Ontario government failed to respond to wind turbine noise

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As per the notice to our members and a special investigation by Global News that was based on Freedom Of Information (FOI) acquired by Wind Concerns Ontario (WCO), the MOECC has not been investigating complaints on wind turbine noise in Ontario. This has been covered in a two part series by Global News. In the event you were not able to see the Global News airings on May 31st and June 1st, here are the links to Part 1 and Part 2.

Additionally, the concerns were brought up in the Ontario Legislature Question Period. Here are links to the Legislature Question Period video as well as the text where questions were raised.  And if you would like more detail, click on the Response to Wind Turbine Noise Complaints Report to view the detailed report created from the vast amount of emails and information collected after 2 years of WCO persistence to acquire the FOI.

If the WPD Canada White Pines Wind Project is to continue with the 9 remaining wind turbines around the Milford area in South Marysburgh, it is estimated that 500 people will be within 1500 metres of a wind turbine and may be in the same position as the many residents who made complaints in the following projects:

Southwestern Ontario wind farm complaints 2006 to 2014
442 – Enbridge Wind Farm in Kincardine
388 – Talbot Wind Farm in Chatham-Kent
236 – CAW Turbine in Port Elgin
179 – Marsh Line in Chatham-Kent
131 – Frogmore near Port Burwell
127 – Gosfield Wind Project in Kingsville
119 – Plateau Wind Farm in Grey County
117 – Harrow Wind Farm in Essex County
99 – Ripley Wind Power Project in Bruce County
69 – Conestogo in Drayton
55 – Kent Breeze in Chatham-Kent
54 – South Side in Essex County

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Ontario government failed to respond to wind turbine noise

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Global TV will be airing a hard-hitting story on wind turbine noise in rural Ontario on May 31st, 2017 evening news.  See Global’s story, with video clips here,  and watch the news broadcast on Global TV News this evening starting at 5:30 PM.

Global’s national news investigative team began working on this story months ago, after receiving documents from Wind Concerns Ontario (WCO) which reveal an astonishing 3,180 wind turbine noise complaints were made by rural Ontario residents between 2006 and 2014.  The Global investigation takes a close look at the Province’s response to those complaints.  The documents from WCO show that in 54 per cent of all cases – more than 1,700 individual complaints – the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), the agency responsible for oversight of wind turbine noise, did not investigate residents’ concerns. In another 450 cases, roughly 14 per cent of total incidents, the ministry deferred responding to complaints.

This news story hits close to home for County residents.  If the REA-approved nine turbines remaining in the White Pines Wind Project were to proceed almost 200 homes and an estimated 500 residents in Milford and surrounding area would be located within 1500 metres of one or more wind turbines.

Jane Wilson, WCO President, says that WCO “is hopeful that the Global News story will be a step forward in getting the Ontario government to acknowledge that there is a problem with the siting of wind turbines in this province and will take steps to help people, now.”

A WCO news release on the Global story and a link to a report on the information WCO received from the MOECC after a two year struggle to obtain it, can be found on the WCO website  . 

 

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New Date for Yard Sale – Saturday, May 27

Is it still raining?

The Annual Yard Sale for the South Shore Appeal Fund has been cancelled for this Saturday, May 13, 2017 due to rain in the weather forecast.

We are rescheduling the Yard Sale for Saturday, May 27, starting at 8:00 a.m.

Large and small donations can be dropped off on the day of the sale, May 13, at the site 14011 Hwy #33 (Loyalist Parkway).  If you wish to drop off donations to Royal LePage at 104 Main Street Picton, you may do so on Friday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED.

Regards,
Johanna McCarthy
contactus@appec.ca

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ENDANGERED TURTLES WIN PROTECTION FROM WIND FARM IN ONTARIO, CANADA

Landmark legal decision overturns government approval of large power project … to read the full article on EIN Presswire click here.

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White Pines Project Turbine Status – April 26, 2017

White Pines Turbine Status April 26, 2017

In celebrating the positive findings it should not be lost that, given its mission, APPEC cannot be pleased with the ERT decision regarding the other 9 turbines.  We will consider our options after other factors unfold and consultation with our legal counsel.  Also, most of these 9 turbines could be impacted by the decision in the recent Heritage Judicial Review.

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Good News – ERT Success!

Blanding’s turtle photo @ Prince Edward Point – Mid-April 2017

Dear APPEC Members and Supporters,

Good news at last!

The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has issued a final decision on the White Pines Wind Project which protects the South Shore.   The ERT has removed 18 of the Project’s 27 turbines (T12-T29), which leaves only 9 turbines in the Project.  The 18 removed turbines were all located on the South Shore, basically those turbines which were proposed to be located south of Royal Road.  Please click here to read the full ERT Decision.

We are pleased that the ERT has made a decision that will keep the South Shore turbine-free.  This is clearly a victory for the survival of the Blanding’s turtle and many other animal and plant species found there.  Although the ERT decision was specifically concerned with protecting these turtles and their habitat we are very pleased that indirectly as a result of this decision there will be no turbines in the Prince Edward County Important Bird and Biodiversity Area.

This ERT decision validates years of efforts to save the County’s natural heritage along the South Shore and a great many people were involved in bringing us to this point.  Our sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to this effort, most particularly our members and supporters who made the appeal possible through their donations to help cover legal costs.  Our greatest appreciation for our Council’s strong support. Our deepest gratitude to Eric Gillespie and his associates who have fought so long and hard for environmental justice for the South Shore.  No one deserves more thanks – or more credit – for this ERT win than Eric.  We are also proud to share this success with PECFN who led the way with their ERT win at Ostrander Point.

Going forward our main concern will be paying for the ERT and other legal costs and possible appeals of the decision.  For now, we ask that you join us in celebrating the end of our successful appeal with a donation to help us cover our legal costs.  Donations can be made to the South Shore Appeal Fund OR to the County of Prince Edward – Legal Appeal Fund if you wish to make a donation and receive an official income tax receipt.  More information on how to make a donation is provided at the end of this message.

We are delighted – and greatly relieved – that the ERT ultimately made a sound decision.

Regards,
Gord Gibbins
APPEC Chair

How to make a donation to the South Shore Appeal Fund
Donations to the SSAF can be made by cheque or PayPal on our website http://www.appec.ca   Please make your cheque out to the South Shore Appeal Fund and mail to Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County, P. O. Box 173, Milford, ON K0K 2P0 nb: Donations to the SSAF are not tax-deductible.  If you wish to make a donation and receive an income tax receipt please follow the directions below.

How to make a tax-deductible donation
If you wish to make a donation and receive an official income tax receipt please make your cheque out to the “County of Prince Edward – Legal Appeal Fund” and mail to Shire Hall, 332 Main St. Picton, ON K0K 2T0 or drop your cheque off at Shire Hall during office hours Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm.  The name and address on the cheque should be the name and address that you wish to appear on the official income tax receipt that will be issued.  If your cheque has incomplete information on it (for example your name is printed on the cheque but there is no address) please provide this missing information in a brief note accompanying your cheque.  You will receive an income tax receipt in the mail.

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The destruction of Blanding’s turtle habitat continues over the weekend

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WPD this weekend started destroying additional Prince Edward County South Shore habitat. An additional location was started north of Army Reserve Road about 800m east of Lighthall Road. This is a known area for both spring foraging and nesting for Blanding’s turtles

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