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.
The North Kent Wind Project is starting preliminary foundation work and that isn’t sitting too well with at least one local activist. Preliminary work includes limited piling activity at two turbine locations and vibration monitoring as required by the Ministry of the Environment. However, Water Wells First Spokesperson Kevin Jakubec says the developers aren’t doing anything more than what’s required. “These were actual requirements that were placed upon Samsung…through the REA process,” says Jakubec. Full construction is expected to begin . . .
Saugeen Shores councillors believe only an independent, parallel acoustic audit will determine if the UNIFOR turbine in Port Elgin is operating in compliance with government standards. Councillors unanimously asked for a third-party review at the March 13 committee of the whole meeting, and directed staff to negotiate with UNIFOR to allow Town testing when UNIFOR conducts an acoustic audit of the turbine this spring. Over 350 local residents have filed complaints with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change . . .
Saugeen Shores council is once again taking aim at the Unifor wind turbine. Council passed a resolution seeking to hire a third-party to conduct parallel testing when the union carries out an acoustic audit this spring of its wind turbine, located at its family education centre at the south end of Port Elgin. Mayor Mike Smith says there’s ongoing frustration with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change over inaction toward the turbine, pointing hundreds of complaints have been filed . . .
The developers of the Otter Creek Wind Farm Project are taking a proactive step to address concerns raised in the community regarding the potential impact wind turbine construction can have on water wells. In announcing its Renewable Energy Approval (REA) application has been submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, a partner in the project, Boralex, issued a media notice that it plans to voluntarily test water wells within one kilometre of key project infrastructure, specifically wind turbines, . . .
Baseline water well testing being conducted for well owners in the North Kent Wind 1 wind turbine project area has members of Water Wells First very concerned. At a press conference recently, WWF spokesperson Kevin Jakubec showed the media results of the well testing done by wind farm consultant AECOM on the well water of Larry Meyerink, whose property is in the project area. The report back from AECOM to Meyerink said his well water exceeded Ontario Drinking Water Standard . . .
MILLHAVEN – Fears of water and soil contamination are driving opposition to a request to use a property along Lake Ontario for part of the Amherst Island wind energy project. Invista is seeking permission to change the certificate of property use for land on the south side of Bath Road for the laying of underground cable to transmit electricity to a switch station, and the use of an existing access road to transport materials to and from a temporary mainland dock. . . .
TORONTO – Involving community members in wind-farm planning and ensuring nearby residents benefit from turbines would go a long way toward winning local buy-in for such projects, a new Canadian study concludes. The study, published in a recent edition of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, notes that fast-paced development and limits on local decision-making has resulted in strong opposition to wind projects. Those objections can be mitigated by the fair distribution and amount of area benefits, the authors write. . . .
More work should be done to determine the local and regional populations of the little brown bat before wind turbines are allowed to be constructed. hat was the opinion of two bat experts brought in by Preserve Clearview during a Feb. 28 remedy hearing for WPD Canada’s proposed eight-turbine Fairview Wind project in Clearview Township. The Environmental Review Tribunal ruled in October the proposed 500-foot-tall turbines, west of Stayner, posed a risk to pilots flying at the Collingwood Regional Airport . . .
COLLINGWOOD – Citizen scientists have proven beyond a doubt there is a population of endangered little brown bats in the area where wpd Canada Inc. plans to erect eight 500-foot wind turbines. Evidence from three bat biologists was presented at the Feb. 28 appeal hearing of the Environmental Review Tribunal chaired by Dirk Vander Bent with panel member Hugh Wilkins in the Collingwood council chamber Feb. 28. Witness and bat ecologist Sarah Mainguy said building turbines on the Clearview Township . . .
Chatham-Kent Councillor Jeff Wesley is threatening legal action if he doesn’t receive a public apology from Water Wells First Spokesperson Kevin Jakubec. Wesley has retained a lawyer and wants Jakubec to retract “defamatory comments” that have been made towards the councilor. The comments stem from a “shame award” that was presented to Wesley in the form of a Pinocchio statue, by the group Water Wells First. Kacubec announced last week that the statue would be presented to Wesley, and made . . .