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Mayor Brian Milne says the Samsung, Pattern Energy project needed willing host status from the Township to move ahead. At last night's meeting, Milne says Council voted unanimously to stop the wind project by declaring itself an unwilling host.
After raising funds and attaining legal advice, the coalition is confident it has come up with a strategy to regulate noise produced by turbines. Currently, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is allowing 40 to 51 dBA and in a rural area it's 20 to 25 dBA for ambient noise at night time.
"As councillors, you are fairly familiar with noise coming off of green energy projects," Howard said. "The municipal act allows us the opportunities to regulate noise sources." Quoting the Municipal Act, Howard said as long as a municipality enforces a public nuisance bylaw in good faith, it is not supposed to be challenged.
A Plympton-Wyoming anti-wind group is taking aim at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment over what it claims was a lack of quick access to documentation on a proposed Suncor wind project. Investigators with the Ontario ombudsman's office recently spoke with two members of We're Against Industrial Turbines – Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW). The group is now preparing documentation to send over to validate their claims.
The anti-wind farm movement has notched up another win in its battle to stop industrial wind turbines from spreading across the province. After surveying its residents, Dutton-Dunwich council became the 80th municipality in Ontario to pass a resolution opposing wind turbine development on their turf.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) and Progressive Conservatives (PCs) – have differing views with regard to renewable energy. NDP leaders only support community wind power, and the PCs vehemently oppose all types of renewable energy and have used wind energy to club the ruling party. ...“If the Conservatives win, renewable energy is toast in Ontario,” predicts Kourtoff.
"...the Green Energy Act and this artificially low tax base assessment have jeopardized the ability of a municipality to raise property taxes to conduct its business. The annual allocation of Ontario funding to each municipality is decreasing. A fairer tax revenue generation process is needed to offset this shortfall.”
Wind farm opponents are cautiously heralding the news that the Stoneboat Community Wind Farm was cancelled. The turbines would have overlooked the Devil’s Elbow ski resort and put plans to build a multi-million dollar Buddhist retreat in the immediate area in jeopardy. ...the project fell off the rails when two of the three private landowners pulled out of the project.
The debate over wind turbines in Western Ontario is generating some lively opinions among farmers with a clear majority strongly opposed, a Farmers Forum survey suggests. A random survey of 50 farmers at the London Farm Show on March 5, found that 58 % disapproved of wind turbines.
In an application filed Thursday with the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto, the Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) asked for a judicial review of the Jan. 2 decision by the Ministry of the Environment to declare complete the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) submitted by Windlectric Inc., the company seeking to build the Amherst Island wind project.
Two of the turbines are five metres too close to Zoretic’s property. “Take them down,” said Zoretic outside West Lincoln council chambers Monday night, moments after the planning, building and environmental committee unanimously supported a resolution asking the province to do just that – and to immediately halt all wind projects in Ontario. “They shouldn’t be there in the first place.”
Environment Canada concludes that the Bow Lake Wind Project and the Montreal River weather radar will not be able to co-exist without negative impact on weather radar users. The argument is expected to be raised at an Environmental Tribunal Hearing expected to start in early March into the appeal of the Bow Lake Wind Facility.
“These people have been forced to come to Queen’s Park to protest because the government is not listening to them,” said Ms Scott. “I was proud to speak at their protest today but unfortunately I don’t believe the government is paying any attention.”
Trent Gervais says the proposed turbine -- part of a five-turbine project in the area -- is on one of the airport's landing approaches and, if built as proposed, would prevent the airport's ability to meet its future needs.
Eric Gillespie, lawyer for the field naturalists, said his client is “expressing some concern” about parts of the ruling and is considering whether to take the divisional court ruling to Ontario Court of Appeal.
Dufferin County council will postpone approving a $1.4-million agreement that would grant Dufferin Wind Power (DWP) use of its rail corridor. ...two appeals have been filed following a recent Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) decision that ruled Dufferin Wind’s transmission line does not pose a risk to human health. Amaranth, Mulmur and Melancthon have also passed motions supporting the appeal.
Wind turbine opponents say they're feeling encouraged by Lambton County council's decision to join the chorus of Ontario municipalities declaring themselves unwilling hosts for wind farms. County councillors passed a motion Feb. 12 joining approximately 80 communities making the declaration.
It is rare in Ontario, and in other democratic jurisdictions, when the wishes of the electorate, through their public representatives, are ignored so profoundly. Indeed, approximately 80 municipalities in this province have declared themselves to be “unwilling hosts” for wind turbine developments – a collective protest against legislation that smacks more of the Soviet than the Canadian style in getting things done.
“This is not a pro or con wind turbine issue,” said Meinen. “The issue is that somebody built something contrary to regulations and encroaching on my property lines ...For this turbine to be constructed where it was, is completely unacceptable and I await word from (the ministry) on what they plan to do about it.”
A court date has been set for Suncor Energy's lawsuit against the Town of Plympton-Wyoming and its wind turbine bylaws. It's the first court date scheduled for the lawsuit Suncor launched a year ago to challenge town bylaws aimed at wind energy projects.