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Driving through Michigan, I was distressed to see town after town boarded up beneath wind turbines. I don't know the answer, but I will pose this question: Were the wind turbines built there because the towns were dead or did the towns die because the wind turbines were built?
Last year, a group of landowners fought to keep the project from going ahead. But contractors started pouring the concrete pads for the turbines last week, and O'Shea said they realized they'd lost the battle. She still doesn't believe it was a fair fight.
While wind opponents try to mobilize urbanites, other activists and municipal politicians are searching their wallets and bank accounts to defend themselves against legal challenges from wind energy developers. Esther Wrightman, a mother of two living near Kerwood, between Sarnia and London, is figuring out how to fight a lawsuit brought against her by NextEra, a company planning two wind developments in the area.
The notice questions the process for granting the REA since it does not require the director of the Ministry of the Environment to consider potential health effects and does not comply with the precautionary principle, "which is a principle of fundamental justice."
"I was thrilled with the decision, as were 90% of the residents of Amherst Island," said island resident Brian Little. "It was very gratifying to see the tribunal take off their green energy blinders and recognize the damage that these wind turbines are doing to our wildlife."
The final arguments have been made. One lawyer against three. Not a fair fight but, then, that is the way it has been since that wintry day in March when hearings began in an appeal of the Ministry of Ontario's approval of an industrial wind turbine project at Ostrander Point.
The placement of turbines is simply shocking. One will loom over our school and playground. Four turbines are to be built within steps of the Owl Woods. The whole of Amherst Island is an Important Bird Area of Global Significance, but this tiny area is particularly vulnerable. The Owl Woods is known internationally as having the greatest variety and number of owls in one place in Canada.
In the Ontario electricity generation sector, this paper shows that selection of an intermittent carbon free wind generator actually increases the carbon emissions by displacing other carbon free generators, nuclear and hydraulic, and requiring the operation of carbon emitting natural gas and even coal generators to provide support for when the intermittent wind generation routinely falls in output. The introduction and conclusion of this paper are shown below. The full paper can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
The message by itself will not stop the province from approving the proposed Port Ryerse Wind Farm or other projects. But councillors hope the province will take heed of the growing chorus of municipalities asking to put the brakes on Ontario's push for wind energy.
For decades visitors to the D-Day beaches on the northwest coast of France have looked out at the English Channel, taking in the journey made by Allied troops that marked a turning point in the Second World War.
A London, Ontario radio station, CJBK, on its program London Today With Any Oudman, spent most of the morning interviewing people about the ominous social unrest in Southern Ontario caused by the massive proliferation of industrial wind turbine projects.
"In Ontario, Canada, there is a suspension of critical appraisal and due process regarding industrial wind turbines. The lack of confidence in the political and regulatory systems will persist if governments and industry continue to deny the existence of adverse impacts from human exposure to industrial wind turbines...The negative psychological effect of disempowerment interacting with the adverse health effects attributed to industrial wind turbines has intensified the negative synergy of justice lost."
"Gillespie's opening statement outlined the reasons for the PECFN appeal of the project approval. He noted Ostrander Point was recognized by local, provincial and national and international organizations as the worst site for wind turbines and that Ostrander Point is in the middle of the PEC South Shore Important Bird Area.
Staff recommended that council ask the Province to refuse wpd Canada's application. Director of planning and engineering Ron Taylor clarified that energy companies apply to the Province under a provincial process; council does not approve the application, but may express concerns. A municipal council may offer support for an application, or ask the Province to refuse it.
If industrial wind turbines start turning in Clarington, it's just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt, predicts Barb King, who runs an equestrian school in Kendal and is concerned that proposed turbines are going to spook the horses and hurt a rider.
As many as 30 natives in a convoy - some wearing traditional garb and waving native flags - interrupted work at several turbine and substation construction sites. ...Josie Hernandez, spokesperson for NextEra, confirmed that the protest was motivated in part by her company's removal of an eagle's nest near Fisherville two weeks ago.
Ostrander Point is Crown Land (owned by the people of Ontario) situated within the globally significant Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area. Ontario allows wind turbines in IBAs; other countries such as Germany do not. The property, on a major bird and bat migration route and home to several endangered species, is arguably the worst location in the province for wind turbines.
“The hypocrisy of this provincial government is absolutely stunning. The timing of the approval announcement is another slap in the face for rural Ontario—the government is saying, we don’t care what people want, or what's right, we’re helping big business push this through.”
We strongly believe there are sound, science-based reasons for rejecting a wind power facility inside this Important Bird Area, and we intend to press for a reversal of this unfortunate decision during the current appeal period.
The Kruger Energy Port Alma (KEPA) is a 101.2-megawatt wind facility located on the north shore of Lake Erie, in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent (Ontario). The project consists of 44 Siemens 2.3 MW MK II Wind Turbines. The KEPA Wind Farm began operating in the fall 2008.