Monthly Archives: March 2012

Community Info Meeting on Wind/Solar developments: Kettle-Stony Point

Community Information Meeting on Wind/Solar developments: Kettle-Stony Point

Members of the Chippewas and Kettle and Stony Point First Nation are invited to attend this meeting:

Date:    March 31st, 2012 
Time:  11:00AM-1:00PM
Place:   Hillside School Gymnasium

Wind Turbines outside of Kettle and Stony point below. Shadow flicker, noise and stray voltage are reported by residents nearby.

Join April 3rd UN-FiT PROTEST in Toronto!!

Recent FiT changes are an insult to rural Ontario
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Gather@11:30    Speakers@12:00     March@12:30
   

Dalton’s benefactors are coming to Toronto to the FIT Forum.  The multinational wind energy companies benefiting from excessive Liberal government subsidies and lax regulation will be at the Feed’in Trough (FIT), with their plans to transform the landscape, the community vibrancy and homes of rural Ontario into an immense wind ghetto.    

In response, Rural Ontario is planning a massive protest. 

Directions:  Simcoe Park on Front Street, beside CBC building, opposite Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MAP) where the FIT Convention is being held.  From the main lobby of Union Station (look for signs to railway and GoTrain station to get to main lobby), exit at Front Street, go west (left) on Front St. past York St.  and Lower Simcoe St.  Simcoe Park is about 300 meters further west right next to the CBC building on the north side of Front St.

Take a coach from: 
Strathroy, London:   $30.00 – Contact  windactiongroup@gmail.com
Grand Bend, Exeter: $30.00 – Contact Dave at dgriffi1661@rogers.com or call 519-660-1152

Wind turbines not answer

London Free Press Letters

Regarding Ezra Levant’s column It ain’t feasible being green (March 20).

Though it is indisputable our provincial and federal governments need to start seriously implementing green initiatives, I agree Premier Dalton McGuinty is barking up the wrong tree with his plan to spend billions on wind turbines.

Our dependence on fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy sources is unhealthy and will undoubtedly lead our environment to its tipping point, but covering our province with wind turbines is not the answer. Wind turbines provide an esthetically pleasing presence of green power, but technology restrictions don’t allow them to produce a feasible amount of energy.

McGuinty plans to install these turbines in areas that would directly threaten bird migratory patterns, cause increased bat mortality and threaten native wetlands, which provide us invaluable ecosystem processes such as the sequestering of C02 emissions.

Our province needs to invest in efficient power sources such as nuclear and hydro energy to meet our energy demands. If McGuinty truly wants to make a difference for the environment, he should focus on preserving our wetlands, rather than destroying them to make way for flashy wind turbines.

Alden Crossman
London

Hey NextEra: share that wind turbine ‘tele-townhall’ transcript?

At the beginning of February this year NextEra decided to do a “tele-townhall” in the Adelaide region to query residents about the 38 wind turbine project they are proposing for the area. They called random numbers in the area and had their ‘experts’ on the line to reassure the community that all will be safe and good. Problem was, they weren’t treated kindly by the locals that night – at all– not the sort of conversation they want to brag about! NextEra ended up strategically asking an innocent ‘poll’ to get rid of anyone against the turbines:

Are you in favor of wind turbines in your area?
Hit 1 for yes, 2 for no, 3 for undecided, and 4 for more information.
If you wished to ask a question- hit *3.

 Note: if you answered 2 (no) you were cut off and if you called back you could only leave a message.   

A resident who had been conveniently cut off from listening and the discussion e-mailed NextEra afterwards and asked that they send her a transcript as she wasn’t able to hear the rest of the conversation:

Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 10:01 PM
To: ADELAIDE-WIND
Subject: Conference call? 

You had a conference call at 7 PM tonight will no warning it called my home and was just on. I was cut off about 15mins in, and wondered if you had the transcripts of this conversation? As it was in my area I would like to of heard more. I couldn’t get back on.

The report would be greatly needed and a heads up for Q & A’s next time would be nice. An email letting me know one is coming even if it’s any project around southern Ont. Would be helpful in recording any questions I have a head of time.

Thanks for you time

****
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From: Dudek, Derek
To: ****
Subject: Adelaide – T2 Inquiry

Hello Ms. ****
Sorry about your problems with the telephone town hall we conducted. I will see about getting you a copy of the transcripts when they become available. I appreciate your comments regarding lack of notification regarding the call but it was a new technology we were trying out to reach the community and will be doing more engagement efforts in the future. As always, don’t hesitate to ask questions at any time to myself and we will work to get you the answers from our team.

FYI – We are currently looking into your previous inquiry re: the location of your vacant lot receptor and hope to get back to you shortly.

Thanks,

Derek Dudek| Community Relations Consultant
NextEra EnergyCanada, ULC
5500 North Service Road,Burlington,ONL7L 6W6
O:905.335.4904 x18 f:905.335.5731
Mobile- 519.318.0237
derek.dudek@nexteraenergy.com

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Attached to Derek’s e-mail was this big OOOPS! (damn, eh Derek and Josie? NextEra: the company of the hush hush, let ‘er leak.)

From: Hernandez, Joselen On Behalf Of SharedMailbox, ADELAIDE-WIND
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 2:57 PM
To: Dudek, Derek; Greenhouse, Ben
Subject: FW: Conference call?

I had a feeling we’d hear from her…please see below. Until we hear the transcripts, I’d prefer not to share them. But we can certainly give her an overview of what was asked? Thoughts??

Josie Read the rest of this entry

Living beside a MASSIVE solar plant

Wind farm stirs up storm

PLYMPTON-WYOMING – Suncor Energy’s plan to build a 100 MW wind farm in Lambton County has the potential to divide the community, a Plympton-Wyoming councillor warns.

Opposition to the Cedar Point Wind Power Project is growing in the municipality, said Coun. Ron Schenk.

“As the news gets out, more and more people are realizing what’s happening,” he said.

Suncor has public meetings scheduled for April 18 at the Camlachie Community Centre, and April 19, at the Forest legion hall on Albert Street. Both meetings are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“There will be officials there from Suncor to respond to questions and look at the various maps and displays with people,” said Suncor spokesperson Michael Southern.

He said the company is just beginning the public consultation process required for provincial environmental approval of the project, which was awarded a 20-year Feed-in Tariff power purchase contract last July by the Ontario Power Authority.

A draft project report Suncor has posted on its website says the Cedar Point Wind Power Project will have up to 62 wind turbines in an area stretching from O’Brien Road, north of Highway 402, in Plympton-Wyoming to just west of Thedford in Lambton-Shores.

The report says construction could begin in June 2013, with the turbines operating by the following summer.

Schenk said he’s not a fan of the project or Ontario’s Green Energy Act.

“I don’t like it because of the way it divides the community,” Schenk said. “It makes winners and losers of people.”

The winners will be landowners paid for having a turbine on their property, and the losers will be their neighbours who have to live with the turbines without any compensation, he said. Read the rest of this entry

Husband of Adelaide Metcalfe CAO rages violently at woman as he heads into “closed door” meeting

Report from Adelaide Metcalfe,  March 20, 2012:  We came early- 5’oclock, just in case some councillors actually came early for the ‘preview’.  We wanted to make sure there wasn’t a quorum happening, as this closed door meeting general public was not allowed in between 5:30-6:00 – only landowners with leases and municipal council to ‘mingle’ (see letter below).  We took pictures of those who entered the building. 

The only one who really minded the camera was Adelaide Metcalfe ”sunshine list” Clerk / Admin/ Treasurer’s (Fran Urbshott) husband.   As the pictures attached show, Mr. Brian Urbshott came in, had his picture taken then hurled towards M. and swatted the camera out of her hand before it was away from her face— hence the pictures of the signs in a blur.

He said he was “going to shove the camera (*censored*)”.  He came back at her two more times, reaching out and and smacking at the camera and yelling loudly at her.

The last time his wife grabbed him from behind by the belt and pulled him away. You can see her holding him off in the last picture.  Notice the Security guard hired by Suncor.  He just stood there and watched. 

 So…why was Mr. Urbshott so upset?  Why all the secrecy at this closed door meeting?  Why was the husband of the CAO allowed into a meeting where the public was banned?

 

Closed door meeting with landowners/Councilors:

MPP’s hear concerns over wind and green energy

McNaughton hosts townhall meeting

By Alana Power Strathroy Age Dispatch

Since being elected as Member of Provincial Parliament for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, Monte McNaughton has continually heard from constituents regarding their concerns over wind turbines and green energy.

In order to address these concerns and hear from the members of his riding in person, McNaughton hosted a Wind Turbine and Green Energy Townhall Meeting at Amy’s Place in Strathroy on Monday, March 12.

The banquet hall was packed, with over 300 people in attendance. Also attending the meeting were MPP’s Vic Fedeli, the Progressive Conservative Critic for Energy, Bob Bailey, Rick Nicholls and Lisa Thompson.

Speaking on behalf of the Wind Action Group, a group “opposed to aggressive wind turbine development,” Rose Keunan raised the issue of decommissioning the wind turbines once their life span is finished.

“We want reassurance that there will be sufficient funds to remove the turbines,” Keunan said.

Richard Wakefield, who runs the blog Ontario Wind Performance, spoke out against the turbines.

Wakefield voiced the opinions he states on his blog, challenging the statements that wind is a viable source of power, that wind can replace other sources of energy. Read the rest of this entry

Adelaide Suncor project company ‘info’ meeting- 28 IWTs

Another date to mark on your calendar. This is the FOURTH wind company to hold a ‘public meeting’ at Adelaide W.G. MacDonald school. I shouldn’t count…

Date: March 20
Time: 6-9 pm
Place: Adelaide W.G. MacDonald Public School, 29059 School Rd., Strathroy MAP

http://www.suncor.com/pdf/Notice_of_Public_Meeting_Feb2012.pdf

Project Name: Suncor Energy Adelaide Wind Power Project
Project Location: Municipality of Adelaide Metcalfe, County of Middlesex
Dated at the Municipality of Adelaide Metcalfe this the 17th of February, 2012 Read the rest of this entry

NextEra’s favourite word: EXPROPRIATION

Summerhaven Wind Project approved by province
Announcement for the 59-unit installation near Jarvis came Friday
By MONTE SONNENBERG, QMI Agency

HALDIMAND COUNTY – An appeal is planned now that the Summerhaven wind turbine project near Jarvis has received provincial approval.

Approval for the 59-unit installation was announced Friday. The next step in the process is a 15-day appeal period. Monday, a representative of Haldimand Wind Concerns said her group is consulting with a lawyer.

“We’ll know more in a few days,” says Betty Ortt of Jarvis, secretary of Haldimand Wind Concerns. “I can’t say anything more than that. The support we need right now is financial.”

Sponsor of the Summerhaven project is NextEra Energy Canada. If the $270 million project moves ahead, turbines will be clustered around Jarvis and Rainham Centre. Josie Hernandez, spokesperson for NextEra, says the industry in Ontario considers an appeal to the Ministry of the Environment to be standard procedure.

“Our approach now is wait-and-see,” she said Monday. “We understand this is something we have to contend with.”

If the turbines arrive, they will not be popular.

Haldimand Wind Concerns and its 200 members have been spreading the word for more than a year that turbines will lower property values, blight the landscape, pose a threat to wildlife and produce power at a price – 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour – that is not conducive to job creation.

“We already have so much excess power,” Ortt said. “We in Ontario already have to pay our neighbours to take our power when we have a surplus. That’s such a waste of ratepayers’ money.”

Jarvis-area Coun. Leroy Bartlett, Ward One’s representative on Haldimand council, confirmed there is stiff opposition to the Summerhaven project. He also confirmed that some landowners are refusing NextEra an easement for transmission lines and may ultimately be forced to co-operate through provincial orders.

“We take legal action if we have to,” Hernandez said. “It’s not something we want to do, but unfortunately it is an option for us.”

Read the rest of this entry

Cedar Point – Suncor Public Meeting April 18 & 19

Notice of a proposal and public meeting

by Suncor Energy Products Inc. to Engage in a Renewable Energy Project

Project Name: Suncor Energy Cedar Point Wind Power Project  www.suncor.com/cedarpointwind

Project Location: Town of Plympton Wyoming, Lambton County also Lambton ShoresDated at the town of Plympton-Wyoming and Lambton Shores March 17th, 2012  

Suncor Energy Products Inc. is planning to engage in the renewable energy project in respect of which the issuance of a  Renewable Energy Approval (REA) is required. The distribution of this Notice of Proposal and Public Meeting and the Project itself, are subject to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act of Ontario (Act) Part v.0.1 and the Ontario Regulation 35/09 (Regulation). This notice is being distributed in accordance with Section 15 of the Regulation prior to an application being submitted and assessed for completeness by the Ministry of the Environment.

Meeting Location

April 18         6-9pm   Camlachie Community Centre     6767 Camlachie Rd, Camlachie ON

April 19         6-9pm   Forest Legion Branch 176           58 Albert St, Forest, ON

Project Description:

Pursuant to the Act and Regulation, the facility, in respect of which the project is to be engaged in, is considered to be a Class 4 wind facility. If approved, this project would have a total maximum name plate capacity of 100MW and include up to 62 wind turbines. The project is descibed in the map below. Read the rest of this entry

Turbines mar landscape

London Free Press
The Ontario Liberals are blind to the mess they are making.

Industrial wind farms are a disease on so many levels:

In terms of green energy, they are expensive and unreliable. Right now, Dalton McGuinty is exporting Ontario’s excess power to other provinces and the states for a fraction of the cost. We Ontarians are saddled with the losses. Just last week, the National Post tells us, “Average Ontario household power rates will be the highest in North America except for Prince Edward Island by the end of 2013.”

In terms of aesthetics, our beautiful province will be marred by these monsters. In daytime, they obstruct our beautiful countryside and the light flickers as the sun reflects off of the moving blades; in the evening the beautiful stars are marred with red lights that smother the skyline. Why will tourists want to come?

In terms of health, there are real concerns with the low-level noise, vibrations, disruptions to air pressure and the effects of light flicker — from headaches, sleep problems, to concentration and memory problems, to dizziness, nausea, and depression.

MPP Lisa Thompson’s private bill calling for a moratorium on further wind development until third party social, physical and economic health and environmental studies have been completed was crushed by the Liberals and NDP on March 8.

It is never too late for us to take action. Together we will make a difference!

Betty Vanhie
Ailsa Craig

Wind Turbine Town Hall

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Fedeli On Green Energy
March 13th, 2012 . Blackburn News

Tim Hudak’s energy critic says the Green Energy Act is pitting neighbour against neighbour.

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli spoke at a town hall meeting in Strathroy last night, where he says at least 250 people shared their thoughts for and against wind farms. “The health concerns came up. We have issues where it pits friend against friend, farmer against farmer, family against family, in terms of ‘I need the cash from the wind turbine’ versus ‘don’t put that next to me.’”

Fedeli says at tonight’s town hall in Blenheim, he’ll talk about how soaring energy costs caused by the Green Energy Act are behind the province’s high unemployment rate.

The meeting gets underway at 7 pm at Deer Run Golf Course.

Story by Dave Richie, Blackburn News.

Wind Turbine Town Hall
Strathroy MyFM

The focus and the message was as strong as wind blowing on a wind turbine, but last night at Amy’s Restaurant a jammed packed crowd of well over 200 filed in to listen and have their opinions heard on the issue of wind turbine and solar power. It was a town hall meeting hosted by Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton and the message was clear. To listen to constituents and take the message forward.

A wide variety of speakers addressed the crowd including farm residents, to wind action group members to people concerned that their health problems had to do with these turbines. The dignitary head table was comprised of McNaughton, PC Energy Critic and Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, and Chatham-Kent MPP Rick Nicholls

North Middlesex council supports resolution

Welcome to McGuinty's Rotating Scrapyard

From the North Middlesex council Feb 21st minutes  (sounds pretty positive to me …? Keep at it N. Mid!):

DELEGATIONS: Lambton Middlesex Wind Action Group

Muriel Allingham and several members of the group attended the meeting to present to Council two motions with regards to the Industrial Wind Turbines. The presentation included motions from Arran-Elderslie and the group wishes for North Middlesex Council to uphold the request for support from this municipality. As well, in accordance with neighbouring Municipalities, they adopt and develop by-laws to incorporate the risks and liabilities inherent to the construction and operation of Wind Turbines in our Communities. These by-laws include amended building permit fees, decommissioning costs and risks, Road and Infrastructure permitting, firefighting requirements and High Angle Rescue development. Several pictures were provided of the construction of turbines in the Watford area. Council thanked the delegation for attending and advised that they were not in a position to make a decision at this time.

Later in the meeting, Council had an opportunity to consider the motions from Arran Elderslie. A discussion then ensued regarding the request to walk out on the Premier at the Ontario Good Roads Conference.

Deputy Mayor Hall expressed that the Good Roads convention is an opportunity to hear the Premier. It is disrespectful to the Premier and Good Roads Committee. SCOR set up discussions with the government to make representation on various matters including this topic. He supports the issues but do not feel walking out on Premier serves that purpose.

Councillor Ropp expressed that individuals must make up their own mind on the issue and not be forced to leave. Councillor Ropp indicated he would do it.

Councillor Cornelissen expressed that a walk out would not likely achieve the desired result council should not dictate what each member does according to their own conscience.

Councillor Moir expressed that he fully agrees with delegation.

MOIR/ROPP: That Council support in principle the ideas expressed by the delegation regarding wind turbines and the nature of the Arran-Elderslie motion but respects individual rights of each Council member to make their own decision regarding taking action at the Premier’s speech at the OGRA/ROMA Conference.

CARRIED

Suncor @ Plympton-Wyoming council Wed. March 14

Plympton-Wyoming – Mark on your calendar for this Wednesday

 

SUNCOR presenting @ Council meeting

Date: March 14th
Time: 10:30am

 

This didn’t take long after their botched bribefest….. Please try to be there. Council needs to feel the pressure of the community watching. Suncor needs to know they aren’t welcome.  

Waiting for the wind to change

Napper will “wait and see” if province changes Green Energy Act

By Heather Wright Sarnia Lambton This Week

PLYMPTON-WYOMING – Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper is taking a wait and see approach after the premier suggested the government will make changes to the way green energy projects are handled in the province.

Dalton McGuinty made the comments at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association in Toronto recently. A number of rural politicians – reports suggest anywhere from a dozen to 80 people – walked out before the premier began speaking in protest of the Green Energy Act. It took the planning power for wind and solar projects away from the municipalities.

After the speech, McGuinty told reporters the province is reviewing the green energy program and hopes to incorporate more of the “local perspective.”

“We will be adopting some of the recommendations put forward by rural Ontario so we can achieve a better balance,” he said.

“I’m not going to speak to the specifics, but I can say we have listened very carefully to those concerns and incorporated those into the changes that we are making.”

And McGuinty stopped short of saying whether municipalities would be given planning power over the projects.

“It’s encouraging,” says Napper of the premiers comments. “I’ll wait to hear what (the changes) are. We’ve had a lot of promises from that office before and they’ve never come through. Read the rest of this entry

Zephyr Wind project to move ahead

By Heather Wright — Sarnia Lambton This Week

WATFORD – The battle over the Zephyr Wind project near Watford is over.

The group appealing the four industrial wind turbines has withdrawn its appeal of the project.

The Middlesex Lambton Wind Concern group launched the appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal of project between Churchill Line and LaSalle Road. It was prepared to start the hearing at the Brooke Alvinston Community Center but withdrew the appeal after a legal pre-hearing setback.

Eric Gillespie, the lawyer representing the group, says the tribunal asked for medical history from the witnesses who would testify to being affected by the turbines, something Gillespie was willing to do. He says the tribunal wanted to see the records of 23 witnesses who were to testify of the health affects of wind turbines. And it wanted the records for the last ten years.

But he says compiling the information would take time. Gillespie asked for an adjournment, but the tribunal gave him six days to come up with the information.

“That’s just not doable,” says Esther Wrightman, one of the people who started the appeal. Read the rest of this entry

Suncor breakfast invite rejected (nice try!)

 By PAUL MORDEN The Observer 

Municipal politicians in Plympton-Wyoming and Lambton Shores said, “No thanks,” when Suncor invited them to breakfast at the Sawmill Creek Golf Resort and Spa to talk about the company’s Cedar Point Wind Power Project.

The Ontario Power Authority awarded Suncor a Feed-in Tariff contract last July for the 100 MW wind farm it proposes to build on lands near Forest that crosses the boundary of the two municipalities.

Suncor invited the mayors and councillors from the communities to meet March 15 with company officials at the golf report in Camlachie.

The invitation said it was an opportunity to update the councils on the project’s progress, hear the politicians’ “perspective on area wind development” and “explore ways Suncor can strengthen relationships with the communities.”

Plympton Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper said his council declined the invitation.

“We sent it back and asked that they come to a council meeting,” he said.

“I didn’t feel comfortable doing that outside of a council setting.”

The invitation received a similar reception in Lambton Shores.

Mayor Bill Weber said his council also decided not to attend.

“We’re going to ask them to come to a council meeting and make their presentation, or ask their questions,” Weber said. “Council will be there as a group and the public can be there.” Read the rest of this entry

Rural Ontario Plans Massive Protest April 3rd – Be There!!

Rural Ontario Plans Massive Protest April 3rd – Be There!!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012   Gather@11:30   Speakers@12:00    Protest March@12:30

CATCH A BUS in Strathroy:  contact us ASAP! windactiongroup@gmail.com
$20-$25/person – it will drop us off right at the protest site– no Toronto driving or parking!

Simcoe Park on Front Street, beside CBC building and opposite Metro Toronto Convention Centre    MAP
Local Groups: Please coordinate buses and attendance for your own areas.

Dalton announced plans to cancel billions of dollars allocated to infrastructure projects to build new highways, repair roads and bridges, and effectively kill thousands of construction jobs.  He plans to sacrifice the essential Infrastructure Plan while forging ahead with his untenable renewable energy plan for Ontario.  Dalton can’t afford to repair our roads yet he can waste $14 billion on foreign built wind turbines that produce negligible electricity.  He pursues an unaffordable energy policy despite scathing  criticism from the Auditor General about soaring electricity   costs, job losses and the fact that Ontario has an energy surplus.

Dalton’s benefactors are coming to Toronto to the FIT Forum.  The multinational wind energy companies benefiting from excessive Liberal government subsidies and lax regulation will be at the Feed’in Trough (FIT), with their plans to transform the landscape, the community vibrancy and homes of rural Ontario into an immense wind ghetto.    

In response, Rural Ontario is planning a massive protest. 

The Wind Industry Barons are blowing into Toronto for the Ontario Feed In Tariff Forum April 3 & 4th  at the Metro Convention Center, 255 front Street West.

Please mark your calendars, and inform your neighbours.    We want as many people as possible – thousands!

Start thinking about messages & slogans for your signs and be creative.  Identify which part of Ontario you are from.  Arrange a bus or use public transit, subways, Go trains to Union Station.  Let’s bring our message to Dalton’s Liberals! See you there.

From the main lobby of Union Station (look for signs to railway and GoTrain station to get to main lobby), exit at Front Street, go west (left) on Front St. past York St.  and Lower Simcoe St.  Simcoe Park is about 300 meters further west right next to the CBC building on the north side of Front St.

Suncor’s Cedar Point Project Maps & Documents

Well, Suncor has some documents they want to share, just not with the likes of YOU!

But I like you all so I’m going to do my bit to ‘open the books’. Have at it! Cedar Point Wind Project Documents and Maps 

Hey, they have really changed that project area around haven’t they? Don’t be surprised, this is normal. That’s how these companies survive – with deception. If I hear another politician or urbanite tell me that we are being ‘listened to’, or that we just need to ‘research information’, I’m going to blow. Even though we look, and pry and try to follow process…we are left in the dark about everything, until it is all pretty much set in stone. Only way to tackle this is to talk- not to the wind company – but to your neighbours.

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Suncor: Breakfast Bribe for Wind Turbines

Suncor, are you serious? Do you really think townships are ALLOWED to have non-social, closed-door, ‘breakfasts’ with you to discuss wind turbines in OUR community, out of the public eye? Maybe you better bone up on the Sunshine Law book here. Can you imagine if London city council , say had a ‘breakfast’ meeting, with some large developer, with no minutes taken, no public allowed? Just because we live in the boonies doesn’t mean we can’t read and understand LAWS!!!! Get out and stay out of our communities. Same goes for you NextEra, and any other wind company that is reading this.

So public- what do you think of a wind company trying to have this conversation outside of council chambers with your elected representatives?

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Cedar Point Wind Power Project – Mayor Feedback & Update

Thursday March 15, 2012 

10 am | Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa (3790 Lakeshore Rd.Camlachie,Ontario)

RSVP to Dianne Zimmerman: dizimmerman@suncor.com

Day of contact number: Dianne cell 519-719-9181

Meeting Goals

  • Update on Cedar Point Wind Power Project progress, the REA process and expected changes to the FIT program (if announced by government by time of meeting)
  • Listen to the mayors’ and council’s perspective on area wind development
  • Explore ways Suncor can strengthen relationships with the community

Agenda

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Cedar Point Wind Power Project update
  • The REA process and FIT review update and how they may impact local councils
  • What’s happening in your community?
    Upcoming by-laws changes
  • Opportunities for joint engagement
  • What are you hearing?
  • What else should Suncor be doing?
  • How else can we support you?
  • Listening to your community

Zephyr Wind- What monsters look like

Brooke-Alvinston– I’m sorry. I wish the wind companies and the Ministry of Environement were too.

And for those who need to know the differnce between a ‘windmill’ and a ‘wind turbine’ – the photo below and 500′.

Municipality wants $200K deposits for wind turbines

Mayor of Plympton-Wyoming says bylaw protects residents
CBC News  Mar 5, 2012 8:50 AM ET 

A Lambton County municipality is making sure it won’t get stuck with the bill if developers walk away from industrial wind farms.

Plympton-Wyoming, east of Sarnia, passed a tough new bylaw that requires developers to deposit $200,000 for each wind turbine they want to build.

“We need to make sure that residents are not on the hook to rebuild roads or to take down turbines when the subsidies are gone and everybody takes off,” said Marcelle Brooks is with Middlesex Lambton Wind Concerns.

Mayor Lonny Napper said council is just trying to protect its people in case developers walk away from the used turbines in 30 years.

“Some of these companies, they come in and some of their credentials may be a little weak and we don’t want to be left holding the bag with a whole bunch of wind turbines out here,” he said. “We feel we owe it to our taxpayers and we owe it to Ontario if they’re dumped in our lap.”

The biggest development proposed in the municipality is a 29-turbine installation by Suncor. That translates into $5.8 million dollars in deposits.

Plympton-Wyoming also passed a bylaw saying a turbine has to be 2 km away from a home. The provincial guideline is 550 metres.

Napper is not sure if the municipality can enforce the setback distance.

Farmers again near boiling point

By Jim Merriam, QMI Agency

In the early 1980s, a group of angry farmers grabbed their rifles and shotguns, donned ski masks and posed for the press.

The picture, taken in the haymow of an old barn near Owen Sound, was front-page news across the country.

The farmers in the picture and many others had reached the breaking point.

It was the age of usurious interest rates that made farming and other small businesses impossible to operate.

The sympathy of much of rural Ontario was with those farmers who courageously brought the rural plight to the public’s attention.

Many residents who lived and worked along the back roads of the province believed the real criminals were government leaders that sanctioned rates of more than 20% on an ongoing basis. (Some businesses paid up to 24% interest on operating loans during the period).

Because of these rates, farmers had been in a fight for their lives and livelihoods against the bureaucracy and banks long before the picture appeared.

But the photo-op was the point at which city folks finally sat up and took notice of the turmoil that was destroying lives and communities throughout the province.

Thirty years have passed and there are similarities with the rural Ontario of today. Family farms are rapidly disappearing, even though the economics of agriculture have improved, particularly in the last few years. But relations with the government are little different. The province continues to run roughshod over rural communities as if nothing has been learned since1980.

Green energy — particularly wind turbines — is one issue that has rural Ontario boiling. But there are many others, including the future of rural health care, government’s love for bigger schools even when they are no better, an assault on small school bus operators, mind-boggling regulations for something as simple as a liquor licence for a community dance, etc.

The folks battling the wind turbines are among the first to reach a frustration point not seen since the ’80s. This week, those activist municipal politicians led a public shunning of Premier Dalton McGuinty by 80 or so delegates to the annual good roads convention.

For their trouble, they got a vague promise that the province will restore “some” autonomy to municipalities that want to limit the number of wind turbines. “Some” change is the best the premier can come up with after years of rural residents battling the issue.

Contrast that to the sudden response the province provided to Toronto when that council discussed transit needs in the Big Smoke and you get an understanding of how neglected and ignored rural residents feel.

I asked one opponent of turbines about the similarities to the unrest of the early ’80s. “The time for civil unrest may be approaching,” this individual said.

Combine that comment with others, such as “let’s meet cabinet ministers outside of the cities with spreaders full of manure” and it’s obvious trouble is brewing.

Thirty years ago a band of gun-totin’ farmers got some action from the banks, the government and among themselves.

That photo was the seminal event in the founding of the Canadian Farm Survival Association. An organization of rural ministries also sprang into action to help families facing loss of livelihoods and the possible suicide of family members.

New ways were developed to finance the beef industry, based in part on the co-op model. Rural communities eventually calmed because something was being done about their concerns.

Nothing is being done today.

jmerriam@bmts.com

Plympton-Wyoming backs turbine buffer zone

By PAUL MORDEN, The Observer 

If Ontario municipalities ever get back the power to approve green energy projects, Plympton-Wyoming will require that wind turbines be built at least two kilometres from neighbouring homes.

Mayor Lonny Napper said council recently voted to change the town’s zoning bylaw to reflect the new distance.

“I’m not sure,” Napper said, when asked about the municipality’s ability to enforce its new setback.

Ontario’s Green Energy Act takes zoning control over wind turbines and other renewable energy projects away from local councils. However, earlier this week Premier Dalton McGuinty said local governments will get more say over wind, solar and other green energy projects.

In 2003, the Plympton-Wyoming setbacks were established at 400 metres, Napper said.

“We wanted to update that because a lot of the companies that were coming in were making reference to that . . . although it didn’t make any difference today.”

Ontario requires a 550-metre minimum setback for wind turbines.

Plympton-Wyoming is the site of several wind farm proposals and, Napper said, “There are some that could be going soon.” Read the rest of this entry

Brooke-Alvinston wind farm appeal withdrawn

 By PAUL MORDEN The Observer

Wind farm opponents have withdrawn their appeal of Ontario’s approval of a four-turbine Zephyr Farms project near Watford.

Several weeks of hearings were scheduled to begin next week in Alvinston.

Esther Wrightman, with the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group, said it made the decision to withdraw its appeal Thursday following a recent pre-hearing decision by the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal.

That came after the Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment submitted “about 170 questions” about medical, real estate and other records the government wanted answered by 23 witnesses the wind group planned to call at the hearings.

Wrightman said the tribunal ruled, just six days before the start of the hearings, that it wanted to see the information the ministry requested.

“It’s like being tripped on the last lap of your race,” Wrightman said.

Gathering and compiling all of the information being sought before the hearing date wasn’t possible, Wrightman said.

“As much as we’d like to, it would have been a shoddy job,” she said. “You have to do it right.”

Going ahead with the hearings, in light of what the tribunal said, wouldn’t have been fair to the group’s witnesses, Wrightman said.

They included people living in communities around Ontario where wind farms are already up and operating.

A lack of clear rules at the tribunal make it a challenge for group’s filing appeals, Wrightman said.

“They’re not specific in the way they run it and they clearly say when you’re there, “Well, you know what, we’re just learning as we go here.’”

But, Wrightman said the lessons learned this time can be used by the group’s lawyer, and other wind opponents, in future appeals of other wind energy projects.

“At least we have a clearer vision of what they want to see,” she said.

If the tribunal rules a renewable energy project will cause serious harm to human health, or the environment, it can revoke or alter the approval given by the province. Read the rest of this entry

Zephyr ERT withdrawn – Will continue with Mapleton ERT once evidence is collected

Important Message from Harvey Wrightman:  The upcoming ERT hearing (Zephyr Wind project) is focused on residents from all over Ontario who have been experiencing the negative effects of living in close quarters with large, powerful wind turbines. It is important to know what kind of evidence we would need at the hearing.  Wednesday, February 29, the ERT released a decision that has been very helpful for understanding what appellants need to bring before the Tribunal in order to be successful.

1) The Tribunal confirmed that the testimony of residents is important and will be accepted.

2) The Tribunal has indicated that certain additional documentation will assist them in making their decision. It is much better to have a clear directive from the Tribunal before the hearing rather than at, or after the full hearing has taken place.

It is clear that it will not be possible to obtain and organize documents for witnesses prior to the start date of the Zephyr appeal, which is currently scheduled for March 7th. While we have an impressive staff, they cannot perform a Biblical miracle – i.e., produce in 6 days all the 23 witnesses’ medical records for the past 10 years.

As a result, after consulting with the research team and counsel, the appellant, Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group Inc. has decided to withdraw the current Zephyr appeal. This was done Thursday morning.

The case for wind turbine victims is not finished, only suspended for the moment. SW Ontario has been the most heavily targeted area and so this is likely where the battle will be fought. It is important that we put forward the best case possible. We are very fortunate that people who have suffered from living in wind projects are now volunteering to testify in court. This they are doing this for us. There are volunteer researchers who work behind the scenes for no glory and no pay, again, for us. The same can be said for the many “experts” who donate their time and assessment skills. The MOE and the wind companies have no volunteers. They cannot buy what our volunteers provide.

There are base costs that we must assume, and since everyone benefits from the case being developed, we all own it. It’s not just about Alvinston or Mapleton or Highgate, It’s about every place in Ontario, and beyond. Together we can push forward this action. The relevant information will be collected and the victims of wind projects will have their day to speak, and be heard.

I urge everyone to support the Mapleton appeal for that is the most likely place for us to make our case. We will return.

Harvey Wrightman, Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group

Wind turbines blow down resale value of homes: Pedlar

By Heather Wright Sarnia this Week 

GRAND BEND – If you can see a wind turbine from your window, chances are your house is going to sell for a lot less money than you want.

That’s the message Doug Pedlar, a real estate broker with ReMax in Grand Bend, brought to about 300 people in the village recently. Pedler talked with a number of real estate professionals across the province about the impact of industrial wind turbines on home sales and found studies about the subject from around the world. He says in general, the value of a home within view of the rotating blades takes longer to sell and could sell for 30 percent less than market value.

Pedlar says in one case in Simcoe, a real estate agent was trying to sell a 25 acre vacant hobby farm with a wind turbine behind it. He listed the lakeview property for about $149,000, expecting to sell it for about $135,000. Six months later he finally got an offer of $65,000. All seven of the potential buyers asked the agent about the wind turbine. Read the rest of this entry

Getting tough on turbines – Plympton-Wyoming

Plympton-Wyoming wants big money from wind operators

By Heather Wright  Sarnia This Week

PLYMPTON-WYOMING – Plympton-Wyoming says industrial wind turbine operators will have to put down a $200,000 deposit for each of the massive energy makers before any soil is turned.

It’s one of two new standards the township council passed recently in an effort to “protect our people,” according to Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper.

After the province passed the Green Energy Act, municipalities had very little say in where or how many industrial wind turbines would be erected in the territory. Suncor currently plans a 29 turbine project in Plympton-Wyoming, a move Napper is worried about.

In January, council passed the bylaw calling for the $200,000 deposit reasoning there had to be money available so the turbines could be dismantled if, in 20 years, the original owners abandon the machinery.

For Suncor, that would mean cutting a $5.8 million check to Plympton-Wyoming.

“We thought with all the companies coming in – we don’t know these companies – if the turbines have to be removed, it gives you some security,” says Napper. “We want the assurance that if some company comes in and puts up forty of them, (and) they’re gone – when they are worn out – what do you do with them? Read the rest of this entry