Wind opponents await ‘big motion day’

windprelimBy Jason Bain, The Peterborough Examiner
Manvers Wind Concerns members have circled Oct. 3 on their calendars. That’s when those opposed to wind turbines in the south end of the City of Kawartha Lakes hope to learn the dates of hearings that will decide how the five-turbine Sumac Ridge wind farm in the Bethany area, southwest of Peterborough, will proceed. The motions day in Toronto on Oct. 3, called “big motion day” by group member and Omemee-area resident Paul Reid, could lead to hearing dates to be held in Lindsay.

“Things are still up in the air,” Reid said. Already a Ministry of the Environment-approved project, Sumac Ridge can now only be cancelled by an Environmental Review Tribunal, the appeals process set to take place, or a judicial review. The last tribunal-related session, which included project developer WPD, took place Sept. 4.

The Lindsay hearings are an opportunity for opponents to make their case. A key part of the MWC argument is that the 10.25-megawatt project southeast of the intersection of Hwy. 7A and Hwy. 35 would cause “irreparable change” to the Oak Ridges Moraine. “We have been trying to stop the project by forcing them to follow their own rules,” Reid said, referring to issues such as setbacks. Read article

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