Dave Johnson, Erie Media
The appeal by Skydive Burnaby over two wind turbines being built by Wainfleet Wind Energy Inc. on Station Rd. has been dismissed by the Environmental Review Tribunal. The decision was released Wednesday afternoon.
“I’m really happy … really elated. Everyone in the office is really happy,” said Tom Rankin, CEO of Rankin Construction Inc. and partner in Wainfleet Wind Energy Inc. with the Loeffen family. Rankin said he was always pretty confident justice would prevail and the company would move forward with the final part of the five wind turbine project. “I always felt our case was stronger than theirs. Our lawyers did a great job,” said Rankin. “We’re going to be moving forward now. The project was delayed quite a few months.”
He said for the project to be completed, all five turbines have to be operating. He said work would begin on the Station Rd. site as soon as a large crane used on the other three turbines could be moved over.
The appeal on the project was filed in 2013 by Mike and Tara Pitt, owners of Skydive Burnaby, who were concerned over the risk to skydivers from the two turbines, which will be located 1.5 kilometres west of the skydive facility. Read article