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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 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 23, 2022 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

County council rezones land for one ABO wind turbine, but will hold public hearing before approving two more turbine locations

Vulcan County council has rezoned a piece of land for a wind turbine that’s part of the ABO Wind’s 500-megawatt project in the Lomond area, but council will hear from the public before rezoning another two wind turbine locations. Under provincial legislation, Vulcan County has to rezone three pieces of land for the wind turbines after the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) approved the entire Buffalo Plains wind farm in February, including the land locations for the three turbines presented to . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2022 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise opponents left twisting in the wind at EOHU Cornwall office

Two fierce opponents of the controversial Nation Rise Wind Farm in North Stormont were surprised Thursday morning to find out an Eastern Ontario Health Unit board meeting they wanted to attend had been cancelled. Surprised, but not that surprised, agreed Ruby Mekker – spokesperson for the group opposed to the windmills – and Tammy McRae, a former municipal politician in North Stormont, who travelled to Cornwall and to the EOHU headquarters on Sydney Street hoping to be a part of . . . Complete story »

May 27, 2022 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

2 candidates show to discuss well water issues

Dave Lusk really misses his well. Dug in 1965, the well at his Greenvalley Line farm supplied pure, cold water for some 53 years before it failed in 2018. Lusk believes the well was spoiled as the direct result of the impact of wind turbines on the aquifer. “This is green energy,” said Lusk, “but if it takes away something as important as our water…is it really that green?” Lusk is among the property owners who banded together as part . . . Complete story »

May 20, 2022 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

More work to do to end well water saga in CK

Ontario’s Ministry of Health is clearing up some local questions about a recent investigation into turbid private well water in North Kent. Ministry Spokesperson Bill Campbell tells CK News Today the province plans to conduct further analysis of the collected data, including review by medical experts and additional monitoring through sampling and testing as needed, including bacteriological testing. Former Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby had questioned why there was no medical expert or doctor on the panel . . . Complete story »

May 17, 2022 • Ontario, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Unintended consequence: Wind turbines are impacting the health of Ontarians

There is a real possibility of a future with hundreds of Industrial Wind Turbines (IWTs) surrounding the greater Ottawa area. Quite a picture. Let me tell you a story. I live in the small community of North Stormont, just south of Ottawa. I have lived and worked in the Ottawa area for 25 years. The call of a rural life was strong when I bought our home in this peaceful community. I had hoped to retire here. I loved it . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2022 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario energy grid emissions set to skyrocket 400% as Ford government forced to crank up the gas

Ontario has some of the world’s cleanest electricity. When the wind is blowing strong enough, the entire province can be powered without producing any carbon emissions – the product of an unprecedented push to end our dependence on coal. But that’s about to change. Over the next two decades, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Ontario’s energy grid are set to skyrocket more than 400 per cent as the province cranks up the dial on its underused fleet of natural gas plants. . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2022 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Perth County council to consider amendment to allow townships to nix wind turbines

“I would like us to amend the official plan so it does not allow wind turbines, and (that we) do it right now,” Deputy Warden and Perth East Mayor Rhonda Ehgoetz said following Howard’s presentation. “I don’t think we want to wait until the (county’s) new official plan comes out because I think something could happen between now and then. Personally, I would like to see staff start working on that … (and) if there’s something simple and easy that we could put in there to stop them, I think that’s where we should go. Complete story »

April 7, 2022 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Water Wells First member slams new report

An investigation into the effect wind turbines have had on local water wells has failed to meet the expectations of a founding member of the citizen group Water Wells First. Kevin Jakubec called the Ministry of Health’s All-Hazards Investigation of Well Water in Chatham-Kent a “bait and switch” and accused the Ontario government of reneging on its commitment to conduct a proper Health Hazard Investigation. He also expressed frustration that certain areas of the municipality were not included in the . . . Complete story »

April 6, 2022 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Well water investigation report falls short, say property owners

A long-awaited investigation into the impact of the construction and operation of the North Kent Wind farm on area water wells has fell short of what two members of the Water Wells First group were expecting. Jessica Brooks, whose family has been hauling water to their home for the last five years, said she appreciates the 22-page All-Hazards Investigation of Well Water in Chatham report, released Monday, notes the situation with the wells has worsened since the turbines were built . . . Complete story »

April 5, 2022 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Potential for water well interference caused by North Kent Wind farm, low participation prompts call for more sampling

The report also concluded a comparison of the results generated by Englobe’s work with those in the baseline assessment “strongly suggest a significant deterioration in general well water quality within the study area between 2017 and 2021. “This result is certainly consistent with well water interference having occurred within the study area since 2017, potentially due to construction and/or operation of the North Kent wind turbines,” added the report. Complete story »

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