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Councillor Jacqueline Faubert said any agreement related to turbines and noise lacks “teeth” since the MOE noise protocol is not scientifically valid. “Any dispute resolution protocol should not be taken as any change to the status quo with regards to turbines and noise,” Faubert said.
The motion, decided by Executive Chair Lynda Tanaka who oversees the ERT, OMB and three other tribunals, temporarily stops the construction of two turbine towers during the appeal of the Ministry of the Environment's approval of the project. The Appellants, Skydive Burnaby Inc. and the company's co-owner Mikel Pitt, argue the turbines are too close to their skydiving school.
To understand how much the Liberals miscalculated, it’s worth looking at another report that preceded this one. Prepared for influential clients in the energy industry by global consulting firm IHS-CERA, the title of this private study says it all: “Too Much, Too Fast — The Pace of Greening the Ontario Power System.” It treats our wind turbines as a case study on how greening the power system can plunge it into the red. A cautionary tale for international clients, the report would have been essential reading for provincial energy planners as they looked for the light at the end of our wind tunnel:
The lawyer who represents them said today the purchase offers would only be good if the couple dropped their concerns, which would in turn cancel an environmental hearing beginning today in Kincardine. The lawyer representing Ken and Sharon Kroeplin says the offers were made only after the notice of appeal was issued.
“Gunshots have been heard on a number of occasions since just prior to the opening of hunting season,” Dallas said in an email. “Recently shots were heard on Friday afternoon and Sunday morning.” While no one has been injured, Dallas said, there have been “several close calls.”
“First with the installation of the test towers and the high-pitch sounds emitting from them, we lost 26 of our 38 emus with no eggs laid,” the Van Tassels wrote in an email. “During the time the turbines were erected and the test towers were still in place, we lost five more emus.”
But the vibrating hum from the turbines seemed to have intensified recently, she said. “Our birds became very aggressive. They were never like that. They were very docile.” ...During one period of about 14 days, they lost five birds. “We can’t sit and watch the rest of these birds die.”
Trillium Power Wind Corp. has won an appeal that will allow it to proceed with a $2.25-billion lawsuit against the government of Ontario for imposing what the company alleges was a politically motivated moratorium on offshore wind farm development during the 2011 election.
“I arrived at my property on Saturday (October 26) following the incident and found a crane laying on my property, my fence damaged and spilt oil. I couldn’t believe that no one had phoned me; no one from the town (Northeast Town), the project (McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm project that crane is a part of) or the Ministry of Environment (MOE).”
"Studying outcomes as complex as sleep, vertigo, tinnitus and their relationship with environmental exposure is challenging," he said. "Getting the full picture of the impacts of wind turbine noise on these outcomes will require many studies and this is only one."
A 365 ton crane, which is being used on the construction of the McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm project, overturned yesterday along Green Bush Road.
The wind energy consultant hired to vet the project did not address any future development in its feasibility study, a copy of which was provided to the Star. The consultant, Genivar Ontario, studied the entire GO system and ranked each property in the GTA, recommending Lisgar as the ideal location for a wind power project. Genivar was paid $138,000 to do the feasibility study and oversee the turbine’s construction, Metrolinx said.
Marcelle Brooks and Muriel Blair, with the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group, put together the protest involving about 150 vehicles that shut down a section of the highway as they travelled from the Forest Road intersection to a rally in Strathroy. Their aim was to draw Premier Kathleen Wynne's attention to the opposition to wind farm developments in rural Ontario.
SOAR has stated the appearance of wind farms will be an eyesore inflicted on the natural beauty of the Algoma landscape, in an area many tourists enjoy and which is famous for providing inspiration for the Group of Seven's legendary Canadian paintings.
The Drennans are concerned about reported health effects of wind turbines and want a moratorium on the K2 project until studies can be conducted to better understand their impact on human health. Residents suffering from insomnia, ringing in the ears, headaches, and heart palpitations have for years inundated government ministries, local boards of health and newspaper opinion pages with pleas for help.
“Premier Wynne, you will learn we are a tough crowd to deal with when we are pissed off,” activist anti-turbine firebrand Esther Wrightman told a post-convoy rally of about 300 in Strathroy. “We will not be bullied and terrorized any more.”
Wrightman said she was stymied last week when the tribunal deemed nine of her 11 witnesses wouldn’t be allowed to speak as experts in their field. They included an Australian doctor, a Chicago assessor and a specialist in low-frequency soundwaves. “What this has shown me is that there is no way an average Ontario resident can file an appeal successfully,” she told hearing chairperson Dirk VanderBent.
"You guys did a lousy job," Don McCabe, vice president at the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, told attendees as a panelist during the recently concluded Canadian Wind Energy Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. ...Some rogue developers have come into the province and hastily staked their claim and often underestimated the intelligence of locals. In some cases wind developers often pitted neighbors against each other.
The Ontario government is refusing to hear testimony from experts on noise and safety in an ongoing Environmental Review Tribunal, according to motions presented to the appellant. Last week, the Environment ministry and power developer NextEra filed motions to deny testimony from witnesses at an appeal launched by Esther Wrightman, a citizen of the Middlesex area. The ministry and developer are objecting to testimony from medical doctors, a professional engineer with expertise in noise measurement, an acoustician with knowledge of the effect of environmental noise and infrasound on human health, and real estate appraisers.
After three years of protest, a group of Smithville neighbours are calling on Premier Kathleen Wynne in a last-ditch effort to stop wind turbines from taking over their rural community.