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.
Water Wells First is planning to hold a peaceful demonstration Thursday morning to protest the start of the North Kent 1 wind turbines. Group spokesperson Kevin Jakubec says loud pile driving began Wednesday morning at the site on Darrell Line. Jakubec insists that vibration from the pile driving is disturbing the local aquifer and contaminating well water with heavy metals. He says the area is too sensitive for the pile driving. “Large clangs that sounded like a church bell going . . .
LOWBANKS – While it was a celebration toasted with champagne, officials unveiling the Niagara Region Wind Farm still felt the need to defend their cause. Representatives from Boralex, Enercon and the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation all defended wind power and their new farm that straddles Haldimand County and the Niagara Region. The 77-turbine project, spanning properties in Lowbanks, Wainfleet, West Lincoln and Haldimand, will power over 76,000 homes. It is expected that the farm will power all . . .
A report that the provincial government has not been investigating wind turbine noise complains has led Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones to ask Premier Kathleen Wynne why. She and some of her Progressive Conservative colleagues brought the matter up in the legislature last week during Question Period, in light of a Global News report which stated the Minister of the Environment had ignored thousands of complaints between 2006 and 2014. “It’s no surprise to me to learn from Global that the minister . . .
DRESDEN – To put it politely, Theo Heuvelmans doesn’t believe the results of a yet-to-be-seen study that says there are no bats in a 36-acre woodlot on his property near here. As of Friday, Heuvelmans still hadn’t heard or received any information about what biologists found after they went through his woodlot several times last spring and summer ahead of the North Kent 1 industrial wind farm project which is about to be built nearby by Samsung Renewable Energy and . . .
Not that the debate needed any more fuel, but local opponents of wind turbines have been given just that. A recent Global News story revealed government officials failed to investigate, or deferred responding to, the majority of all noise and health complaints lodged against wind turbine operators in the province between 2006 and 2014. With that story fresh in his mind, Dutton Dunwich Mayor Cameron McWilliam called on Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) . . .
Theo Heuvelmans pulls no punches when it comes to his opinion about industrial wind turbines – he doesn’t like them. The main reason is his concern about the impact the wind turbines being constructed for the North Kent 1 Wind Farm project – in the Chatham and Dover Township areas of Chatham-Kent – will have on the wildlife that inhabits the 36-acre woodlot that is part of his home property near Dresden. So last year, when a representative from AECOM . . .
POINTE AU BARIL – Owners of the Moose Lake Trading Post and Lodge were before township council asking to buy the Highway 69 road allowance in a bid to stop a high-voltage power line from passing by their home and business. Once Highway 400 is extended, Anne and Rich Kaster said they’ll shut down with the businesses expected to be left on a small service road. They are considering staying to live on the property, but even that is in jeopardy . . .
Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has confronted Premier Kathleen Wynne after reports that less than a third of complaints involving industrial wind turbines were ever followed up. Thompson wants to know why the province chose to ignore thousands of complaints. She says she and her colleagues are also concerned with other issues including case files being closed with no action, improper measurements ignored, and refusing a moratorium on new wind projects. Thompson asked the premier directly why the minister of . . .
A legal battle is brewing between Loyalist Township and a landowner on Amherst Island who is upset that the plan to build a wind energy project includes burying a cable on his property. Martin Hauschild owns more than 41 hectares (about 100 acres) of land along the South Shore Road. As its name suggests, the narrow, gravel South Shore Road travels along the southern edge of the east half of the island. The plan by Algonquin Power’s subsidiary Windlectic Inc. . . .
The environmental assessment for a massive wind farm project in Dutton-Dunwich is already underway, but the community’s mayor says it’s not too late to stop the development. The provincial government is continuing to investigate the Strong Breeze project, a 57.5-megawatt network proposed by the Chicago-based Invenergy in the municipality of 4,000, just west of London. Eighty-four per cent of the municipality’s residents voted against the project in a referendum last year, declaring the community an unwilling host for wind turbines. . . .