By Terry Bridge, Times-Advocate Staff
VARNA – Bluewater has filed an appeal against an approved Grand Bend wind farm. The deadline to appeal the 40-turbine project was last Friday. The application went through their legal counsel, Eric K. Gillespie, who lodged the appeal on Bluewater’s behalf. The Ontario Power Authority selected the area as one of Northland Power’s projects.
The appeal is on the grounds of environmental and health concerns. Setbacks would fall under the health concerns category. The wind farm’s proposed location is north of Grand Bend and running north, east of Highway 21. According to documents on the project’s website grandbend.northlandpower.ca, the closest turbine is 650 metres from Highway 21, while the majority of them are 1,000-m away from it.
“This is the first project that’s been accepted that’s going to be this close to the highway,” Councillor-at-Large Tyler Hessel explained. “Basically it’s going to be setback from the highway, which I think is like 500 metres or something. It’s not that far.” Hessel estimated the appeal process could go on for a few months, possibly into the next term of council elected this October. Read article