First wind turbines, then power lines, and now they need guard rails…

NextEra and Suncor Adelaide projects add guard rails for ‘safety’ because they planted monstrous metal hydro poles along the shoulder of these country roads (Kerwood Road: 90km/h speed limit). WPD’s local Napier project moved their poles to the road edge a year ago and it tragically claimed a life already. This is what they call ‘mitigation’ I believe?

These are monster-huge transmission poles – the largest being 100′ tall and close to 4′ at the base. If you wonder why they are placed on a roadway, well ask Middlesex Cty.  The photos above mockingly show what Nextera, the OEB and the MOE think of road safety.  How could such an emminent assemblage of lawyers, doctors, engineers, and  all the other “professionals” who provided all the learned expertise at the ERT and OEB hearings approve such an awkward, cobbled up,  stupid mess as this – and, get paid for their “testimony.” One wishes that they should have to travel this gauntlet of steely bludgeons for the rest of their lives. So much education, so little intelligence.

Why didn’t Middlesex County call Nextera’s bluff and go to court about such obvious road safety hazards. In not doing so,  a very bad precedent has been set. Basically a private corporation posing as a public utility claims their “infrastructure” is for the public good. Really, that was the argument – said with a smirk.   Nextera’s initial submissions to the OEB  lacked specific details as to where the line would go or how large the poles would be. The size was the last thing revealed.  They also sought a directive to allow them to site the line on adjacent private property on an “as needed” basis and Nextera would dictate what compensation they would pay. 

This was not granted; and,  despite a desperate campaign by the mercenary “landmen” to get signatures, most property owners were enraged with the treatment and refused to sign the easements. As a result, Nextera had to negotiate with the County (Plan B as it were). It would have made an interesting court case, because the County owns the right of way (ROW) and is responsible for traffic safety. The “Bibles” for traffic safety is the provincial Roadside Safety Manual and the Design Manual.

Nextera’s “experts” interpreted the guidance of the Manuals in a very liberal way and sought even less “protective measures” than what was finally settled on. For instance, They saw no problem  putting 100’ poles as close as 3 m. off the edge of pavement without guard rail. The photos above mockingly show what Nextera, the OEB and the MOE think of road safety.

One wishes more that Middlesex County would have had the “cojones” to say “NO” and go to court. As it is, they sold out for a yearly rent payment and the pathetic attempts at “mitigating” the obvious hazard. It’s NexTerror’s road now – the County sold out their residents.

As mentioned above, this is a very bad precedent. After shedding these 2 “manuals”, what’s next? It’s not just a problem for rural areas. Similar things could be done in the cities. There’s lots of safety regulations to shred for the corporate barbarians who are now in control. However, there is an old trap that they cannot avoid.

Let’s see, how does that go – Success, outrageous behaviour, disaster. This applies to individuals, nations, empires.  What stage are they at right now?

8 thoughts on “First wind turbines, then power lines, and now they need guard rails…

  1. A similar accident on County Rd. #20 in Haldimand County a couple of weeks ago. Thankfully no fatalities in this one!

    • Guard rails are in the works for Haldimand too. Engineer for Samsung is supposed to be designing them to MTO standards but they’re not up yet. Guess we’ll have to try to get through a winter without them. Cement barricades are up until guard rails appear. Metal transmission poles should never be allowed anywhere near a road! This line is 19 km long. The abandoned rail trail was one route option suggested but that didn’t fly. Public safety isn’t high on this ruling gov’t’s “green” agenda’s priorities.

    • Have photos been taken about this same situation in Haldimand County?

      All those steel structures revealed in the photos should make the steel workers happy.

      • Not sure about the photos Barbara. However; The County, encouraged by the affected residents, is now complaining about the sound from these powerlines resembling the sound of “frying bacon”. (See article in the Sachem, our local paper, for this week.)This particular issue was raised, by an affected resident, at his hearing before the Assessment Review Board yesterday morning.

      • Sometimes described as buzzing or singing. So not an unknown factor with power lines.

        The different sounds could be caused/created by different sets of circumstances/conditions.

  2. I’m surprised the town would le them 1) build that close to the road and 2) put the towers n the ditches. the ditches are part of the municpal drainage system, and the tower placement can have a real effect on damning up the ditches causing flooding in certain circimstances.
    As to the “sizzling” from the towers. Does anyone know the voltage being used? Judging from the pictures it looks like 115KV. The insulators look a little long for 44Kv. The higher the voltage, the more the corona effect. This can be compounded or mitigated, to a degree by the type of insulators used. The weather condition has a very large effect on corona effect. Damp, foggy weather will make them sizle much more, dry weather less so. Damp enough and load enough the corona effect can be come visible with a bluish glow around the point where the insulator carries the conductor. A sharp point at this juncture will enhance the effect more.

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