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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


June 30, 2020 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

We do not consent

An open letter to: Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey, Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek. In September 2019, residents of North Stormont Township and abutting townships sent Eastern Ontario Health Unit medical officer of health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, as well as the premier, the attorney general, the ministers of health, environment, and energy a notice of non-consent. It was signed by people of all ages— children and adults. The people do not consent to any . . . Complete story »


June 27, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine project to proceed after citizens, minister, choose not to appeal judge’s ruling

CORNWALL – The Concerned Citizens of North Stormont, the main group opposing EDP Renewables’ Nation Rise Wind Project, has decided not to appeal the Ontario Divisional Court’s decision to reinstate the project’s Renewable Energy Approval. “After considering all of our options, this was the best possible outcome for CCNS,” said Margaret Benke, a representative of the group. “It is not our first choice since we have challenged the project for the past five years, but it is a realistic outcome, given . . . Complete story »


June 19, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Minister and Concerned Citizens of North Stormont will not appeal court’s Nation Rise decision

NORTH STORMONT – The local group that tried to stop the Nation Rise Wind Farm has dropped their fight and won’t pursue a court appeal, clearing the way for the developer to resume construction on the partially completed half-billion-dollar project without the looming threat of an unresolved legal battle. The Concerned Citizens of North Stormont (CCNS) also report in a press release this morning that the Ministry of the Attorney General has indicated that Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and . . . Complete story »


June 17, 2020 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine neighbour writes that he ‘deserves and requires answers and help’ on his well water issues

This was my recent letter to the mayor of North Stormont. Mayor Wert, I’d very much like an update on what is going on with my contaminated well water. It’s been a very long time since you attended my home on November 19th, 2019, as per the direction of MPP Jim McDonell, assuring me my well water issues would be looked after in front of my partner and three important friends also in attendance at my home that Friday evening – . . . Complete story »


June 17, 2020 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Decline in residential property values will hurt Nation Rise Wind Farm leaseholders, too

This is an updated open letter to the leaseholders of North Stormont, landowner participants in Nation Rise Wind Farm. Were you aware that: • North Stormont has marginal and unreliable wind yet EDPR expects to be paid a profit by Ontario regardless, even though Ontario has excess capacity already. • Wind Turbines are bad for the environment. They require new gas plants for backup as Water turbines and nuclear are throttled back because of excess capacity and cannot respond quickly . . . Complete story »


June 4, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

North Stormont throws in towel in wind farm case

BERWICK – It appears that most of North Stormont council’s members have thrown in the towel when it comes to opposing the Nation Rise Wind Farm project, opting instead to move forward with the project’s developer EDP Renewables. The majority of council, 4-1, voted against a motion presented by Coun. Roxane Villeneuve during a May 27 council meeting that would have labeled the township as an unwilling host of the project. Council has, twice before, approved a resolution indicating it was . . . Complete story »


May 29, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

To appeal or not to appeal: COVID-19 crisis buys province time to decide next move on Nation Rise

NORTH STORMONT – The COVID-19 crisis has delivered a dose of extra time for Jeff Yurek and the province’s legal machinery to consider appealing the May 13 court decision reviving the Nation Rise Wind Farm project in this rural township. The Ontario Superior Court (Divisional Court) ruled May 13 that Yurek, the Environment, Conservation and Parks minister, was wrong in revoking the project’s prior approval in December 2019 – a decision that stilled construction on the partially completed $450-million, 29-turbine development. In . . . Complete story »


May 27, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

North Stormont Council loses appetite for continued Nation Rise battle, sees developer as ‘partner’

BERWICK – Should the province appeal a recent court decision that reinstated approval for the Nation Rise wind project, it won’t be at the urging of North Stormont Council. In a 4-1 vote, the majority rejected Councillor Roxane Villeneuve’s proposed resolution calling on Environment, Conservation and Parks Minister Jeff Yurek to appeal his ministry’s May 13 loss in Divisional Court and reaffirming the township’s status as an “unwilling host” of the 29-turbine Nation Rise development. With a prepared statement early in . . . Complete story »


May 15, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise developers prevail in court; Minister was “unreasonable” in cancelling project

BERWICK – Decried by opponents and celebrated by the developer, the Ontario Superior Court (Divisional Court) has reinstated Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for the 29-turbine Nation Rise Wind Farm in the Township of North Stormont, quashing the Environment minister’s abrupt cancellation of the 100-megawatt, $450-million project. EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. (EDPR) had appealed the December 2018 decision by Ontario Environment, Parks and Conservation Minister Jeff Yurek revoking the project’s REA. The minister had cited protection of bat species in his surprise . . . Complete story »


May 15, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario court strikes down move by Ford government to cancel massive wind farm project

An Ontario court has struck down a move by the provincial government to kill the partly-built Nation Rise Wind Farm southeast of Ottawa, quashing Environment Minister Jeff Yurek’s decision last year to block the project over his concerns about endangered bats. In its ruling, the Ontario Divisional Court said Mr. Yurek’s decision last December was “not reasonable,” and did not “meet the requirements of transparency, justification, and intelligibility.” Instead of returning the matter to the minister for reconsideration, the court . . . Complete story »


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