Sarnia Observer, Barbara Simpson
A group of rural southwestern Ontario politicians have pulled out the big guns in an effort to potentially halt a 92-turbine wind farm set for Lambton and Middlesex counties. In a rare move, the County of Lambton will join another private party in appealing a recent Ministry of the Environment decision that granted renewable energy approval to the Jericho Wind Project.
That approval is one of the key pieces needed in order to establish an industrial wind farm in Ontario. A hearing before the Environmental Review Tribunal has been set for June 26. It will focus on the potential health impacts the NextEra Energy project could have on both human and animal health. If the tribunal finds the project could cause “serious harm” to health, county solicitor David Cribbs said the MOE could be ordered to revoke its approval of the project.
County councillors made the decision to proceed as a party in the appeal during two separate standing committees of council Wednesday. While the issue would normally go before full council for a final vote, county staff needed to respond to the notice of the hearing by Thursday. Read article