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Five residents who have filed the majority of 1,000-plus wind turbine operation complaints with the ministry, sat across from Yurek, who is no stranger to the controversial green energy issue. Yurek and others are named in a private prosecution filed by a Chatham-Kent woman who claims a turbine construction contaminated her well water.
wpd Canada had indicated it would seek to recoup $100 million it put into the project, but it is still not clear how much the provincial government agreed to pay. The legislation requires wpd to cover the cost of decomissioning and restoring the land. The law also bars the company from suing the government. There are four turbines erected of the nine approved for the development before the provincial government terminated the project under The White Pines Wind Project Termination Act.
Professor Richard Mann invited Dr Mariana Alves-Pereira to speak about the harm to health from low-frequency noise and infrasound. She spent three days visiting Ontario’s largest industrial wind power project and meeting with residents who are now experiencing the cumulative and irreversible harm from industrial wind turbines that surround their homes, before the presentation. Her presentation held at the University of Waterloo represents the most current information available regarding wind turbines, low-frequency noise emissions and the impact on humans.
“The buzz is killing you all day long,” said Frank Davoodian as he testified in the hearings that his wife had been driven away from the home because the hydro line and construction of it impacted her health.
Council members in the rural municipality passed a motion Aug. 14 to deny the energy corporation's request for a bylaw variance. That variance would have allowed turbines to be located 900 metres from homes and buildings. The current bylaw requires a distance of 1,000 metres.
Some residents of Eastern Kings stood up to defend their municipal council at a public meeting Wednesday where there was talk of legal action against the municipality as it weighs the merits of a wind turbine proposal. "I certainly think we've got off on the very wrong foot to have a legal challenge at a public meeting," said local farmer Boyd Rose, speaking at the podium at Eastern Kings Community Centre, in front of about 60 people.
Ontario's Environment Minister Jeff Yurek has responded to being named in charges regarding the Ontario Court of Justice determining there are reasonable grounds to believe environmental offenses were committed at several wind turbine projects in Chatham-Kent.
The United States Department of Commerce has launched antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of utility scale wind tower imports from Canada and three other countries. The investigations will determine if the towers are being dumped in the U.S. and are receiving unfair subsidies.
Burke’s lawyer, Eric Gillespie, says roughly 80 families have been impacted by the contamination, which he alleges occurred when deposits of black shale in the soil were disturbed during construction of the project. “When you put up very large wind turbines that are 100 metres high, they require very large foundations,” he said. “Once they started developing these projects it became clear they were interfering with the drinking water supplies for many of the residents.”
An Ontario Justice of the Peace has determined on July 12 that there are reasonable and probable grounds to lay charges under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) against Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s minister of the environment, the Environment Ministry and the three industrial wind companies — Pattern Energy Group, Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Engie Canada Inc.
Ontario labour minister and PC Lambton-Kent Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton announced the investigation on July 19 to look into concerns about water well contamination allegedly stemming from pile driving work carried out for a wind energy development project. A panel of five independent experts was convened to determine "if the water from private wells in Chatham-Kent is safe for consumption."
CRYSLER — A North Stormont woman is concerned about potentially harmful dust clouds blown onto her property and those around her as access roads are being built for the Nation Rise Wind Farm.
A year after the Ford government scuttled an under-construction wind farm in eastern Ontario, the half-built site is still standing and the project’s owner and province remain locked in negotiations on compensation — despite promises the decision would not cost taxpayers.
Wpd Canada had worked out a deal with the Liberal government in 2009, but in early July 2018, within a month of being elected, the Progressive Conservative government announced it would be backing out of the contract. Although the White Pines Wind Project Termination Act came into effect in July 2018, on July 3, 2019, the provincial government passed a regulation that entitles wpd to receive compensation for “eligible costs.”
As turbine numbers have increased, rural residents once largely supportive of harnessing wind energy are expressing concerns ...“In each five year increment, starting with 1996, there’s been a 20 percent drop in the approval of the citizens for wind within our municipality. That leaves us at about 55 percent for, 45 percent against,” said Gavin Scott, senior planner with the Oldman River Regional Services Commission.
Natyshak asked Premier Doug Ford when his government was going [to] make good on his promise to call for an “immediate” health hazard investigation into water wells clogged with sediment after construction began on wind turbines in Dover and Chatham township areas.
“Up to now, resident complaints have been largely ignored by the Ministry. The documents we received showed the response rate had actually declined, and the Ministry did not seem prepared to take any action at all against the wind power operators, who are classified as the ‘Client’ in Ministry documents.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty right now on what programs might be rolled back, what incentives might be rolled back, so that creates not a great environment for investors,” said Binnu Jeyakumar, director with the Pembina Institute. “There’s a lot of wait and see. What we saw in Ontario was pretty disastrous for investments” in renewable energy, she added.
“The contract with New York is far from being signed,” Pineau said. “The mayor of New York City has said he wants to start negotiating, so that’s a very good sign. If he goes public it means he’s committed. … But it’s never easy. In principle everyone loves renewable energy, but when it comes to the invoice and the price tag, sometimes people have second thoughts.” In the case of New York City, that price tag includes $2.9 billion for U.S. developers to run the line through the state of New York, plus hundreds of millions more for Hydro-Québec to bring the line from the border to the Hertel converter station on Montreal’s South Shore.