Wind Company & Ontario Government Appear to Make Mockery of Renewable Energy Approvals Process
Toronto, Ontario – An announcement by industrial wind developer WPD Canada, supported by the Ontario government, appears to make it clear to residents across Ontario that the regulatory process currently in place for granting and appealing wind projects is a mere “rubber stamp” formality.
WPD has announced that it will be establishing a facility to construct more than 50 industrial wind turbines. However, five of the six projects the facility is to supply have not been approved. In total, only four (4) of the fifty two (52) turbines, or less than eight percent (8%) that the facility will reportedly assemble and/or construct have been granted an approval.
Residents in these communities are deeply disturbed by what appears to be WPD’s, and in turn the Ontario Government’s, apparent willingness to publicly announce the facility long before the regulatory review process and any subsequent appeals to the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal are complete.
In doing so, the government and wind company appear to have indicated that public consultation, review by Ministry officials and the entire appeal process are likely meaningless, as both the wind developer and government are sufficiently confident in the end result to announce the facility today. What is now evident to many is that WPD and the Ontario Government appear to view the granting of all approvals for these projects as a foregone conclusion.
For further information please contact:
Kawartha Lakes: Sumac Ridge & Settlers Landing Opposition Group – Stuart Williams 905-432-5661
Middlesex: Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group Inc. – Harvey Wrightman 519-247-3751
Prince Edward: Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County – Henri Garand 613-476-4527
Simcoe: John Wiggins 912-574-6347
Wellington: Oppose Belwood Wind Farm Association – Janet Vallery 519-803-4267
North American Platform Against Wind – Sherry Lange 416-567-5115
Legal Counsel – Eric K. Gillespie Professional Corporation – Eric Gillespie 416-436-7473