Dufferin Wind ask conservation authority to disregard rules

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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

5 thoughts on “Dufferin Wind ask conservation authority to disregard rules

  1. Kudos to Darren White for having the nerve to stand up to the bully-boys from Dufferin Wind.

    But, just like they are attempting to do with the Ostrander ERT panel, the MNR / MOE will try to strong-arm Mr. White and the NVCA into reversing their decision.

    Petty governments do petty things to get revenge, just ask Paul Godfrey.

    Unfortunately, Darren White’s future at NVCA may be short-lived. We wish him the best of luck.

    • Hey Mr. Status Quo,

      How low can you go?………unless, you’re working it….eh?
      You say,
      ‘[excerpt] Unfortunately, Darren White’s future at NVCA may be short-lived. We wish him the best of luck.
      Not so fast!

      It’s a first – and, an interesting 1st:

      ‘[excerpt] White said he wasn’t sure if the Green Energy Act would trump the conservation authority’s permit process.

      “No one had really had to challenge a Conservation Authority Act yet,” White said. “Usually, everybody falls into step like dominos.”’

      It’s the transmission corridor:

      ‘[excerpt] 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.

      White explained NVCA staff did not find any technical problems with the four permit requests, but Dufferin Wind did not have approval from the owners of the property. According to White, one of the properties in question is the rail corridor owned by Dufferin County. Dufferin Wind has filed for expropriation to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for use of those county-owned lands.

      “They didn’t have landowner approval to do any construction on those properties,” White said. “That’s something the conservation authority requires.”

      Dufferin Wind has appealed for a judicial order demanding the permits be issued, according to White. He added the company has also appealed to the Mining and Lands Commissioner to get approval to proceed.

      “We’re going to have to go through the process. Our lawyer is going to prepare whatever he has to prepare,” White said. “We’ll have to see how that plays out. These processes will have to work their way forward.”’

      And, it’s about time!

  2. oh its true, during McQuities time in office he threw out all laws to protect any conservation.

    in my own dealings with the ministries all of them said the same robotic tone:

    as Quoted by our ministries:

    “Please be aware that when considering a wind turbine installation we are also guided by Bill 150, an act to enact the Green Energy Act, 2009. Bill 150 amended the Conservation Authorities Act such that a Conservation Authority is not allowed to refuse the permission of a renewable energy project or to impose conditions on that permission unless it is necessary to do so to control pollution, flooding, erosion or dynamic beaches.

    In short, this Authority does not regulate wind turbines due to either natural heritage (environment) issues or due to the conservation of land concerns – as defined by the Conservation Authorities Act.
    The Authority recommends you contact the Ministry of the Environment to discuss your concerns.”

    yup you read it right, the CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES DOESNT DEAL WITH ISSUES DUE TO CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENT! and please contact the MOE….the ones hand holding the foreign windies ……

    eye twitch

    • Conservation Authority:
      either ………or
      neither……..nor
      not only……but…..but also
      both………..and,
      funded through taxpayer funds.

      Their fund raisers are fun!

      • I apologize!
        I hate it – when I sound like Justin Trudeau.

        I’ll deny myself the latte – I promised myself.

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