[Ed. Note: This is not a one off case of turbines too close to property lines. Here’s another example in Melancthon for the Dufferin Wind Project.]
Dear Mr. Bradley,
RE: Jericho Wind Project, NextEra Energy Canada
On February 12, 2013, I wrote to NextEra (NE) on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Dayman who own property next to proposed turbine #18. At that time NE documentation identified turbine #18 as being less than 60 metres (58.5 m) from their property line. According to Section 53 of the Environmental Protection Act (359/09), the wind developer MUST be a minimum distance of 60 metres from all non-participating properties. Mr. and Mrs. Dayman requested that NE remove the turbine in order to be compliant with legislation.
NE responded to this correspondence on February 15, 2013 by claiming that turbine #18 was actually 60.8 metres from the Dayman property line, and was therefore in compliance with the regulations. Despite numerous requests, an updated map illustrating this change was never provided to the Dayman family.
This is not the only concern with the placement of turbine #18 and neighbouring properties. According to NextEra, the ‘receptor’ number for the Dayman property is JER 5267 and for the Thomson property is JER 5564. A review of documentation provided by NextEra reveals the following data with respect to these properties and their placement to turbine #18 (WTG018: x – 424671 m; y – 4777622 m; z -292.97 m):
*Despite requests on December 17 and 31, 2013 and again on January 13, 2014, NE has failed to describe the process used in the ‘field study’ conducted by Callon Dietz on December 10, 2013.
As you are no doubt aware, turbines must be a minimum of 550 m from a non-participating property. Since these measures seem to change with the ‘wind’, both families have requested via e-mail correspondence dated: February 12, 2013, February 17, 2013, April 21, 2013, August 15, 2013, October 22, 2013, October 29, 2013 and November 14, 2013, that NE demonstrate and confirm the actual distances with the families being present to witness the measurements.
To date, NE has failed to respond to their requests.
As is clearly demonstrated in this correspondence, the measurements provided by NE are conflicting and do not instill confidence in NE’s processes. Additionally NE’s lack of response to these families is deeply distressing. As such, both property owners request that independent confirmation, from a surveyor selected by them, be provided by NE.
Additionally, they request that the Ministry of the Environment confirm the measurements claimed by NE to ensure they comply with the requirements set out in the Environmental Protection Act (359/09), as this Ministry is mandated to do, PRIOR to approving this project.
Should further information be required, please do not hesitate to contact me. We look forward to your prompt reply.
on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Dayman, and
Mr. Thomson and Ms. Billings
Director, Wind Development, NextEra Resources Resources, LLC
c/o NextEra Energy Canada, ULC
Kristina Rudzki, Ministry of Environment
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