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Province reviewing Strathroy wind farm

The province has begun reviewing a proposed wind farm that is blowing up controversy near Strathroy. But if the past is any indication, that review won't satisfy opponents who want the province to force the proposal to go under an environmental microscope. Of the 19 projects wind farm opponents sent to the province for review since January, none have been bumped up to a full environmental assessment, according to the Environment Ministry.

The province has begun reviewing a proposed wind farm that is blowing up controversy near Strathroy.

But if the past is any indication, that review won't satisfy opponents who want the province to force the proposal to go under an environmental microscope.

Of the 19 projects wind farm opponents sent to the province for review since January, none have been bumped up to a full environmental assessment, according to the Environment Ministry.

Seven are still under review, but 11 have already been turned down for a full assessment.

One proposal was withdrawn by the proponent.

Wind farm projects usually have to go through an environmental screening, but opponents can ask for a more comprehensive environmental assessment.

Five residents asked that the Adelaide Wind Farm project near Strathroy, proposed by TCI Renewables, be placed under a full environmental assessment, said Environment Ministry spokesperson Kate Jordan.

"These requests are under review now with ministry staff," Jordan said.

She couldn't say when the review might be done.

While they wait for word about the review, opponents to the wind farm are continuing their grassroots fight against the project and any future... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The province has begun reviewing a proposed wind farm that is blowing up controversy near Strathroy.

But if the past is any indication, that review won't satisfy opponents who want the province to force the proposal to go under an environmental microscope.

Of the 19 projects wind farm opponents sent to the province for review since January, none have been bumped up to a full environmental assessment, according to the Environment Ministry.

Seven are still under review, but 11 have already been turned down for a full assessment.

One proposal was withdrawn by the proponent.

Wind farm projects usually have to go through an environmental screening, but opponents can ask for a more comprehensive environmental assessment.

Five residents asked that the Adelaide Wind Farm project near Strathroy, proposed by TCI Renewables, be placed under a full environmental assessment, said Environment Ministry spokesperson Kate Jordan.

"These requests are under review now with ministry staff," Jordan said.

She couldn't say when the review might be done.

While they wait for word about the review, opponents to the wind farm are continuing their grassroots fight against the project and any future expansion.

Opponents have planned a Sept. 9 open house, where four speakers will outline the potential health and pollution risks of wind farms.

TCI Renewables is already making deals with more landowners for more turbines, said Esther Wrightman, a Kerwood resident and a founder of the Middlesex Wind Action Group.

"These are the people we have to inform, before they all sign up," Wrightman said.

TCI development manager Mark Gallagher said some farmers have asked the company if they can option their land for future turbines.

"We will sign up as many as those who come forward, but we are not actually looking for more land," he said.

The company is focusing on its current project, a 40-turbine plant on about 3,240 hectares north and south of Hwy. 402 just west of Strathroy, he said.

"We don't have a massive land base for future development," Gallagher said.

He is hoping the province finishes its review on the project by mid-September.

Environmental officials asked the company for information on the project before beginning the review, he said.

Ministry officials routinely contact proponents and opponents to see if there's a way to resolve issues, Jordan said.

"There is a bit of back and forth that goes on."

INFORMATION MEETING

  • What: Information session on industrial wind turbines presented by Middlesex Wind Action Group
  • When: Sept. 9, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Adelaide W.G. MacDonald public school, 29059 School Rd., Strathroy.

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Source: http://lfpress.ca/newsstand...

AUG 28 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/21943-province-reviewing-strathroy-wind-farm
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