Plan for 65 wind turbines goes ‘right through the heart of Lakeshore’

bell riverBrian Cross, Windsor Star
A plan to erect as many as 65 giant wind turbines is generating fierce opposition, because the map for possible locations butts up to the urban and suburban areas of Belle River and Puce where most Lakeshore residents live.

“It is a huge concern of mine, it just spoils everything,” Jacques Goulet, a Puce resident who is running for deputy mayor in the Oct. 27 municipal election, and is vowing to oppose any turbines located near developed areas. He said he has nothing against putting these massive windmills on farmland in less-populated areas, but locating them near the growth areas in the northeast corner of the town will stifle future development and devalue the homes people have built in recent years.

“Every single homeowner I talk to can’t stand the things,” he said, claiming that almost every one of the approximately 300 people who attended an open house Tuesday — put on by the companies proposing the turbines — opposes them. Most of the land in the map is farmland between Highway 401 in the south to County Road 42 in the north. But the boundary also reaches further north in the Belle River and Puce areas, into subdivisions and along Notre Dame Street. Just east of Belle River, the boundary reaches right to the Lake St. Clair shoreline. Read article

24 thoughts on “Plan for 65 wind turbines goes ‘right through the heart of Lakeshore’

  1. Jacques Goulet is a true Nimby and hypocrite. He obviously realizes the destructive nature of the wind turbines and the detrimental economic consequences of these monstrosities; but, is in favor of placing these environmental nightmares in other people’s communities. I have opposed wind turbines throughout Ontario and have attended numerous anti-turbine rallies outside of my immediate area. The wind turbines are useless boondoggles that are destructive to the environment. However, if these turbines are to be built, the first place they should be built is in communities like Goulets, until these communities learn to oppose wind turbines throughout Ontario and not just in their backyards.

  2. Mr. Goulet,
    Don’t put them in your back yard but you don’t mind if they put the turbines on farmland in a less populated area?????!
    Say no more asshole.

    • Is “asshole” part of proper debate? No, it isn’t as you will probably agree. This word in a comment further cements the deplorable written and behavioural record of antiIWT people in Ontario, some views of whom are plausible and serious.

      AntiIWT people speak of riven communities. I simply point out who has caused these rifts. This continues to be a running sore in the body politic of Ontario. Please reonsider your name-calling and disrespectful behaviour.

      Phil Dabous

      • Maybe not many people are aware of the political climate surrounding IWTs and Samsung and extending thru Essex County.

        Steel IWT infrastructure is manufactured in Windsor, include the Samsung Windsor airport deal and now the connections Pupatello has. Top this off with the Samsung Lakeshore IWT proposal.

        Then Chrysler union has connections to the BlueGreen Alliance.

        Is it any wonder that comments made against IWTs in this area of Ontrario are not welcome?

      • Eat County Magazine, California, April 30, 2014

        “Was It Fraud? Experts raise Serious Questions After The First-Year Energy Production At Ocotillo Wind Project”

        “An international wind energy expert has concluded that Pattern Energy appears to have defrauded the federal government in order to obtain lucrative tax subsidies for a wind energy development in southern California that has failed to live up to the developer’s claims.”

        There are other articles on this page as well. Shadow flicker on the highway is one of them.

      • There are plenty of photos showing the destruction that IWTs cause in other parts of Ontario. Then the Ocotillo, CA photos can be added to this photo collection for the people in Lakeshore to see.

      • U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission/SEC, Washington, D.C.

        Pattern Energy Group Inc. documents:

        Enter: Pattern Energy Group

        Select the red numbers on the left for Pattern Energy Group Inc., CA

        Begin with 10-K reports which have some information on Samsung & Pattern Energy in Canada. 8-Ks maybe should be looked as well.

        These are long reports so information is not all in the same place in these reports so they require careful reading. There is a lot of financial information here so skip this for now and look at the printed text for information.

        For Canada: Use SEDAR reports for company information

        Should be useful in the Lakeshore situation.

      • Pattern Energy/ symbol PEGI

        Pattern Energy – majority shareholder is Pattern Energy Group LP/ “Pattern Development”

        Others include:
        Ownership summary Pattern Energy Group Inc.

        Riverstone Holdings LLC, 22,000,000 shares
        Carlyle Group LP, 22,000,000 shares

      • Western Alumni
        “10th Annual Water Rowing Gala”, March 1, 2014

        Speakers included:
        David S. McCann, Managing Director of the Carlyle Group and head of relationship investing at the Canada Pension Plan investment board.


        Canada Pension Plan/CPP Investment Board

        Riverstone Holdings CPPIB committed to:

        US $200 million to Riverstone IV in 2008
        US $400 million to Riverstone V in 2012

      • Good for Samsung to have connections with Pattern Energy? Political connections can come in handy at times can’t they?

      • Wikipedia, The Carlyle Group, Washington, D.C. founded 1987

        Scroll down to “Since 2007”

        The Carlyle Group acquired Synagro Technologies, Jan.28, 2007

        “On November 30, 2009, David Rosendall, a Synagro executive was sentenced for conspiracy to commit bribery, in the corruption scandal which eventually brought the mayor City of Detroit. The executive for the Carlyle subsidiary was caught giving cash to Detroit City leadership.”

        Synagro went out of business a short time later.

      • For Essex County

        Brookfield Asset Mangement Inc, Toronto
        Board includes:
        Frank McKenna,, Board Chair. & at TD Bank
        Harry Goldgut, Chair. Brookfield Renewable Power Inc.

        Toronto Life, Jan.,2010

        “Toronto Life: The Power Of Frank” by Gerald Hannon

        Old story so Google:
        The Power of Frank McKenna and use the Lawrence Creaghan link

        “He’s the most connected man in the country, a confidante of Bill Clinton …”

      • Brookfield Renewable Energy has in Essex County:

        Gosfield Wind Facility, Town of Kingsville, 50MW
        Comber Wind Project, Town of Lakeshore, 166MW

        Combined expected to power 70,000 average Ontario homes.

      • The Canadian Business Journal, June 2011

        “Gosfield and Comber Wind Energy”

        “Gosfield and Comber represent a continuous, long-term source of renewable energy …”

        Also Prince Wind Farm at Sault Ste. Marie, ON , 2006 with 126 turbines & INSTALLED CAPACITY 189 MW.

        Have to go back to the beginning of these wind projects and what was promised back then.

        This is an old article: and uses search, Gosfield and Comber Wind Energy

  3. If there are to be industrial wind turbines, they should surround the populated cities…where a great deal of hydro is used.e.g. Toronto
    These big fans could also circulate the stagnant Toronto air on a hot summer day.
    Oh, pardon me, Toronoto is a Liberal riding…like that is going to happen.

  4. I am blocked from making comments on this article. The comments show up on my web page, but not in the article….More media censorship and/or bias.

    • The political climate in this part of Ontario is such that comments made by engineers about IWTs are not welcome.

      In fact, comments made by engineers about IWTs are not welcome in many places.

  5. Aha! See! They aren’t ‘blind’…

    ‘[excerpt] It wasn’t that the Conservatives were anti-environment, it just wasn’t on their political radar when they first took power, according to Bruce Carson, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Steven Harper from 2006 to 2009.

    Carson is fighting his own legal battles now and is no longer in government. But back then he was working for the new Tory government as it was, in his words, “scrambling around,” trying to get a handle on the groundswell of public interest in the environment.

    In contrast to the Liberals, there was little interest among Conservatives in cozy meetings with environmental groups, Carson said.
    Graham Saul, executive director of Ecology Ottawa, says it’s a whole different game, with more focus on generating support and donations in suburban areas.

    “We’ve knocked on 50,000 doors in the east end of Ottawa in the past year and a half,” he said in an interview with CBC News.

    “These are the areas where the battle for the soul of Canada is currently being fought, and yet these are also areas where the Canadian environmental community has not

    made an adequate effort to develop a strong base of support.”

    The environmental movement has had to transform itself to get to this point, and Saul is good example of the evolution.

    As the former head of the Climate Action Network, a lot of his time was spent talking about international climate issues and lobbying the federal government on action

    to curb emissions.

    All that ended when the Harper government was elected in 2006.
    “We’re very good at what you might call the air campaign, where we’re able to participate in the debate about ideas,” said Saul. “But when the polls go south, we’re

    less well-equipped to do the hard grassroots organizing.
    Suzuki’s new cross-Canada Blue Dot Tour is an example of his new approach: appealing to youth and families. He’s talking to audiences across Canada about enshrining

    the right to a healthy environment in the Constitution.

    There’s not a federal politician in sight.

    “I think there is lobbying that still goes on, but we are getting back to the focus of getting grassroots support, which has always been a strength of the

    environmental movement,” he said.
    “Environmentalism at the NGO level … has become a big business,” said Rick Anderson in an interview with CBC.

    Anderson is a political strategist and CEO of i2 Ideas & Issues, an advertising firm whose clients include the energy industry.
    He thinks the tactics are effective, but lead to less thoughtful environmental conversation, essentially “dumbing it down.”

    To feed the fundraising beast you need to be in news, said Anderson. “The way to get headlines is sometimes to be outrageous, and so you take strong positions that

    don’t necessarily lead to solutions. But they get you stories in the press, and stories in the press lead to a higher profile, and a higher profile usually leads to

    making more money.”

    But environmental activists like Tzeporah Berman point to the recent climate rally in New York that attracted more than 300,000 people, as well as growing pipeline

    protests, as proof these tactics are working.
    “We’ve never seen closer relationships with unions and environmental groups, and First Nations and environmental groups, and scientists and environmental groups.”

    It’s leading to growing concern in Conservative circles about effects on the energy industry and the economy.

    “There’s no question that if effectiveness is stopping major economic projects like the pipelines, they’ve been effective,” said Carson.’

  6. Other news reports say there were no 300,000 people at the Sept.21. 2014 N.Y.C.rally. Aerial photos of this rally don’t support this claim.

    So keep Canada’s oil land-locked in Alberta and choke off the economy of Canada. Who benefits from doing this?

    Then there is a compliant MSM that won’t report the truth about these issues.

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