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If you follow this blog regularly you know we’ve reported this in the past: that lawyers predicted once people have gone through the frustrating and obstructive review and approval process to try to object to wind power generation projects in Ontario, they will begin to take legal action.

And, we noted that it had already started.

Now, property owners near Collingwood, Ontario are taking action against WPD and two landowners leasing land for turbines, according to this report : http://www.theenterprisebulletin.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3537118

There are so many landowners–and businesses–involved that at the moment, the claim has reached $17 million.

An interesting point here is that the wind power development will affect the Collingwood airport operations. Collingwood is an important local airport. But does the Ontario government care? Nope: wind power development trumps everything, including people’s homes, their property value, their health, and the success of Ontario businesses.

A lot of people are watching this one and they may not wait for a conclusion; it just makes sense to take whatever steps you have to to protect your interests.

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An interview with Premier Dalton McGuinty was published in The Belleville Intelligencer. In it, the premier states that he doesn’t want “the headaches” associated with wind power generation projects going into communities that don’t want them.

The article is here: http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3533375

This represents a substantial change from the Premier’s words in 2009 when he said one of the purposes of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act was to prevent “NIMBY” communities and citizens from blocking wonderful green energy projects.

Hmm.

Could it be that the Premier is looking for a way out of this disastrous policy, that even Ontario’s own Auditor general has said was embarked upon without proper study or cost-benefit analysis? That analyst after analyst is saying will bankrupt the province? And maybe, with the contracts in place or in process, he’s pretty close to his goal anyway?

It’s not like communities across Ontario haven’t spoken up with their objection to being steamrolled by big wind companies and the provincial government. Dozens have passed bylaws and motions and resolutions, they’ve written to the Premier, held demonstrations and more…it all fell on deaf ears.

Let’s hope the Premier is genuine and that now, what communities want–what the PEOPLE want–will really count for something.

In the meantime, e-mail your elected municipal representative and tell him/her what your wishes are. In North Gower/Richmond that is Mr Scott Moffatt, at scott.moffatt@ottawa.ca

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The news arrived on Monday that the appeal of the assessment on a Wolfe Island property owned by Ed and Gail Kenney had failed, and MPAC–Ontario’s assessment agency–declared there to be no effect on property value from the proximity of industrial wind turbines.

The Kenneys have several turbines within a kilometer of their waterfront property and 36 within several kilometers. They sought to have the assessment of their property reduced, which would mean a reduction in taxes.

Te reaction of a normal, sensible person would be that to claim NO effect on value is preposterous.

But there was a lot at stake here. Here are the facts of the case:

-the Kenneys represented themselves; on the other side, MPAC had a slew of expensive lawyers and the wind power developer hired similar talent for the township

-the Kenneys tried to call witnesses to attest to the environmental noise, i.e., a negative factor in the property value, but these witnesses such as Dr John Harrison, were disallowed

-if the Kenneys’ case had succeeded, it would have opened the floodgates to a torrent of assessment appeals, as hundreds of properties throughout war-torn Ontario are now seeing diminuition of property value. Therefore, it could NOT succeed.

The Kenneys say they are regrouping and considering their next steps, but at the Town Hall hosted by MPP Todd Smith in Picton recently, Mrs Kenney appealed to everyone to file an assessment appeal. At the least, such a flood of appeals would clog the system, but at best, someone, somewhere will succeed.

The truth is on our side.

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Here from a recent edition of Ontario Farmer:

Dear Editor:

It was good to see Sylvia and John Wiggins suing the landowner over wind turbines. [The Wiggins are suing for over a million dollars in lost property value for their home and equestrian operation in the Clearview area, which will be next to three wind turbines.] My wife and I intend on doing the same if they are successful. These greedy landowners, with multiple land parcels, sign up for turbines but never near their own residences. These people are not really neighbours, nor friends.

Our property and residence will be devalued and our health and wellbeing may be plagued with endless ill effects. We were here first and should not have to be subject to this folly. If the Wiggins’ lawsuit succeeds, it will open the floodgates to a huge number of lawsuits.

These inefficient and not-needed turbines are an example of Toronto politicians running roughshod over rural Ontario. McGuinty has put us deeper in debt and has done more damage to rural Ontario than any other premier.

…Europe is currently stopping and/or cutting back on all wind and solar projects as they have proven to be uneconomical, unreliable, inefficient and too expensive, not at all what they were originally supposed to do.

Ray and Louise Brown, Mitchell’s Bay

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Word is getting around: the very successful branding of wind power by the global wind power development industry as “clean” and “green” and “good” is finally giving over to some common sense.

Industrial-scale wind power is not good for the environment, it doesn’t save lives (if Ontario wanted to turn off its remaining coal plants because they are killing people, it could. Right now. Today.) and it is a job killer, not a job creator.

This week’s Manotick Messenger editorial by Jeff Morris puts Ontario’s push for wind power in the context of Ontario’s financial picture. “Aside from basic mismanagement,” Morris writes, “one of the black holes of tax money is the government’s wind energy program.

“As one Conservative politician told us this week, the wind energy situation is ‘like the government paying $100 for a loaf of bread, and buying unlimited loaves of bread, then turning around and boasting about how many bakery jobs they have created.’

“Simply put,” Morris concludes, “wind energy was a good idea, but it doesn’t work. It’s impractical. It’s too expensive. People don’t want it. Nobody can afford it.”

In our view, wind power (the wind itself is the energy which can be converted into power) at this scale was never a good idea: smaller scale applications work fine, but the colossal wind turbines at 400+ feet (what’s proposed for Ottawa is 600+ feet) are overkill, and do not belong in populated areas.

Mr Morris bemoans the state of Ontario’s finances but then says he doesn’t want an election. How are we going to get out of this mess if the McGuinty Liberals aren’t taught the only lesson they will ever understand? Total defeat at the polls.

Because the chances of them looking realistically at what they’ve done, and heeding the advice of Ontario’s own Auditor General and consultant Don Drummond, and deciding, Hey, we made a mistake, folks, sorry! are very very slim.

It is time for an election. Ontario simply cannot continue its downward slide under this government.

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P.S. We are often asked if the wind power generation project planned for the North Gower/Richmond area of Ottawa will affect Manotick. Yes. At 626 feet or 190 meters with flashing red lights, the wind power factory will certainly be visible from a great distance. Health effects are being observed due to the environmental noise the machines produce at distances as great as 5 km. And bear in mind, the 8-10 turbines proposed would be just the start. Wolfe Island was supposed to be 20, it’s now 86; Kincardine’s Arnow projects was 40, it’s now 90; Shelburne was supposed to be a few dozen, they now have over 100 with dozens more proposed.

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Ontario municipalities might be forgiven for overlooking one teensy negative aspect of industrial wind power generation facilities. It’s difficult to think 20 years down the road when the wind power developers and the Ontario government are putting photos of bucolic agricultural landscapes where dairy cattle graze right up to the base of a turbine (no houses in sight). There is no suggestion whatsoever of what the colossal structures might look like in a decade or so, when they are past their life span and nobody wants them any more.

All around the world, most notably in California and Hawaii, wind turbines stand rusting and rotorless, hideous scarred icons of greed.

It’s expensive to take them down. In South Branch, 30 minutes down the road from Ottawa/North Gower/Richmond, the wind power developer Prowind estimates that decommissioning costs for the 15 turbines will be in the region of $600,000. Or, said project manager Juan Anderson, perkily, “You can take them down yourself and get the value of the scrap!”

This is absurd for several reasons: first, the wind developers tend to be gone by the time the turbine structures are done with and second, there may be some value to the scrap, but not much, and any value there is could be offset by the horrendous costs of dealing with all the toxic elements such as the gallons and gallons of hydraulic fluids in the nacelle.

Wellington Times editor Rick Conroy relates the struggle in Prince Edward County to get Council to realize that decommissioning is a cost that could land on the municipality’s doorstep–and have to be paid for by the taxpayers. His column from the April 4th issue is valuable information on this and several other aspects of wind power generation.

The article is here: http://wellingtontimes.ca/takedown/

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Photo: abandoned wind turbines in Hawaii. There are more than 14,000 abandoned and derelict turbines in the United States alone.

http://denglerimages.photoshelter.com/image/I0000eLa6MrmyQqY

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The North Gower Wind Action Group supports the Private Member’s Bill being presented in the Ontario Legislature tomorrow, March 22.

The bill calls for an immediate cancellation of the Feed In Tariff or FIT program, a return of local land-use planning controls,  and a moratorium on all industrial wind projects.

Note that once again, taxpayer-supported environmental groups like Environmental Defence are framing this as “anti-environment” and urging MPPs to vote against it.

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