[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Council refuses to sign road use agreement  

Credit:  County of Lambton successfully argued case for party status in ERT hearing, county solicitor confirms | By Barbara Simpson, Sarnia Observer | Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | www.lfpress.com ~~

Lambton County councillors continued to take a stand against local industrial wind farm development Wednesday, refusing to sign a road use agreement with a large wind developer.

NextEra Energy officials tried to appeal to county councillors at their Wednesday meeting, urging them to sign an agreement outlining the use of local roadways to deliver electricity to the grid from the company’s planned 92-turbine Jericho Wind project.

“As you are aware, a road use agreement is not mandatory,” said NextEra official Derek Dudek, noting the company will have “no alternative” but to continue to proceed with its application before the Ontario Energy Board if the county refused to sign the agreement.

The board recently approved the wind developer’s plans to build a substation and more than 15 kilometres of transmission lines for the Jericho project.

While nearby landowners have expressed several concerns about the installation of the infrastruction, Dudek said the current draft road use agreement “addressed all questions raised.”

NextEra Energy has also brought forward several benefits for the county in the road use agreement, he told council. Some of these benefits include the company’s commitment to moving infrastructure with the eventual widening of Thomson Line, compensation to the tune of between $800,000 and $1.2 million, and up to $50,000 for the county’s phragmite reduction program.

Local anti-wind activist Audrey Broer, who was in attendance, described the company’s presentation as “a threat-slash-bribery.”

She said she remains “very proud” of council for standing their ground on the road use agreement.

County councillors recently voted in favour of joining an appeal of a recent Ministry of the Environment decision involving the Jericho Wind Project.

Parties are expected to argue that the planned wind farm will cause “serious harm” to the health of humans and animals.

Lambton County was recently successful in becoming a party in the case, county solicitor David Cribbs reported to council Wednesday.

Middlesex resident Bob Lewis launched the appeal, but members of We’re Against Industrial Turbines – Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW) and another individual have come on as a participant and a presenter respectively.

“We’re very proud that the county has backed its status as an unwilling host and I know there is some risk when it comes to awarding costs, but they are doing very, very important work and are one of the few counties who has taken it on,” said Broer, who is a WAIT-PW member.

The hearing before the Environmental Review Tribunal is expected to start in Parkhill June 26.

Source:  County of Lambton successfully argued case for party status in ERT hearing, county solicitor confirms | By Barbara Simpson, Sarnia Observer | Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | www.lfpress.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate

Share:


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

Wind Watch on Facebook

Follow Wind Watch on Twitter