Jericho wind project opponents taking case to environmental tribunal

ERTPaul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Opponents of NextEra Energy’s 92-turbine Jericho wind energy project have appealed its provincial environmental approval. Marcelle Brooks, with the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group, said an appeal filed by member Bob Lewis has been accepted by Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal, and a hearing is expected to be held June 24.

Construction on the wind project that will see turbines built in Lambton Shores and Warwick Township, as well as transmission lines in neighbouring North Middlesex, began days after it was approved April 14 by Ontario’s Ministry of Environment. Ontario allows construction of renewable energy projects to continue while an appeal is underway, unless the tribunal issues a stay order.

Brooks said they know odds of an appeal succeeding are slim but still decided to go ahead. “We need our voice to be heard at every opportunity,” she said. Read article

7 thoughts on “Jericho wind project opponents taking case to environmental tribunal

  1. Hopefully you can start out by stating these few words,We the community will not allow you servants of the public to no more harm to us anymore by these fictitious,ridiculous IWT construction in this green energy act that the majority in rural ontario do not agree with or sign up for or approved of this stupidity. We standing as men and women do have authority to give you notice of a stop notice in this fraud.
    No more allowing the destruction of our community given to us from our creator to take care off.
    The precautionary principle must be applied and put on STOP notice for anymore Wind development. Period and Phuck off!

  2. At least at this ERT people will know where the money for these IWTs is coming from and how much it is.
    Wonder if the toxicologists will show up again?
    Good luck and best wishes!

  3. Maybe by June 24 we have a new government and an appeal may have a chance to suceed. I wish you all the best and hope my words have some merit.

  4. The Common Law’s First Principles establish its general legitimacy and lawfulness. This valid system gives rise to Courts with the power to protect the people as a whole by prosecuting and indicting any persons and institutions that threaten the community.

  5. Industrial wind energy facilities don’t have surveillance that indicates
    when airplanes crash into them?

    ‘[excerpt] Crash report: Plane was landing in Highmore

    A plane that crashed Sunday resulting in the deaths of four South Dakota men was destined for the Highmore Municipal Airport, according to an accident report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

    The preliminary report – the first document released in what could be a months-long investigation process, according to NTSB officials – also confirmed that Donald “DJ” Fischer, of Gettysburg, was at the controls of the aircraft.

    Along with Fischer, Brent Beitelspacher, of Bowdle, Logan Rau, of Java, and Ree Heights resident Nick Reimann died as a result of the crash, which occurred at 9:16 p.m. Sunday night about 11 miles south of Highmore, according to the three-page report. The Piper PA-32R-300 aircraft had taken off from Hereford, Texas, at 5 p.m. and was headed to Highmore, according to the flight intinerary, but struck the blade of a wind turbine at a South Dakota Wind Energy farm.

    The report states the Federal Aviation Administration was made aware of a possible problem after a concerned family member of one of the crash victims noted Sunday that the plane hadn’t arrived as scheduled in Gettysburg. Wreckage of the plane – described by NTSB investigator Jennifer Rodi as “fragmented” – was located by members of the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office at about 3:30 a.m. on Monday.

    The report failed to shed light on questions about why the plane may have been flying so low before hitting the wind turbine.’

    Credit: Aberdeen News – Bryan Horwath – May 3, 2014

  6. When do you think the questions will end?

    ‘[excerpt] The wind energy facility, known as the South Dakota Wind Energy Center, was erected in 2003 by NextEra and consists of 27 GE-1.5 megawatt turbines (40.5 megawatts) each standing 330 feet.

    The NTSB is investigating why the pilot was flying his plane at an elevation low enough to hit the blades, but weather may have been a factor. Heavy fog, wind gusts and rain were reported in the area.

    We look forward to getting more details on the crash, but has identified a disturbing fact that likely will not be reported in the news.

    According to the SkyVector Aeronautical Charts, which includes the official aviation sectional charts for the entire USA, the wind turbines involved in the accident were never posted on the navigation charts! (See the image on this page)

    Did fog obscure the turbines? Is it possible the pilot, who was flying under visual flight rules (VFR), had no idea he entered a field of wind turbines? If he was relying on aviation maps and visual cues, a turbine blade could have smacked the plane out of the air before its passengers even realized the threat.

    We may never know exactly what happened. But what we do know is that roughly 40,000 utility-scale wind turbines are operating in the United States today and every project is required to be shown on the aviation charts. How many other turbines are missing from the sky maps? Are there other accidents waiting to happen?’

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