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Kevin Elwood was one of several challengers to a decision to award a renewable-energy approval for a wind turbine project in Clearview Township. - Ian Adams/Metroland
The application was being sought to allow construction on the 34-wind turbine project in the former Chatham Township area to occur all night as well as on Sundays and holidays from Dec. 1 to March 31, 2018. ...Chatham-Kent's director of building services Paul Lacina said the request was denied to due to objections received from the public and inconsistency with the principles established by council within the bylaw.
“I want the minister to understand why communities are so troubled by the effect of wind turbines on their water,” said McNaughton. “Wells that have produced clean, clear water for decades have begun producing dirty brown, unpotable water since construction of turbines for the North Kent I wind project began.”
Ontario lost between $732 million and $1.25 billion over the past two years selling surplus clean electricity outside the province, an analysis by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) estimates. That’s the difference between what Ontario agreed to pay to produce nuclear, water, wind and solar power, and the bargain basement price it sold it for on the international market.
But the environment ministry appears to have abdicated its role as regulator, and relies instead on self-regulation by the multi-billion-dollar wind power industry. What is the reason behind these social, economic and environment costs that so moves the Ontario government to keep pressing ahead with this problematic program? I don’t know. The government is not answering.
A meeting to update residents about the progress of the North Kent Wind farm on Thursday night didn't take long to become heated. The majority of residents in attendance wanted answers about what will be done regarding complaints about 16 water wells that have gone bad during the construction phase of the project.
An engineering report has found gaps and deficiencies in the draft Renewable Energy Approval (REA) documents to construct a wind farm in Dutton Dunwich.
A Wallaceburg citizen group wants water well problems associated with a nearby wind farm to be resolved before a wind project is approved for their area slated to have turbines taller than the Great Pyramid in Giza.
Fourteen Chatham area well owners have now filed water well interference complaints against the developers of a 34 turbine wind power project near their farms. The Council of Canadians is demanding work stop immediately on the North Kent One Wind project (owned by Samsung Energy and Pattern Energy) before more families lose their well water.
Ontario’s already lost a related case on very different legal grounds. Last year an international tribunal agreed the government violated the North American Free Trade Agreement with its moratorium on wind farms, which killed a project next to the one Trillium was working on run by an American-backed company. The people of Ontario are out $28 million in damages and legal costs for that.
This report by the Fraser Institute finds that Ontario’s Green Energy Act and its induced inefficiencies, have caused electricity prices to increase dramatically —now the highest in Canada—have cost the province an estimated 74,881 manufacturing jobs since the 2008 recession. High electricity prices are threatening industrial competitiveness, in particular that of the manufacturing sector for which electricity is a major input cost. The executive summary is provided below. The full report can be accessed by selecting the links on this page.
WindShare's own blog about the Exhibition Place turbine shows it has been plagued with problems over the past five years. The issues began after the turbine's main bearing was replaced in 2011. ...A series of what the operators called "cascading faults" took the turbine off line from the summer of 2012 until March 2013.
Kincardine is writing the province about taking people's concerns seriously.
In Ontario’s perverse hunger for industrial wind turbines, it turns out Chatham-Kent residents must first prove they have been poisoned by the developer, before they may seek justice. By then, of course, the damage will have been done. Recourse will expensive and, for most, unattainable. ...Folks who have fought for years to protect the things our government was supposed to safeguard, have been left gasping in despair. ...This is the horror Kathleen Wynne and Dalton McGuinty have wrought.
Health officials awaiting ethics clearance before residents can take part in study.
WPD Canada has stated that the company’s board of directors have decided not to proceed with an appeal of that decision, and will not be moving ahead with what would have been an eight-turbine project.
Her story and the similar stories of her neighbours prompted Maude Barlow, chairperson of the Council of Canadians, to visit Chatham-Kent and support the residents in their battle for answers and clean water. Residents believe that the impact of the North Kent wind turbine construction is behind the black water. The construction, involving pile-driving, has residents believing black shale and hazardous materials have leached into their well water.
A group of Chatham-Kent residents aired their grievances about the quality of water wells, at a public meeting on the impact of the North Kent wind turbine project. About 100 people showed up to the Thursday night meeting which was organized by Samsung and Pattern Development, the two companies behind the project.
After nearly 10 years, the company pulls the plug on plans for 8 turbines near Collingwood airport.
Two companies involved in a Lambton County wind-turbine project were fined $10,000 each for vegetation and tree removal in violation of the Environmental Protection Act.