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Debate Continues Over Wind Energy

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Wind is fairly new and controversial in this province with some saying it’s a much needed clean source of energy, while others — many of them in communities around Lake Ontario and Lake Erie — are saying ‘not in my backyard’. Considerations with wind turbines include the environmental mark they make and the environmental benefits they offer, as well as the financial implications.

There are five wind turbines in West Lincoln now but there will be many, many more as soon as they pass environmental approvals. Ontario Power Authority says wind is an important part of its energy portfolio — it’s expanding infrastructure for all the power Ontario produces and the province wants a mix of sources so they balance each other out — especially now that they’ve phased out coal. But in West Lincoln, people say their rural way of life is being destroyed, and there’s nothing they can do to stop it.

The wind turbines in West Lincoln don’t seem to make noise, but Zlata Zoretic has lived in their flickering shadow since they went up a year ago: “Just whomp, whomp all day. It’s terrible.”

The sound is on YouTube. People living near wind turbines complain of headaches, inability to sleep, ear ringing and diminished property values. Nellie Dehaans is terrified of this. For decades, she’s lived on the other side of Smithville: “It’s going to look much different. I’ve got turbines coming that way, that way, that way. West Lincoln’s getting 44, the whole project is 77 plus three extras in case.”

The wind farms are expected to stretch from Smithville to Wainfleet. And the turbines will be much bigger — the size of a 60 storey building.

Wind power can cost almost twice as much per kilowatt hour as gas or nuclear energy. But there’s no power when there’s no wind — like in a muggy summer heat wave.

Wendy Veldman lives next to a turbine: “They produce it when we need it the least. They are not reliable. The wind is blowing today. But, there are some days when they sit still. What are we going to do when that’s happening. But, there always has to be backup power.”

If there is too much wind, the power has to be sold off at a loss, or the companies are paid not to produce. But, we don’t pay when there’s no wind.  Read rest of article here.

Watch local windwarriors being interviewed here. http://www.chch.com/wp-content/plugins/projekktorvm/embed.php?id=15253&poster=http://www.chch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2014-0924-WindEnergyEN6.jpg&long=&noad=false#rdzutabx

Blown over: Residents rejoice as wind turbine battle comes to a conclusion

By KATE DAY SAGER   Era Reporter  September 10, 2014 

ALLEGANY, N.Y. — Close to eight years of legal battles, community upsets and neighbors bickering with neighbors over a proposed 29-wind-turbine farm project in the town of Allegany came to an end on Tuesday.

The final nail in the coffin of the proposed EverPower Wind LLC farm in the communities of Chipmonk and Knapp Creek was hammered when the Allegany Town Board unanimously voted to rescind the wind overlay district.

“It’s been a long time coming and I’m glad this is over,” said Chipmonk resident Karen Mosman after the meeting. “But I’m in shock, is it real?”  Read rest of the article here.

We would like to invite you to join CCSAGE Naturally Green…

…as a Member but first, some background.

CaptureIn March, 2014 CCSAGE incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation.  The objectives of our group remain the same: we advocate for green energy projects when they are safe and appropriate, and challenge them otherwise.  The proposed wind factories in South Marysburgh and Athol are neither green nor appropriate, and our group strenuously opposes them by initiatives of our own and by supporting the activities of PECFN and APPEC.

As an example of a green initiative that we would support,  Ontario is considering the establishment a long-term power purchase agreement with Quebec.  This is an excellent idea, because Quebec generates almost all of its electricity (95%+) from hydro-electric facilities, perhaps the greenest of all sources.

CCSAGE now has a Board of Directors, a Steering Committee and thousands of supporters who have become engaged in some way in challenging proposed wind projects in the County .  The current Board is made up of Anne Dumbrille (Chair), Karen Empringham (Vice-Chair) and Garth Manning (Secretary).  The number of Directors can be increased as necessary.

Now, with incorporation, we are creating a Membership category, and would like to enroll our more engaged supporters as Members.  As you have shown significant interest in CCSAGE and its objectives in the past, we invite you to join as a Member.

What’s involved?  First, there is the formal aspect: approve the actions of the Board, the corporate accounts and any bylaw changes at an annual general meeting.  But more importantly, the Board intends to utilize the Membership as a focus group to preview plans,  as a source of new ideas, and as invited participants in occasional CCSAGE projects.

As a Member, you’ll receive regular, Members-only, email communications from the Board, and have the opportunity to provide your opinions and ideas direct to the Board.

Individual Memberships are offered at $20 for the first fiscal year, which will include a free “Naturally Green” lawn sign and a “Not a Willing Host” sticker.

To join, send a cheque, made out to “CCSAGE Naturally Green”, to Garth Manning, 17203 Loyalist Parkway, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0.  Make sure to include your name, postal address, phone number and e-mail address (all are required).

With your involvement as a Member, CCSAGE Naturally Green will become even more relevant, responsive and effective.

Anne Dumbrille, Chair

613-476-5363

On behalf of CCSAGE Naturally Green:

17203 Loyalist Parkway, Wellington, ON  K0K 3L0

www.ccsage.wordpress.com

 

West Lincoln Residents Showing MAWT Support – Many Raffle Tickets Sold!

Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc. would like to thank Everyone who came by their Booth in a show of support on Saturday at the PoultryFest Niagara.

Many stopped by to learn more about Industrial Wind Turbines, about the NRWC Wind Project and how it will affect the Residents of West Lincoln.

A Great many Raffle Tickets were sold with Money Raised going towards the Fight Against the NRWC Turbines and to help Burnaby Skydive with their Legal Bills.

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Many Bird Houses, Mugs, Garden Bugs and White Pine Trees were also sold with a portion of Proceeds going in support of MAWT!
Many People took advantage of the FREE “Stop the Turbines” or “Health Studies before Turbines” Signs to take home and display.

Raffle Tickets will continue to be sold all Summer. Watch for more Fund Raising Events coming in the near future!!

With the CONTINUED and ever INCREASING show of Support from the Residents of West Lincoln the Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc. will Continue with the Fight Against the NRWC Wind Project.

Motorcyclists & The Mothers Roll into Port Dover for Friday the 13th!

 

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Friday the 13th, 2014 – Port Dover

If you love Motorcycles, Port Dover was the place to be yesterday for the Friday the 13th bike rally. Thousands flocked to the community town, driving past the surrounding Wind Turbines of the area. Port Dover bike shop owner Chris Simons held the first rally on Nov. 13, 1981. It was intended to be a gathering of friends, but soon grew by word of mouth.

The Mothers had amazing Friday the 13th custom Pottery mugs for sale which our local artists Anita and Mark Thornton donated for the event! The Trees not Turbines campaign along with our Raffle Ticket sales were also promoted! It was a good opportunity for us to get the message out to people that might not regularly hear much about  the impacts of Industrial Wind Turbines.  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out at the event and especially to our own Linda Rogers for coordinating! Not only were we out informing the public, but fun times were had by all!!!

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Schmalz: turbine fight is a ‘worldwide movement’

Shoreline Beacon Friday, May 16, 2014

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A town hall style meeting was held at Maple Hall in Port Elgin Thursday night on the subject of wind turbines.

The meeting falls shortly after the one year anniversary the Unifor turbine blades started spinning it was fourth in a series of open meetings for continued education. The turbine meeting, which was hosted by Saugeen Shores Turbine Operation Policy (S.T.O.P) brought in two speakers with new theories and histories in the fight against wind power.

Organizer Greg Schmaltz quipped “people are probably tired of hearing from him,” so he brought in some featured speakers from Toronto.

First to speak was Sherri Lange, the co-founder of Toronto Wind Action “whose claim to fame is that they beat the turbines on the Scarborough Bluffs down in Toronto,” said Schmalz.

Lange is also CEO of NAPAW (North American Platform Against Wind).

The second speaker Thursday evening was Kevin Dooley “who likes to be called an inventor and he truly is, with over one hundred US patents’ to his name,” Schamlz added. “He is a retired jet engine turbine specialist; his life’s mission is all about vibration which of course noise is a vibration.”

The S.T.O.P spokesperson said Dooley has interesting theories about how people suffering adverse effects from industrial turbines are in fact identical to motion sickness that you would experience on a boat caused by atmospheric pressure changes “which is a pretty cutting edge scientific data.”

Dooley’s presentation showcased The McMauley Hypothsis about infrasound and how it causes tempera illness. He displayed acoustic data captured from Port Elgin homes showing the rate of the blade passing the tower in a pulse spectra analysis.

“These frequencies of thumping are specific to each wind turbine”, said Dooley. Read rest of article here.

Naturalists to pay Gilead $40,000, reduced from $120,000 demand

April 14, 2014 – http://www.countylive.ca

DSCN1679Prince Edward County’s Field Naturalists will pay $40,000 in legal costs instead of $120,000 demanded by Gilead Power.

The Divisional Court has found turbine project developer Gilead Power’s demand for $120,000 in legal costs from the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists “was too high and lowered it to $40,000,” said Myrna Wood, PECFN president. “More importantly, the reason given is that “clearly the case is of important public interest. It is significant that two judges have based decisions on the importance of the case to the public interest. We see this as a positive indicator that permission to appeal will be given. We will also be able to use this argument for an appeal against paying any legal costs to Gilead or the Ministry.”

The naturalists group has filed its submission to the Court of Appeal asking for leave to appeal the Divisional Court reversal of the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal.

Last July, the Tribunal revoked the approval of a Gilead Power wind turbine project at Ostrander Point Crown Land Block in the centre of the Prince Edward County’s South Shore Important Bird Area. There have been more than 20 appeals of Renewable Energy Approvals since the Green Energy Act came into effect in 2009. All but the PECFN appeal resulted in dismissals.

“In allowing PECFN’s appeal, the Tribunal rendered a landmark and precedent-setting decision,” said Wood.

Soon after the Divisional Court decision, Gilead Power announced its intention to start construction in April.  PECFN brought an urgent motion for a Stay of construction and leave to appeal the Divisional Court decision to the Court of Appeal.

In his decision submitted on March 25, Judge Blair of the Appeal Court held that he had “no hesitation in granting the Stay” because the issues raised on the proposed appeal are of “broad public implication in the field of environmental law”.  Further, he found that the irreparable harm criterion had been satisfied on the basis that “once a habitat is destroyed, it is destroyed – for at least short-term purposes, in any event – and the species sought to be protected here is a vulnerable and endangered species.”

“The notice of intention to seek leave to appeal has attracted increasing expressions of support for PECFN’s opposition to industrialization of the South Shore IBA,” said Wood. “We believe that this important test of Ontario environmental law encourages other environmental and legal organizations to apply to intervene in the appeal.”

The struggle to save Ostrander Point has gained a broader dimension since two other wind turbine projects in the area have been submitted to the government Registry (EBR) for public comment, she said.

The White Pines proposal includes 29 turbines spread across private lands within the IBA surrounding Ostrander Point.  Windlectric Inc. proposes 36 turbines spread across the Amherst Island’s natural areas.  Residents of Amherst Island have applied to the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto for a judicial review of the Ministry of Environment’s approval of the application.  They challenge the company’s claims that their plan has mitigated any harmful effects to wildlife and people prior to construction.

“The cumulative effect of proposed turbine projects surrounding eastern Lake Ontario creating a barrier across the eastern flyway of migrating birds and bats is a concern for all naturalists,” said Wood. “If approved, these projects will displace wildlife from shorelines, the most important staging and resting habitats for many species.  Renewable energy will not be ‘green’ if it destroys significant wildlife habitats.  Recognition of this fact is demonstrated by two recent project cancellations. British Petroleum has cancelled a project on Cape Vincent across from Wolfe Island.  On the Lake Erie Pelee flyway two proposed projects in Ohio have been cancelled due to the threat of a lawsuit by Black Swamp Bird Observatory and the American Bird Conservancy.”

The Appeal Court’s decision on the request to appeal may not be made until June.

“In May, everyone will be enjoying one more spring migration and searching for emerging Blanding’s turtles along the South Shore firmly resolved to continue in the struggle to Save Ostrander Point,” said Wood.

More at www.saveostranderpoint.org

Original Article Reference here: http://countylive.ca

Divisional Court January 22, 2014- Going Down a Rabbit Hole

Cheryl Anderson

Interested observers continued to give up their personal time to attend the Divisional Court hearing today.  About 40 people attended.  It is wonderful how many people have been willing to come from the County in the middle of the week to support PECFN.

Sitting in the Court one begins to wonder about the whole process.  PECFN is here to defend the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal.  The Tribunal is not in Court.  The Ministry of Natural Resources is not in Court and yet the decision of that ministry to allow species at risk to be killed, harmed or harassed at Ostrander Point is being discussed at length.  The Tribunal was a creature of the MOE and yet the MOE trying to prove that the Tribunal made the wrong decision.  Shouldn’t the MOE be supporting its own creation?  Myrna asks “Are we going down the rabbit hole here?”

The Gilead and Ministry of Environment lawyers spent the morning discussing whether the Environmental Review Tribunal’s decision was in conflict with the Environmental Protection Act and why there was no evidence given about the numbers of Blanding’s turtles at Ostrander Point, the amount of vehicular traffic or the potential increase in vehicular traffic if the project is approved.  Throughout, the 9 turbine Industrial Wind Turbine project at Ostrander Point was described as a” Public Infrastructure Project”.  As you can imagine, this description made the majority of the observers gag!  The next topic was the suggestion that the Tribunal should have considered alternatives to the project – i.e. made a provision that the roads be closed to the public and offered to approve the project with that condition.   Again there was protracted discussion about the relationship between the ERT and the ESA permit issued by the MNR.

Eric Gillespie spent the afternoon responding to the arguments of the MOE and Gilead.  At this juncture we have to say a very special “Thank you” to Natalie Smith.  Natalie spent the fall analysing the ERT decision and preparing for the counter appeal by Gilead and the MOE.  She has been at Eric’s side throughout and provides the extra knowledge to make sure that we are successful in defending the appeal.

Justice Nordheim put a little wrinkle in the proceedings when he asked Eric to show him where in the ERT analysed the difference between “serious” and “irreversible”.  He wanted to be able to follow the ERT’s reasons for coming to the decision that the Gilead project would cause irreversible damage to the Blanding’s Turtles at Ostrander Point.  Of course, Eric and Natalie were able to find several instances in the decision that showed the analysis of the ERT and how they came to the decision to turn down the Gilead project.

The appeal continues tomorrow morning at 9:30.  The APPEC appeal is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.  I will report on the final few hours of the PECFN appeal tomorrow evening when I get back to the County.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support and for the encouraging messages.
Cheryl Anderson

Press Release – Mothers Against Wind Turbines – December 17, 2013