel representing the Kroeplins, motioned to add David and Cindy Robertson, Dave and Pat Fritz, and Dennis and Dilsa Morris to the notice of appeal. James told the tribunal Samsung-Pattern Armow Wind Ontario GP had made two offers to buy the Kroeplins’ property on condition they withdraw their appeal.
The Environmental Protection Act lets opponents appeal approved renewable energy projects as long as paperwork is filed within 15 days of an approval being issued. The motion to add the six residents’ names “amounts to a request to extend the 15-day limitation period” on filing an appeal, which is outside its authority, the tribunal wrote in its ruling.
Counsel for Armow Wind and the director of the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) made the same argument at the preliminary hearing. The offers to purchase the Kroeplins’ property came after the notice of appeal was filed and the 15-day deadline had passed. The couple did not accept either offer, which have since expired, and it is not known if another offer is on the table. Read article