The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) is preparing for a possible legal battle with Dufferin Wind Power Inc. On Friday (Jan. 10), Jonathon Myers and Crawford Smith, lawyers for the company appeared before the NVCA board. Darren White, vice-chair of the board, said they asked the NVCA to disregard Conservation Authority Act regulations and approve four building permits related to the wind project that were deemed incomplete by staff.
“The motion that was subsequently passed was that we would uphold staff’s decision and not issue permits in accordance with our regulations,” White said. The wind development company has received provincial approval to build a 49-turbine wind farm in Melancthon and a 230 kV transmission line to Amaranth, which would generate 99 MW of electricity when operational.
When a building permit is filed, conservation authorities examine the plan to ensure environmental safety. “They’ll make sure there is no wetland interference or wetland modification damage to any conservation authority property,” White said. Read article