Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman calling on energy minister to make wind proposal transparent

ErnieH-1_2By Tara Bowie, Woodstock Sentinel-Review
Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman is calling on the minister of energy to make wind farm proposal processes more transparent to the public and specifically provide information requested about the local Gunn’s Hill wind farm proposal. “Firstly, I would like to reiterate my position that it is unacceptable that approvals such as this one do not require municipal approval and public consent. In addition, applications can be changed without public involvement, as has happened with the Prowind application,” Hardeman wrote in the letter addressed to Bob Chiarelli, minister of energy.

“East Oxford Community Alliance, a community group opposing the Gunn’s Hill development, has found 26 pages of discrepancies, incomplete documents and inaccuracies yet the ministry has deemed the application complete.” Hardeman also requested the minister explain why his office has not provided information on the grid connection change proposal, and provided concerns that his constituents are now engaged in costly and lengthy Freedom of Information requests.

Discrepancies and incomplete documents include what Prowind Canada Inc. spokesperson Juan Anderson calls a “small administrative error” of inverting the digits of a location for one turbine proposed for the now 18-megawatt project. The error located on the paper plans puts one of the turbines about 26 metres from what would be its physical location if the proposal receives approval. Read article

4 thoughts on “Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman calling on energy minister to make wind proposal transparent

  1. The Energy Minister is about as transparent as MUD!!! – he has not replied to any of my many many emails!! – I asked him if he thought that he was a one man show!! – I keep emailing him anyway! – even the Premier replied to my emails – mind you it took allot of emails – but she did reply!! – I also asked him when I could expect a reduction in my hydro rates!! – oh silly I forgot all of the Liberals pocketed that money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. In 
 2003 Michael Crichton spoke in San Francisco. Here is a partial transcript:

    Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it’s a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths:

    There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature; there’s a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability.

    Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion — that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs imbibe.

    And so the religion goes… The Liberals got to Gaia’s Church. Apostates are dealt with harshly!

    • WillR… Since we’re on the topic of “religion” as it applies to the whole subject of “Climate Change”, why not look at the other side of the equation??

      Google “Grady S. McMurtry Global Warming?”

      He disagrees with the prevailing notion that climate change is largely caused by human activity and can be remedied by a change in human activity. McMurtry debunks Al Gore’s book, An Inconvenient Truth, and presents an intelligent rebuttal to the theory noted above that human activity is largely to blame for the supposed “mess” we’re in. He also presents arguments in favour of the reality of climate change which has to do, primarily, with the sun (solar flares) and volcanic activity… both of which are totally independent of the influence of human activity.

      One word of caution before you google Mr. McMurtry… He is a “religious” man as well (a la Michael Crichton) and, in this case, an avowed Creationist. Whichever side you take in the debate, IMO, as well as Dr. McMurtry’s, the whole issue of climate change seems to be more religion & politics than science!

  3. Climate change is just a convenient cover for those investing in, developing and/or promoting renewable energy IMO. Need some excuse for causing so much damage in so many ways.

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