London Free Press, Paul Morden
Opponents of Nextera Energy’s 92-turbine Jericho wind energy project have a lot to think about, but not a lot of time, as they consider whether or not to appeal the wind farm’s recent provincial environmental approval. Marcelle Brooks, with the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group, said they have until April 29 to file an appeal with Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal. “We’re still going through all the paperwork,” Brooks said.
Ontario allows 15 days for an appeal once the Ministry of the Environment has approved a renewable energy project, and the Jericho approval came down April 14. “We’re really trying to scramble to see if we can get this deadline met,” Brooks said. If the wind action group files an appeal, it will go to the tribunal on its own, without a lawyer, she said. “We don’t have any money at all . . . this truly is grassroots.”
The tribunal hears appeals on grounds that approval of a project will cause serious harm to human health, or serious and irreversible harm to plants, animals or the natural environment. Construction can begin on renewable energy projects while an appeal is underway, unless the tribunal issues a stay order. Nextera spokesperson Josie Bird said clearing and grading work has begun at a construction lay-down yard on Thomson Line in Lambton Shores. Read article