Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Suncor Energy says it welcomes a recent decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the company’s challenge of Plympton-Wyoming bylaws aimed at wind energy projects. While Suncor is still waiting for provincial environmental approval for the 46-turbine Cedar Point wind project it plans to build in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township, it earlier moved to challenge Plympton-Wyoming in court over several bylaws the municipality passed aimed at wind turbine projects.
They call for wind turbines to be built at least 2-km away from neighbouring properties, and set fees for wind projects that include a $200,000 per turbine deposit to ensure they’re taken down at the end of their lifespan. Suncor spokesperson Jason Vaillant said the court handed down its decision late last week. “Our understanding, and our interpretation, is that the judge ruled in Suncor’s favour, in this case,” he said. “And we’re satisfied with that decision.”
But, the municipality says it’s not giving up. Plympton-Wyoming issued a press release Thursday saying the judge determined some portions of the municipality’s bylaws are not effective because they conflict with provincial rules, or would be difficult to apply. “We’re very disappointed with the ruling,” said Mayor Lonny Napper, but he added, “There’s some light at the end of the tunnel here, and we think there’s room to move on it.” Read article