The Environmental Review Tribunal hearing, into an appeal launched against the proposed Armow Wind facility in Kincardine, began with a bang Thursday morning in Kincardine. Jeremy Glick, co-counsel for the director of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), asked the tribunal to exclude evidence from a number of witnesses, participants and presenters, because it is irrelevant to the case, and beyond the scope of the tribunal.
Speaking before tribunal chairperson Maureen Carter-Whitney, and a small crowd of the public and the media, Glick said the post-turbine witnesses would present a “proliferation of collateral issues” that would mean a costly and lengthy process. He stressed that the goal should be for a cost-effective and expeditious hearing, without any unnecessary complications.
“So, what evidence is relevant?” said Glick. “The evidence that is related to facts and issues, or establishes facts and issues. But any evidence that does not assist the tribunal in making a decision on (the appeal) under the Environmental Protection Act, should be excluded.”
The witnesses that Glick said should be excluded, were listed in three categories:
- Seven post-turbine witnesses who have health symptoms they believe are caused by the nearby wind turbines
- Heather Pollard, Owen Sound district supervisor with the MOE, who received complaints about the Enbridge wind facility
- Acoustician Richard James and engineer Bill Palmer who state that the Armow Wind project will operate out of compliance with theRenewable Energy Approval (REA) process
Glick explained why each of those groups should be excluded, stressing again that their evidence is irrelevant to the hearing. He emphasized that none of the evidence from the post-turbine witnesses comes with documentation from a medical professional. Read article