Group says turbine violations should halt project

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A group opposed to West Lincoln turbines is demanding the cancellation of the project due to setback violations. It says three of five industrial wind turbines at the location in the west part of the township were constructed in violation of provincial regulations.

In a Monday release, West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group says the violations in property boundary setback requirements were confirmed by a Ministry of the Environment official. However, another official told the group “a new precedent will be set to legitimize the … deficiencies” by letting the wind company get retroactive permission from affected neighbors to accept reduced turbine setback distances from their property boundaries.

“Once again, the wind industry is not in compliance with regulations,” said action group co-chair Deb Murphy. Read article

18 thoughts on “Group says turbine violations should halt project

  1. The Industrial Wind Turbine Industry is an unregulated industry. Rules and regulations become “guidelines” and the offence disappears and becomes the “new normal”. The industrial wind turbine industry is a rogue industry with no mandatory regulations to which they must comply, no inspections by an independent third party to determine compliance, and nothing that they do is a criminal offence! It is more corrupt than the illegal drug trade.
    This has happened many times in history – When the private for profit frequently multinational corporations have more rights than the citizens of the community or are allowed to take away the rights of the citizens of the community you are on your way to creating a “Banana Republic” or third world state.
    The Renewable Energy Initiative as designed by the Ontario politicians is the biggest transfer of wealth from the middle class to the corporate elite in our history. Billions of dollars spent for an intermittent, unreliable, expensive form of energy while we spill water over Niagara Falls.
    Industrial wind turbines will stand in our rural communities as monuments to political stupidity.

    • The Industrial Wind Turbine Industry is an unregulated industry. Rules and regulations become “guidelines” and the offence disappears and becomes the “new normal”.

      It’s unregulated or badly regulated — make a decision…

      Industrial wind turbines will stand in our rural communities as monuments to political stupidity. …and technical incompetence and religious ideology. Don’t forget that!

  2. The comments from Tom Rankin indicate that the setback violations were intentional. He certainly has an arrogant and above the law attitude. Why didn’t Rankin construct the turbines compliantly in the first place? Do they not have adequate space? This can not be tolerated. If Ontario Environment minister Jim Bradley doesn’t enforce the law, it’s giving ALL wind companies the message that they can do anything they want without consequence.

    • CC, I think you’re on to something.

      Rankin purposely violated the setback regulation to test the law, and if he prevails, set a precedence for future installations.

      And, I wouldn’t be surprised if the other wind companies haven’t ponied up to help make this happen.

      Wind whores will do anything to turn a trick.

      • Prediction:

        If the neighbouring property owners do not wish to accept their circumstances as they are, and refuse compensation or a buyout for the violation, the province will simply expropriate the land and call it a day …

        Next …

      • They haven’t taken down the turbines too close to Chatham airport yet, what does that tell us? the gov’t is in on this crooked scheme is what it tells me

      • It is Tom Rankin’s nature to be a cagey arrogant bully. He’ll continue to do what he wants until he is taken down a notch and stopped.

  3. The case for – if it’s not legal to begin with……….

    ‘[excerpt] In a Monday release, West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group says the violations in property boundary setback requirements were confirmed by a Ministry of the Environment official.

    However, another official told the group “a new precedent will be set to legitimize the … deficiencies” by letting the wind company get retroactive permission from affected neighbors to accept reduced turbine setback distances from their property boundaries.’

    …and, the government – knows about it…
    ‘[excerpt] Ontario environment minister Jim Bradley said his ministry is aware of the setback issue and “taking appropriate steps to ensure compliance with the provincial setback requirement.”

    “The turbines cannot operate without this matter being resolved to the satisfaction of the ministry,” he said in a statement.’

    You can safely assume – what?

    I’d say Bradley just made a gross error – in admitting – something;
    and, you know what they say………
    you never want to admit – anything.

    Wasn’t he suppose to say – ‘following the process’ crap etc.?

    Aha!
    Of course – the law is an ass – so we will see!

  4. Note:
    Bright idea……….
    Pay to play….
    ….’a new precedent will be set to legitimize’ – the…..cha-ching!

    ‘new policy’ for ‘nervous’ – energy privateers;
    and, retroactive – too!

    ‘[excerpt] However, another official told the group “a new precedent will be set to legitimize the … deficiencies” by letting the wind company get retroactive permission from affected neighbors to accept reduced turbine setback distances from their property boundaries.’’

    Again – ‘new policy’ for ‘nervous’ – energy privateers;
    and, retroactive – too!

    Any truth to this?

    p.s. Of course – it will be stated – these are, once again
    all private deals.

    • I almost forgot…..
      – if you like the cha-ching – you can be
      retroactively ‘gagged’ – too.

      It’s Liberal Ontario!

  5. The same thing happened with the new road to the new bridge where the contractors were out of compliance and this was fixed by changing the regulations. there was no inspection there either.

    While at the same time one of these road contractors was in court in the U.K. over shoddy offshore IWT foundations. They were sub-contractors on these IWT installations in the U.K. The contractor wouldn’t pay for this shoddy work so this sub-contractor was out about $400 million which they
    couldn’t collect. But in Ontario it’s ok to do shoddy public work and still get paid.

    • Bradley moves wind turbines – and, breaks his back;
      but, wind turbines – are in compliance – now.

      ‘[excerpt] [excerpt] Ontario environment minister Jim Bradley said his ministry is aware of the setback issue and “taking appropriate steps to ensure compliance with the provincial setback requirement.”’

      These turbines are a month away – from being operational.
      ‘[excerpt] Rankin said the project is nearing its final stages and could be ready for start-up in a month.’

      Note:
      Bradley get’s called down to principal Wynne – the padded office.

      Gee – I wonder if Bradley is okay?
      perhaps – a shuffle would help the Liberals.

      • A shuffle right out the friggin’ door would be good …

    • The discredited engineer who allegedly “inspected” the Elliot Lake mall probably wishes he’d worked for a wind company where some “whatever” money can get you off the hook.

  6. At the new Falls hydro tunnel project a hard rock boring machine was purchased when a soft rock/shale boring machine was need. Result was delays and cost-over-runs.

    Now Ontario is going to have “green” bonds to pay for wind and solar projects.These “green” bonds will replace FIT contracts for financing.

  7. 900 chml, Scott Thompson show, just asked Tim hudak the following question that I emailed in.

    Question:

    IPC, the Proponent in West Lincoln, has breached the terms of the contract that they were awarded from the Provincial Government by siting 3 wind turbines too close to adjacent property lines.

    Is it legal for the Ministry of Environment to change the regulations retroactively?

    Answer:

    From Tim Hudak

    No way.
    Double standard.

    His full answer is on the podcast on 900 chml website.

  8. I am sure that if deals aren’t worked out with the impacted landowners, then a simple “minor variance” will be contrived by the MOE to make the issue disappear.

    It would be interesting to measure setbacks on all the existing turbines in Ontario… I am sure those found in West Lincoln are not the only ones.

  9. There will likely be more and more violations as turbine hub heights increase. This would require larger setbacks that the wind companies don’t have and didn’t figure on when they wrote the GEA legislation.

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