P-W mayor describes Suncor bully tactics: ‘Here, we’re going to hold a gun to your head, again’

How’s this for ‘community consultation?’

Suncor rep: “Once finalized, we will share our construction plans with the community and continue the dialogue with our stakeholders,” he said.

Suncor BullyPaul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Suncor Energy was issued building permits for 27 wind turbines it plans to erect in Plympton-Wyoming, after filing a court motion. The permits were issued in early November, according to the company. The 27 turbines planned for Plympton-Wyoming are part of Suncor’s 46-turbine Cedar Point wind project that received provincial environmental approval in August.

“There were some challenges in the issuance of our building permits and Suncor filed a court motion to ensure that our project timelines do not contravene our contract with the province,” Suncor spokesperson Jason Vaillant said by e-mail. He said Suncor’s contract with the Ontario Power Authority requires that it have the Cedar Point project built and operating in 2016, or face penalties. “However, we have resolved this issue with the Town of Plympton-Wyoming and our building permits are now in hand.” Read article

3 thoughts on “P-W mayor describes Suncor bully tactics: ‘Here, we’re going to hold a gun to your head, again’

  1. https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2014/11/25/fire-chief-says-wind-turbine-fire-could-cause-hydraulic-oil-to-spill-into-oak-ridges-moraine/

    Credit: By Mary Riley | Kawartha Lakes This Week | November 24, 2014

    ‘[excerpt] Heather Gibbs is vice-chair of the Tribunal, an independent body hearing the appeal in Pontypool. The appellants’ case began last Monday (Nov. 17) and the respondents will be heard in December. The respondents are the director for the Ministry of the Environment, represented by Andrew Weretelnyk, and wpd Canada, represented by John Richardson.’

    ‘[excerpt] Mr. Weretelnyk and Mr. Richardson maintained that the information Chief Pankhurst has in his file could have been pulled off the Internet by anyone, and that there has been no effort to verify its accuracy. They also questioned how the chief could address a wind turbine fire or “blade throw” (the blade detaching and flying hundreds of metres away) when the fire service has no experience dealing with wind turbines.

    Chief Pankhurst dug in, saying that if a turbine caught fire, the cause would likely be electrical. But if the hydraulic oil also ignited, the result could be disastrous.

    As in a large barn fire, there is little firefighters can do, he said, and the turbine would simply be allowed to burn. Fire crews would work instead to prevent the fire from spreading. The chief said the rapidity with which fires spread in the area, because of large grassy areas and high winds is a significant factor.’

    ‘[excerpt] The chief maintained that a wind turbine fire was “low probability” but high risk if it did occur, especially if hydraulic oil spilled into the ground. The fire service does not have the resources to deal with such an environmental catastrophe, the chief noted, especailly given the permeability of soil in the area.’

    ‘[excerpt] Mr. Gillespie also pointed out that the chief is responsible for sending firefighters into any fire situation, and had to have some knowledge of that situation before doing so; that in the case of a wind turbine fire, he would have to know something about the chance it might collapse.

    Chief Pankhurst said that while wind energy farm owner/operators must have fire suppression systems in place, a real concern is the environmental impact of a hydraulic oil spill. He noted that if a fire compromised the integrity of the oil reservoir in the turbines, a spill could result.

    “A leak in a paved parking lot is not the same as a leak in sandy soil,” the chief said. “Contamination could happen before we were notified.” The permeability of the soil, he said, is a major consideration if a spill were to occur.’

  2. RECHARGE, Dec.,2013

    IN DEPTH: The Buffett billions

    Berkshire owns 17.8 million shares of Suncor Energy

    Large renewable projects require billions of dollars in capital invested.

    Only a few developers possess the money, such as NextEra Energy and NRG, to bring projects to completion.

    Wind will be 39% of Iowa based generation when Mid America’s generation of 1.05 GW comes online in 2015. Mid America is Hathaway owned.


    You can’t reason with people about renewable energy projects when there is so much money to be made and often without paying any taxes due to so many incentives. Investors will follow the big money guys.

    And to do this rural Ontarians have to be walked-all-over.

  3. And, the biggest obstacle – wind developers had
    was – securing land – for 20 years – [with 20 year options]
    – to build their industrial wind turbines.

    The privileged – land lessors – worked behind closed doors
    @ kitchen tables.

    Who won?

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