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Water well advocates chained themselves to a tractor wheel weights and refused to leave
Staff from Ontario's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change will be meeting with well owners in Chatham-Kent after the municipal government demanded construction of wind turbines be stopped until water quality concerns could be answered.
Chatham-Kent councillors have approved a motion calling on Ontario's government to stop wind turbine work in the municipality until a deeper investigation into water quality concerns is completed.
In a recorded conversation between a well owner in the East St. Clair wind farm project area and the director of operations for the wind farm company, the official admitted wells were contaminated by turbidity during pile driving, and owners were given filtration systems to fix the problem.
The Environmental Review Tribunal has ruled the approval for a 500-foot-tall wind turbines in an area near the Collingwood Regional Airport should be revoked.
There may not be eight wind turbines spinning in Clearview Township after all. In a decision released Wednesday, the Environmental Review Tribunal revoked the renewable energy approval for the project, saying the danger to human life and safety was too great.
In this important decision by the Ontario Environmental Review Tribune, the Tribune officially revokes Wpd Canada's permit to install eight 137-meter (450 feet) tall wind turbines in close proximity to the Collingwood Regional Airport and a private air field owned by Kevin and Gail Elwood. In its October 2016 decision, the ERT had determined that the appellants met the test that showed there would be harm to human health. The ERT also agreed that irreversible harm to the natural environment, specifically to bats, warranted further investigation. Wpd Canada was granted an opportunity to show that mitigation could resolve the concerns. The ERT in this decision held that the risk to human health and safety was unacceptable. A portion of the decision is provided below (paragraphs 15-20) pertaining to the turbines impairing safe air travel. The full decision of the ERT can be found by clicking the links on this page.
The president of the Association to Protect Amherst Island says she’s disappointed with what she calls a lack of transparency on the township’s part. “The township has not established very clearly what the boundary of the roads are. So owners are concerned that the property is going to be used without their consent,” said Michelle Lelay of the Association to Protect Amherst Island.
Jessica Brooks couldn't believe it when she learned through media reports that an official with the North Kent Wind project stated there was no evidence of any issue found, so far, with her family's well water. ...there was so much sediment built up, it took several minutes to flush the system as the water came in dribbles and sputtered at times.
The turbine has sat idle since November 2016, when its transformer stopped working. ...school district officials argued the energy company defaulted on the contract and demanded the company uphold the current contract by fixing the turbine without the assurance of a contract extension.
Less than two days after pile driving began to construct industrial turbines near Jessica and Paul Brooks' home in Chatham Township, their once crystal-clear water well has become clogged with sediments.
Duncan Ashley, the Councillor for Amherst Island, says in his 23 years of municipal politics, he has never seen the community torn apart like the way the discussion surround Amherst Island’s new wind farm does.
McCarter found 30,000 of those jobs were in construction, lasting only one to three years, and the government had failed to take into account studies in other jurisdictions showing that for each job created through renewable energy, two to four were lost in other sectors of the economy, because of higher electricity prices.
The government’s about-face on renewable energy project, halting further large buys, was the beginning of the end, said worker Lee Blair of London. “We saw the writing on the wall when the Liberals cut the funding to the green energy (projects),” he said.
Rumours of some kind of looming shutdown or closing at Siemens, one of four green energy plants lured to Ontario under a controversial multibillion-dollar provincial deal with Korean industrial giant Samsung, began a few weeks ago and intensified during the weekend.
Jakubec says this discovery is just the tip of the iceberg and wonders how many other wind farms are improperly built. He says this might be one of the biggest water scandals since the Walkerton tragedy in 2000 when seven people died after their water supply was contaminated.
Acchione said the province is wasting the power through a practice called “curtailment.” It means that when the province’s hydro generators produce power consumers don’t need, and it can’t be exported, they have to dump it. ...“The numbers...show that Ontario’s cleanest source of power is literally going down the drain because we’re producing too much of it.”
A renewable energy project, aimed at building between 27 and 34 new wind turbines in North Stormont, faces ongoing opposition from locals who will live close to the towers.
While it was a celebration toasted with champagne, officials unveiling the Niagara Region Wind Farm still felt the need to defend their cause.
In several records, staff noted that wind turbine noise exceeded regulations: ““Staff have attended at the complainants homes on multiple occasions … noise measurements were obtained…subjective observations were made by Provincial Officers…the conclusion of the POs were that the noise emissions from the wind turbines were causing an adverse effect contrary to S. 14 (1) of the EPA at the complainants locations…”