Kawartha Lakes This Week, By Mary Riley
(LINDSAY) Given the heated emotions generated by wind turbines, the preliminary hearing for an appeal of the Sumac Ridge wind farm was civil, courteous and polite. And, the hearing itself will adhere to a strict protocol.
The Kawartha Room at the Lindsay Howard Johnson’s was packed on Friday (Jan. 24) as the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) panel held a preliminary hearing to determine who will be able to speak at the appeal next month. In December, the Province approved wpd Canada’s five-turbine wind energy farm in Bethany, which galvanized opponents, including Manvers Wind Concerns into launching an appeal of the decision.
The appellants are Manvers Wind Concerns, Cransley Home Farm Ltd. and the Cham Shan Temple. The Buddhist Association of Canada’s Cham Shan Temple maintains wind turbines will have a negative impact on the four Temples they are planning to build. One is in Cavan Monaghan Township and almost complete and three more are planned for the City of Kawartha Lakes, with an estimated investment of about $100 million. Those three are in jeopardy if Sumac Ridge goes forward. Read article