Articles filed under Impact on Landscape from Canada
Given its natural beauty, why would anyone want to erect 43 steel towers on this landscape? According to the Manitoulin Coalition for Safe Energy Alternatives, the wind turbines destined for McLean's Mountain will be 26 stories high. ...An industrial-scale wind turbine installation does not suit this landscape.
There is not an ill wind blowing around Algoma country these days, but there sure is something horrible trying to capture that wind. Under the guise of green and renewable energy, wind turbines are set to make their presence known on the north shore of Lake Superior -from Heyden to Wawa.
Wind turbine companies have signed leases in the areas surrounding Stratford, Mitchell, Sebringville and St. Marys and are currently canvassing Fullarton and Hibbert wards. Once leases are signed, our neighbourhoods will become what every other community with turbines have become: divided, neighbour against neighbour, communities split because of secrecy and fear of the health problems that develop.
Ontario has become a "free for all" for wind farm corporations from all over north America. These companies are being handed our province on a silver platter to erect massive turbines without being accountable for what happens after they've been erected - and our provincial government has no way of holding them accountable.
Keith Stelling lives on Arran Lake and relishes in being a proponent of NIMBYism - Not in My Back Yard. And it's for a good reason, he says. "My backyard is worth protecting. I feel I have a responsibility to protect the heritage of our children and grandchildren. It's going to be destroyed if we let this go ahead," said Stelling, who spent three years studying the flora and fauna of the Arran Lake area.
The potential impacts to the shipping, recreational and fishing industries and risks to fresh water quality, fish habitat and the ecosystem generally must outweigh the marginal value of this "green" energy. The public cannot even weigh these factors because to date these entrepreneurs masquerading as environmental advocates have repeatedly refused to provide basic balance sheet information about any single turbine.
Wind turbines in particular are being splashed across the countryside because, like the 1898 Yukon Gold Rush, there's lots of gold in them thar' wind turbines. Yet, are they as green as the promoters -- including the provincial government -- would have us suppose?
Queen said the five-kilometre ban on wind turbines is just a proposal. He said opponents to offshore wind turbines south of Kingsville and Leamington thought they had a total ban in 2006, but the provincial government lifted it in 2008. With the extra cost to build turbines out in the lake, Queen said we don't need them. "Just because you call it green doesn't necessarily make it good."
Wind turbines will destroy the local landscape, the organization says, adding they will also severely damage property values. As well, the turbines will be seen and heard for miles, the organization says, noting there is mounting evidence the turbines contribute to negative health effects in some people.
In Ontario alone there are 115 known and documented reports of residents suffering adverse health effects from wind installations and there are less than 700 turbines in operation. Not very good odds are they? Add to this that problems are seriously underreported due to gag clause restrictions, fear of property devaluation when one speaks publicly, fear of loss of privacy if reporting, and fear of upsetting community harmony.
The supporters of residential wind turbines have clearly accepted the sacrifice of the few for the benefit of the many. Colette McLean and her neighbours are that few. They are the collateral damage in the green war. And unfortunately, there is also a war of ideas which forces them to swim like salmon up the backwards current of public opinion.
"There is a lot of work to be done," says Joyce McLean, Toronto Hydro's director of strategic issues. "We're talking four or five years before we'd see any wind turbines here." ...Wind is not lacking. But support for this project may be harder to locate. Ms. McLean confesses that, "We have some very vocal opponents, and we were surprised at the velocity of their opposition."
Residents attending a meeting called by Ward 16 Coun. Dave Marsh didn't mince words when expressing their frustration and concerns over wind turbine projects proposed for the Bethany and Pontypool areas. ...a number of people left the Manvers Community Centre when representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Infrastucture spoke, while others interrupted the presentation to express their anger and frustration with the process.
An offshore wind development of 500 to 800 turbines is in the early planning stages for the waters off Long Point according to Dr. Scott Petrie, executive director of Long Point Waterfowl. Another development is planned for the east side of Long Point, off Turkey Point. Among Petrie's many concerns are the growing number of turbines could affect waterfowl.
More than 20 delegates were on hand Tuesday, April 27, afternoon to share their thoughts about Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie's motion requesting city council ask the provincial and federal governments not to "industrialize" any crown lands or adjacent waterways along the Scarborough Bluffs. The goal of the motion was to prevent a wind farm from being erected offshore in Lake Ontario.
The ex-Kingstonians planning to erect 60 to 90 wind turbines west of Wolfe Island in the waters of Lake Ontario have pegged the price of the project at $1.5 billion. ...If approvals from various provincial and federal departments go according to schedule, the company will order the turbines two years from now and install the foundations a year later.
They don't want them and they'll do everything they can to prevent more of them from coming. Neighbours, landowners and local citizens gathered at the Armow Community Hall Tuesday to protest Acciona Energy's proposed Armow Wind Power Project. The group greeted many of the approximate 100 visitors to the company's open house.
But there are many unanswered questions on these projects. First off, the government doesn't have any regulations pertaining to offshore wind projects. It begs the question: why has the government approved a project for which it admits regulations must be created. This creates an unfair process.
Now a new community-level movement is arising in Michigan and across the Great Lakes region. This time, established green groups may be separating themselves from it. As Michigan and other state and provincial agencies move to authorize wind farms in the Great Lakes, enviros outside the affected communities are not likely to join offshore wind opponents in any significant numbers.
City council voted Monday night to endorse a March 8 motion by Amherstburg council that calls on provincial and federal politicians and ministries to look into "the potential impact that offshore wind turbines might have on water quality, human health, along with animal and plant life." Amherstburg's resolution was endorsed by county council earlier this month.