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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
After the failure of an Opposition private member’s bill to stop wind turbine developments in unwilling host communities, the Tories are pressing the Liberal government on turbine noise. In an exchange in the Legislature Wednesday, Huron-Bruce Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson accused the government of ignoring its own research. The testing took two years, and results released April 7th confirm noise from turbines located near two rural Huron-Bruce properties goes beyond provincial regulations. Thompson criticized Environment and Climate change Minister . . .
Couple seeks help on wind turbine concerns; Kincardine residents want new tests done on Enbridge project
Kincardine couple is seeking Council support in their quest to have the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to investigate noise emissions from the Enbridge Wind turbines on Concession 6. Norma and Ron Schmidt have had to move from their home due to health related issues they say are associated with infrasound from the nearby wind turbines. Rachel Thompson, spokesperson for the Central Bruce-Grey Wind Concerns Group, says the project began in 2009 and they still don’t know if . . .
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is disappointed that another PC Motion in the Legislature – one that called on the government to stop forcing Industrial Wind Turbine developments on unwilling host communities – was defeated in a recorded vote by the Liberals. The motion, which was introduced by Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP Sam Oosterhoff, stated that: ” the Government should place a moratorium on the installation of industrial wind turbines in unwilling host communities in the Province of Ontario.” According to Thompson, . . .