GDF to fight turbine removal

C-K airportReNews
GDF Suez Canada intends to appeal a federal order to remove or lower eight turbines at the 99MW Erieau wind farm in Ontario. Transport Canada said the turbines, which have a 125-meter tip height, exceed a 45-meter height limit within a four-kilometer radius of the Chatham-Kent municipal airport. GDF commissioned the wind farm in May 2013. Erieau employs 55 Vestas V90 1.8MW turbines on 80-meter towers.

The federal agency in 2013 asked the developer to voluntarily comply with its request to dismantle the turbines, said Transport Canada spokesman Clay Cervoni. “When this was not achieved, Transport Canada issued a notice requiring the company to lower or remove the wind turbines in compliance with the Chatham airport zoning regulations,” said Cervoni. The notice sets a 31 December 2014 deadline.

The developer was surprised by Transport Canada’s demand to remove the turbines, GDF spokesperson Bonnie Hiltz told reNews. “GDF understood that we had received all the required approvals prior to construction,” said Hiltz. Read article

20 thoughts on “GDF to fight turbine removal

  1. Sounds about right…………………..these Wind Developers have zero respect for Canadian laws and values…….probably because of our own Provincial Government has shown zero respect for it’s own citizenry………………..where did the description “good corporate neighbour” go?

  2. If they did take them down and moved them to new locations, do they have to have new environmental and archeological studies on the new locations? Do they have to have 2 more open houses?
    If they don’t find new locations, does their contract get cancelled because they no longer have the nameplate capacity their contract was based on?

  3. I don’t know if this is possible, but what about a class action (all unwilling host municipalities/townships/communities, etc.) that have said NO, We are Unwilling Hosts to Industrial wind projects? Until we all band together in a united voice and say NO to the GEA the wind companies will hide behind this corrupt act that a corrupt Liberal government put in place to take away the say of the lower tier government. Maybe with a united voice we can get some action.

    • Everyone is a hostage.
      Municipal members say they don’t want to jeopardize the money they do get from the province. Those who participate will be punished.
      That’s what I’ve been told after numerous attempts to understand why the councils are not uniting in protest louder and harder.
      When head of the evil pack Carol Mitchell was minister of AG she warned one of her council that should they protest then she guessed they didn’t want any of their other funding. Bioch

  4. But did GDF Suez have TC approval? Or was it just Ontario approval alone?

    This order likely will not affect the whole project approval as the other IWTs don’t come under TC jurisdiction.

    The eight IWTs could just be used in another location. Project specs can be changed by Ontario government to fit them elsewhere.

    These projects contracts can be changed to suit whatever the developers want.

    The clock ran out for rural Ontarians on June 12th.

  5. One thing is for sure: Lawyers to make more money!

    ‘[excerpt] The developer was surprised by Transport Canada’s demand to remove the turbines, GDF spokesperson Bonnie Hiltz told reNews.

    “GDF understood that we had received all the required approvals prior to construction,” said Hiltz.

    The Municipality of Chatham-Kent had asked the agency to grant an exemption as the affected turbines are in a “no fly zone” south of the airport.

    Chief administrative officer Don Shropshire said: “It has been clearly established by multiple aeronautic consultants that there is no safety issue with the location of the eight turbines or their impact on airport operations at the Chatham-Kent airport.”

    However, said Cervoni, “Transport Canada will not approve any exemptions to allow the contravening wind turbines to remain in place.”

    GDF intends to file an objection to the Transport Canada order within 30 days and seek a hearing before the Transport Minister, said Hiltz.

    And I just remember – it’s a municipal election year;
    and, you know what to do.

    ‘[excerpt Chief administrative officer Don Shropshire said:’ [what?];
    gee, I wonder what Donald Trump would say?
    You’re fired – my guess.

    • Yeah – hahahahahaha
      it can’t get any funnier – but, you have to understand it first.

      ‘[excerpt] The Municipality of Chatham-Kent had asked the agency to grant an exemption as the affected turbines are in a “no fly zone” south of the airport.

      Chief administrative officer Don Shropshire said: “It has been clearly established by multiple aeronautic consultants that there is no safety issue with the location of the eight turbines or their impact on airport operations at the Chatham-Kent airport.”’

      Hahahahahahahaha………..
      No safety issue – if exemption grant – in a ‘no fly zone’.
      Hahahahahahaha………………………….

    • Fine idea but where will the lawyers come from to do this? Almost all the lawyers are already hooked-up to the wind industry in Ontario.
      Wish this could be done the same as you wish this could be done.

      Money is the only thing they understand!

  6. Wind companies so used to putting up towers adjacent to people’s homes see nothing wrong with building them in a no fly zone. There is no danger say “consultants”. Clearly time for some level of authority, Transport Canada, to lay out how Suez is governed by Canadian legislation. The towers have to go and should be removed totally at the company’s cost. If they don’t like that let them pursue their trade in some other backwater, Ont has enough wind turbines already.

  7. With this order in effect does this mean that pilots can refuse to use the C-K airport?

    And you can hire consultants willing to say anything you want!

  8. Military pilots have to have practice landing and taking off in unsafe situations/conditions and they are under military command and not civilian authority.

    So for a military plane to have landed at C-K could have been done for this purpose?

    • And not on a foggy night or during a winter snowstorm! In reality, these bad weather situations are bound to happen sooner or later (but I guess Mayor Randy Hope will make sure they don’t).

  9. Well tcclark & Snowball, what will work and what won’t work has to be sorted out.

    It will likely take multiple actions in this situation anyway so ideas are needed.

  10. This entire issue just kills me!! I cannot understand in this case along with others like this – that our government will not stand up to these companies!! – what a joke!! at the people expense!!!!!!!!!

  11. The present government at QP is now under the thumbs of the big money interests as of June 12th when they won a majority government.

    Rural Ontarians should keep this in mind from now on in dealing with IWT issues.

  12. Released: July 2011
    HELPLESS by Christie Blatchford
    List Price: CDN $21

    It officially began on February 28, 2006, when a handful of protesters from the nearby Six Nations reserve walked onto Douglas Creek Estates, then a residential subdivision under construction, and blocked workers from entering. Over the course of the spring and summer of that first year, the criminal actions of the occupiers included throwing a vehicle over an overpass, the burning down of a hydro transformer which caused a three-day blackout, the torching of a bridge and the hijacking of a police vehicle. During the very worst period, ordinary residents living near the site had to pass through native barricades, show native-issued “passports”, and were occasionally threatened with body searches and routinely subjected to threats. Much of this lawless conduct occurred under the noses of the Ontario Provincial Police, who, often against their own best instincts, stood by and watched: They too had been intimidated. Arrests, where they were made, weren’t made contemporaneously, but weeks or monthlater. The result was to embolden the occupiers and render non-native citizens vulnerable and afraid. Eighteen months after the occupation began, a home builder named Sam Gualtieri, working on the house he was giving his daughter as a wedding present, was attacked by protesters and beaten so badly he will never fully recover from his injuries. The occupation is now in its fifth year. Throughout, Christie Blatchford has been observing, interviewing, and investigating with the tenacity that has made her both the doyen of Canadian crime reporters and a social commentator beloved for her uncompromising sense of right and wrong.

    – compliments

    • Yes and there also was allot went on that was not printed and also not know by the press!!!!!!!!!!!!! it was not a good situation!! and Caledonia has never and will never be the same!!!!!!!!! – I have also asked this one question and to date it never has been answered by the authorities !! – if a group of residents from Caledonia tore up of the Main Street – proceeded to take down a Hydro Tower – burn tires etc. would they be thrown in jail!!!!???? – I believe in a heart beat they would!!!!!

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