MOE asks Dufferin Wind to guard against ‘potential’ water threat

july aug 2014 128Orangeville Banner, Chris Halliday
The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is asking Dufferin Wind Power to seal the foundations of more than 300 utility poles to guard against possible groundwater contamination in Melancthon and Amaranth. The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approved Dufferin Wind’s plan to construct a 230 kV transmission line from its 49-turbine wind farm in Melancthon to Amaranth last year.

Earlier this summer, however, the MOE asked Dufferin Wind to revise its construction blueprint. Ministry officials made that request after a local resident argued some utility pole foundations Dufferin Wind was constructing could act as conduits for surface water pollutants to enter the groundwater supply.

A memo written to municipal officials by Gary Tomlinson, senior environmental officer in the MOE’s Guelph office, identifies “it is possible that it can happen,” although he noted utility pole foundations aren’t particularly efficient pathways for large quantities of water. Read article

4 thoughts on “MOE asks Dufferin Wind to guard against ‘potential’ water threat

  1. “it is possible that it can happen,” although he noted utility pole foundations aren’t particularly efficient pathways for large quantities of water.

    Coming from a desk idiot I take it! Not sure where this fool is from, but where I come from the ditches carry vast amounts of water coming off the fields and roads that are lined with these poles. dont most ditches?

    My well is but a stones throw from such a ditch, and when it rains water does sit for days also lined with poles. So does the MOE not think that water seeps long distances? Farmers are very aware of this, and yet the MOE is the “experts” on our environment! God help us all!

    • Without exception, these huge steel poles are located right in the middle of these drainage ditches. If the free flow of water, especially after heavy rains and during spring thaw, is inhibited won’t “low” areas be subject to flooding over the roads?? Just wondering? Oh well, I guess the MOE “experts” know best! Installations, in Haldimand County, started in earnest last February so these same “experts” would be able to determine the impact such construction might have on local drainage issues going forward wouldn’t they?

      • Get photos of the locations of these steel utility poles to show they are in ditches if possible and post them at OWR.

      • The above photo should make the USW happy. Plenty of steel poles used on this stretch of roadway!

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