Category Archives: Appeal NRWC Wind Project

Mandy Smith “… I am alarmed about the close proximity of proposed turbine T83 to my property. “

read Mandy Smith Presentation here

I, and my neighbours, expect that Stantec/ NRWC is just as concerned about the future of our township as we are; consequently it is hard to believe that they would neglect to do proper due diligence in the application process for the approval of the NRWC project.  I, as a presenter, am expected to prove that the project will not cause serious harm, and this can only be done with the proper completion and documentation of all studies and field visits.  The final results of these visits and studies must demonstrate the cooperation of the residents who will be affected by the siting of the IWT’s.  Then and only then can I and my community be satisfied that this project will NOT cause “serious harm”.

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Loretta Sheild’s Testimony at the NRWC Environmental Appeal – Wainfleet

MAWT Inc. would like to thank Loretta for all the hard work she has put into this fight.  She truly is an advocate and a voice for the natural beauty, ecosystems and wildlife of West Lincoln and area that is being threatened by the NRWC Project.  She has most definitely done her homework and if there was anyone in that room today that was an “expert” on the topic it was her, regardless of what the proponents lawyers say.  🙂  

Hi everyone,

I testified at the ERT today in Wainfleet.  My presentation is attached if you are interested in the details.  There are 4 sub issues.  These include concerns for migratory butterfly stopover areas, encroachment on provincially significant wetlands, inadequate mitigation measures for woodlands and red mulberry.  There are so many other issues. For example, there is no evidence to show that winter raptor transects were conducted within the interior of the woodlands.  62 permits are required by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.  These are still pending.   There are 20 industrial wind turbines proposed in Blanding’s turtle habitat in Lowbanks, all on private property.  There are many properties within this habitat where ‘alternative investigations – ie roadside surveys” were allowed.  The MNR is allowing this to proceed. If anyone would like more information, please feel free to contact me.

I want to thank you all for helping me learn about the many birds and raptors during the past few years.  If there is a silver lining here, it is the wonderful people I have met, and the greater appreciation I have for the beautiful world we live in.
Have a wonderful week everyone!
Loretta Shield’s

BE THERE! Jan 26, 10am

Plan to attend.  Attend one or all the days, spend a few hours or a few days, but by all means:  come!

Let the ERT know that this project is too big, the turbines are too large and our environment and our residents can and will NOT BE  IGNORED.

In order to accommodate the large turnout expected, the venue for a hearing against a massive wind turbine project will be heard in Wainfleet.

The hearing will now take place at Wainfleet Firefighters Memorial Community Hall beginning Jan. 26.

Five days have been set aside for the hearing.

Wainfleet Firefighters Memorial Community Hall is located at 31907 Park St., Wainfleet.

The hearing is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

 

This project is the largest –  covering three municipalities, has  the most “receptors” and the largest turbines.

We object!  We care!  We will not allow them to walk all over us!
We will attend the ERT and SHOW THEM our solidarity.
See you there.

Industrial Wind Turbines: Why the Battle is Worth the Fight

1297643875683_ORIGINAL (1)Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc. has launched an Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) against the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOE) and the Niagara Region Wind Corporation (NRWC).   The NRWC has been granted approval by the Ministry of the Environment to construct 77 industrial wind turbines in West Lincoln, Wainfleet and Haldimand County.   These IWT’s are the largest turbines to be placed on land in North America with the smallest set back. They will generate more empty homes, hospital expenses and higher electricity bills.

Many in the reading audience may be bored with this news, or resigned to the results when little people battle huge corporations or the government, but this battle is worth fighting because more and more red flags are going up on the field. Continue reading Industrial Wind Turbines: Why the Battle is Worth the Fight

What is the real cost of an Environmental Review Tribunal?

Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc has launched both a health appeal and an environmental appeal against the Ministry of the Environment (now the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change) in the decision by the MOE to approve the Niagara Regional Wind Corporation industrial wind project.

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The process is an interesting statement on the evolution of justice with respect to the renewable energy initiative, a politically motivated initiative that has been touted as the saviour of the planet through reduced CO2 emissions. The preliminary hearing to determine who can speak and on what topic was held Dec 19, 2014 in the Wellandport hall.

The first thing you notice, beyond the hard chairs and the poor acoustical system, is the abundance of legal council. There are three lawyers on the tribunal panel. They have been assigned by the Ministry of the Attorney General office to preside over this case.  We are informed that the purpose of the hearing is for the tribunal to review the directors decision and consider ONLY whether engaging in the renewable energy project in accordance with the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) will cause serious harm to human health or serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment.  So the scope has been limited and concerns about economic impact, democratic rights, anything beyond serious harm to human health and serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment are beyond the jurisdiction of this tribunal.  It seems a little backward that the people that live in the community have to prove beyond a shadow of doubt that the engagement in a politically motivated initiative will seriously harm their health and/or their environment. Continue reading What is the real cost of an Environmental Review Tribunal?

St. Anns – 24 turbines less than 5 km surrounding Atkins Pony Rides

468563_356701661043095_1185570960_oBelow is the submission made by Sue and Leon Atkins, which received applause by the more than 100 local residents who attended the Preliminary Hearing of the ERT appeal for the NRWC project in West Lincoln which was held in Wellandport Dec 19/2014.

The Atkins who own and run Atkins pony rides were granted presenter status.

Sue Atkins Quoted a notice she look a picture of while attending one of the NRWC community information presentations held in our area a while back.

“NRWC QUOTE:  If there are MORE than 5 turbines within 3 km of a noise receptor or if any turbines have a sound power level greater than 102 decibels,greater set back distances must be met and or noise studies must be completed.”

Then she asked. “Has anyone completed these noise studies? Has anyone meet these set back distances?”  Her response was “NO!”   There could also be heard murmurs of “NO” through out the audience in response to her questions as well.

As she points out below, 7 turbines are within 2 km of their farm.  10 are within 3 km and 24 within 5 km.   Sue Atkins is well within her right to question how this is possible in light of the NRWC PUBLIC notice reassuring residents that what is about to happen to them wouldn’t happen to anyone.   

Thank you to the Atkins for standing up and fighting !!  If you want to help the Atkins then helpMothers Against Wind Turbines Inc.. and donate to their Legal fund so we can keep this fight going for as long as we can!!  These are real members of our community, your community, coming forward and fighting!  Fighting not only for their livelihoods, their health, their home but fighting for everyone who potentially will be negatively affected by the NRWC project.

Human and animal alike…continue

to read Sue Atkins submission. 

Continue reading St. Anns – 24 turbines less than 5 km surrounding Atkins Pony Rides

Wind turbine fears discussed at preliminary hearing

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Sue Atkins says she has acoustic neuroma — a benign brain tumor that develops on the main nerve leading from the inner ear.

 

Members of Mothers Against Wind Turbines, from left, Catherine Mitchell, Marianne Kidd, and Linda Rogers, discuss their appeal of a planned wind turbine project in West Niagara. ALLAN BENNER Tribune Staff
Members of Mothers Against Wind Turbines, from left, Catherine Mitchell, Marianne Kidd, and Linda Rogers, discuss their appeal of a planned wind turbine project in West Niagara. ALLAN BENNER Tribune Staff

 

 

Although it’s non-cancerous, she says it is continuing to grow and has resulted in hearing loss and the possible need for surgery. It has also made her particularly sensitive to infrasound, like the sound created by the huge spinning blades of industrial wind turbines.

But the rural St. Anns farm she shares with her husband Leon and their 29 ponies and horses will be within five kilometers of 24 huge industrial wind turbines if a provincially approved Green Energy Act development by Niagara Region Wind Corp. is allowed to proceed.

“We are really concerned at the fact that our small parcel of property is going to be surrounded by these wind turbines,” she says.

Continue reading Wind turbine fears discussed at preliminary hearing

Environmental tribunal a step to real law

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It’s a battle they probably won’t win.

But it could be a necessary step towards winning the war.

download (1)There were more than 150 people at the Wellandport Community Centre Friday, and that was just for a preliminary hearing to determine who would speak and about what during an Environmental Review Tribunal looking into concerns about a large wind turbine development, scheduled to start a month from now on Jan. 19.

Although Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc. president Marianne Kidd fears the tribunal hearings to come may prove to be a “kangaroo court,” she said“there’s nowhere else to go.” Continue reading Environmental tribunal a step to real law

NRWC project estimates “1372” Truck Deliveries and Removals PER TURBINE Site!!

The following chart is taken from page 23 of the NIAGARA REGION WIND FARM CONSTRUCTION PLAN REPORT.   1342 Trucks Deliveries and Removal Per Turbine.  That’s 1342 x 77 turbines = 103 334 Heavy Industrial Trucks running up and down our country roads.

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103 334 Trucks!!

truck loads

Wind turbine appeal to be heard in “Wellandport” (not Smithville)

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Wind turbine appeal to be heard in Smithville   Wellandport

1331173896981_ORIGINALAs they said they would, an advocacy group has appealed the decision to allow a 77-turbine wind farm to be built in west Niagara, but they have no disillusions of their chances of winning.

A preliminary hearing for a tribunal that could overturn the wind farm approval has now been scheduled for Dec. 19 at the Wellandport Community Centre.

That building, on Canborough Rd. in Smithville, has become a key site in the wind turbine debate, with numerous public meetings held there as progress on the massive development has slowly moved forward.

Niagara Region Wind Corp. was given the green light to move forward with its industrial wind turbine project in early November when the Ministry of the Environment issued its Renewable Energy Approval.

The project calls for 77 three-megawatt turbines to be built in West Lincoln, Lincoln and Wainfleet. The total development has a capacity of 230 MW, enough to power 70,000 homes and make it the fifth-largest wind farm in North America. Continue reading Wind turbine appeal to be heard in “Wellandport” (not Smithville)