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Wind Power News: Ontario


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

April 28, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Landowners have uncertainty, concerns regarding potential impact of wind turbines on water wells

Wallaceburg Coun. Jeff Wesley wants residents in north Chatham-Kent concerned about the impact of wind turbines on their water wells to get answers. Municipal council recently backed a motion brought by Wesley to have Mayor Randy Hope send a letter to Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, requesting the MOECC provide some expertise on this matter. Wesley told The Chatham Daily News on Thursday that to be clear, this has nothing to do with the North Kent 1 . . .

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April 26, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Municipality asks the minister of environment to ‘get involved’

The municipality of Chatham-Kent has reached out to the minister of environment and climate change in regards to local water wells. During a council meeting Monday night, Councillor Jeff Wesley read out a letter sent from Mayor Randy Hope to Minister Glen Murray. Councillor Jeff Wesley was originally set to bring a motion to council Monday night to send the letter, but seeing as it had already gotten support from the mayor and MPP Monte McNaughton, the letter was sent . . .

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April 25, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra probes blade damage

NextEra Energy Canada is investigating a damaged blade on a turbine at its 73.5MW Bornish wind farm in Ontario. A spokesman for the company said no one was injured by the damage, which occurred on 20 April. All other turbines are “operating normally”, he added. The project in Middlesex County features GE 1.6MW 100 hardware and has been operational since 2014.

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April 21, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

MPP Smith asks minister to uphold ERT process on wind turbine project

Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith has asked the province’s Environment Minister to ensure the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) process under way in Prince Edward County, is respected. “On multiple occasions in the House, you have answered questions regarding the actions of the mega multi-national energy corporation wpd and its attempt to construct energy installations both in my riding and that of my colleague, the member from Simcoe-Grey. During those interactions, you have emphatically stated your intent to ensure the . . .

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April 19, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

MPP Thompson urges Minister for Environment to shut off wind turbines

After hearing the news that wind turbines 45 minutes from Seaforth exceeded the acceptable level of noise, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson spoke with “her heart” when she asked Glen Murray, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change to shut the operation down. After waiting for two years, a pair of families from Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh received their results April 7 and Thompson said that essentially an indication from 11 out of the 20 measurements were noted as out of compliance and above . . .

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April 19, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Group wants answers on possible ‘gag contracts’

A citizen group concerned about the impact a planned industrial wind farm will have on groundwater is calling on the developer to reveal whether it will seek ‘gag contracts’ from those leasing land where turbines will be constructed. Water Wells First has posted a waiver and release agreement online at www.waterwellsfirst.org that it says those leasing land to Samsung Energy and Pattern Energy for the South Kent Wind farm were required to sign, which includes a confidentiality clause in the . . .

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April 18, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

WPD intends to continue clearing vegetation in absence of final decision

wpd Canada has notified the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) it intends to proceed with clearing vegetation this week of the White Pines project on the County’s south shore. The industrial wind turbine developer sent an email to the ERT late Thursday, before the long weekend, stating its intention to begin clearing of vegetation in areas other than those identified as Blandings turtle habitat, beginning Wednesday, April 19. In absence of a final decision on the project, wpd also asked the . . .

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April 15, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Alliance claims land clearing to begin

A volunteer Prince Edward County organization fighting to stop a big wind turbine project believes the hopeful wind farm developers are jumping the gun on the project. In an email sent in the midday Good Friday, The Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County says WPD, the company hoping to build a 27 turbine industrial wind farm on the county’s south shore, sent an e mail to the Evironmental Review Tribunal stating it intended to start clearing land, except for land . . .

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April 14, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario pays $28-million awarded to wind company over offshore wind moratorium

TORONTO – The Ontario government says it has paid a $28-million award that a NAFTA tribunal ruled was owed to a wind power company over a provincial offshore wind moratorium. Windstream Energy had a 300-megawatt project planned in eastern Ontario when the provincial government abruptly enacted the moratorium in February 2011. The company took its complaint to a NAFTA tribunal that partially ruled in Windstream’s favour, awarding it about $25 million in damages for unfair and inequitable treatment as well . . .

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April 13, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

‘I just want someone to do something’ says Chatham-Kent man without well water

When Theresa and Lorne Pumfrey bought their home on Bush Line, water was the last thing on their mind. The small home on less than an acre had a well which had worked well for years. But last June, contractors set up about 900 meters from their home and started building a meteorological tower for the North Kent One Wind Farm. That’s when things started changing, according to Lorne. First, he says, the water was cloudy. They had the Ministry . . .

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