Horizon Wind Thunder Bay denial

Horizon Wind Inc. first proposed the controversial wind project in 2007 that would place 16 wind turbines at various locations in the south Neebing area of Thunder Bay. The project was first approved by the city council but with objections to some turbine locations. Legal actions by Horizon eventually paved the way for the project but not without continued objections by the residents. Due to delays, the feed-in-tariff contract signed with Ontario was canceled in 2014. The project is now officially off the books in Ontario. This denial document, issued on October 29, 2015, explains why.

Site Location:   

Big Thunder Wind Park
Lot Sec 5, Concession 1
Municipality of Neebing, City ofThunder Bay, District of Thunder Bay

In accordance with Section 139( I)( c) ofthe Environmental Protection Act, R.S. 0. 1990, c.- E. 19 (Environmental Protection Act), I hereby give notice that, under Section 47.5( 1)(b) ofthe Act, I have refused to issue a Renewable Energy Approval for your application for approval dated 2012110118, for a Class 4 wind facility.

The reason for this refusal is as follows:

Horizon Wind Inc. has not provided the ministry with cettain specific information in response to the ministry's detailed inquiries on the potential impacts of the project on moose and moose habitat. The additional explanation and detail requested from Horizon Wind Inc. was determined to be necessary to the ministry's review, and in particular, was required for the ministry to be satisfied that the potential impacts of the project on moose, moose habitat and the traditional moose hunting practices of members of the Fort William First Nation had been adequately assessed and mitigated. 

011 8937 Refusal Thunder Bay

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OCT 29 2015
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