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A standing-room-only meeting was held last evening in Picton Ontario about the proposed wind power generation development, to be situated on the southern shore of Prince Edward County at Ostrander Point.

This is madness: as many as 750,000 birds travel through there during migration periods. It is a very, very important bird area–and yet, the province seems to think it’s OK to turn this place into a wind power factory.

For a fuller report, go to http://www.windconcernsontario.ca

For more information on the birds and other life in danger, go to: http://naturestuff.net/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=137&Itemid=33

The Ontario government says its push for wind power is all about health and the environment; clearly, nothing could be further from the truth.

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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It’s been obvious for some time that the approvals process for industrial wind projects is a rubber stamp: there is NO oversight on the so-called environmental assessments that companies do for their applications for Renewable Energy…in fact, some of the consultants who do the environmental screening are themselves wind power developers, such as M.K. Ince.

But the corporate developers are now so emboldened by the government’s sweeping approvals of these huge industrial projects that they don’t let process delay them. For example, Kent Breeze went ahead even though there was an appeal before a tribunal; in fact by the time the decision was handed down, the project was pretty much built.

And now, in Prince Edward County, the Gilead project appears to have begun construction for its project proposed for Ostrander Point even though there is an application to the MInistry of Natural Resources for an exemption to “kill, maim and harrass” at least two endangered species. This past holiday weekend, brush hogging began in advance of access road contruction.

Nature Canada and other groups are opposed to this project because of the area’s standing as a globally important bird habitat.

Here is a posting from a colleague group, CSAGE.

MNR allows damaging pre-construction activity at Ostrander Point prior to MOE decision on Gilead wind project

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During the week of August 29, 2011 and continuing on the Labour Day long weekend, significant activity was reported at Ostrander Point, the proposed site of Gilead Power’s wind project.  Upon investigation, it was determined that a company called X-Tech Explosive Decontamination Inc. had established a work site there.

This company has been contracted by Defence Construction Canada, a Crown corporation, to survey for and remove any unexploded ordnance remaining from the site’s use for training  during World War II.  According to the contract, this activity is clearly in preparation for and support of construction activity for the wind energy facility.

We had been assured previously by both the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) that no work would be permitted on the site unless and until both the access road application and the Renewable Energy Application (REA) had been approved.  To date, there have been no such approvals.

MNR has issued a permit resulting in significant disturbance of the site by X-Tech, including the clearing of vegetation and the creation of parking areas , an administrative area, new roads and storage areas which are in addition to the locations where the proposed access road, turbines, transformer station and other parking lots are planned.

Neither Gilead’s draft construction plan nor MNR’s environmental assessment and categorization took into account these additional
disturbances.  The cumulative impacts to the Ostrander Point property continue to mount.

MNR and MOE are not following their own processes.   Both ministries are eroding further any remaining credibility they had regarding protection of the natural environment.

We believe that all disturbances on the site should be halted until a final decision has been made by MNR on the access road application and by MOE on the REA application.

We urge the community to call or write:

Orville Walsh, Chair
County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy
info@ccsage.ca

waupoos

Ostrander Point, Prince Edward County, Ontario

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E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

 

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The war is on: industry is angry about the moratorium on offshore wind projects and about the government’s statement that it can’t hook up hundreds of micr-FiT solar projects to the grid. So, the letters and insults are flying. Here is an interesting letter from last week’s Ontario Farmer.

Here are a few contrary facts about wind energy

Dear editor:

The emotionally charged opposition referred to in Mr. Netherway’s letter [on] the proliferation of large scale industrial wind farms in rural and natural Ontario demonstrates the passion with thich residents object to the industrialization of the rural landscape. And for what, as Mr Netherway points out,a few will benefit financially but to the detriment of others.

Mr. Netherway states that the opposition to industrial wind farms by rural residents is based on fear and misinformation but he does not elaborate. Here are just a few facts:

1. Contrary to what is indicated in Mr. Netherway’s letter, Minister Duguid has indicated that gas-fired peak power plants will be necessary to back up industrial wind turbines. Gas fired power plants use a form of fossil fuel. Each wind turbine requires 500 gallons of oil, another fossil fuel.

2. The province will be blanketed with industrial wind farms–numbers between 7,000 to 10,000 or even more have been bandied about by government officials.

3. There is no grand plan of design where these industrial wind farms should be sited. They will checkerboard and fragment the landscape. They can be placed anywhere and there are plans for projects on the Oak Ridges Moraine, Ostrander Point, Thunder Bay’s Nor’Wester Escarpment, Ouimet Canyon provincial Park, Lake Superior Park, Montreal River Harbour NAture Reserve, Mica Bay Wilderness Park, BayNiche Conservancy, Manitoulin Island, Georgina Island, the Niagara Escarpment, and Point Pelee to name a few; all areas with sensitive eco-systems.

4. Each industrial wind turbine requires a cleared area of approximately 10 acres. In India, 300,000 trees were felled for an access road to accommodate one wind farm. How many trees will be felled in Ontario> Trees are carbon sinks.

5. The generators used in industrial wind turbines each require a half ton of rare earth material called neodymium. The material is mined in China where mining operations have killed farmland for miles around, made thousands of people ill and put one of China’s key waterways in jeopardy. A horrific truth about how “green” industrial wind turbines are can be found in this report: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1350811/In-China-true-cost-Britains-clean-wind-power-experiment-Polluion-disastrous-scale.html

6. Ducks Unlimited, Lake Ontario Waterkeepers, Toronto Regional Conservation Authority, Canada Nature [sic–it is Nature Canada] and Ontario Nature are all seeking a moratorium on industrial wind turbines until independent scientific studies have been conducted. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture, which represents farmers who rent their land to wind farming companies, has called for a moratorium on new turbines until an independent health study can be done.

7. Industrial wind turbines have a lifespan of maybe 20 years. From an interview with Peter Clibbons, CEO of Renewable Energy Resources, March 30th, 2009″ “One thing to remember is that turbines only last 20 years before you have to swap them out. If we invent something much cleverer that wind energy, things can be balanced in a different way.” Q: Was the number 20…just agreed upon as a reasonable number to set because of wear and tear on the towers? Clibbons: “That’s exactly right. It is the fatigue design life of wind turbines. They are basically so rattled apart after 20 years that you have to swap all the major components.”

8.Denmark, often cited as the leader in wind energy, declared a moratorium on further land-based wind turbines in September 2010 due to a massive public outcry.

9. The tonnage for the cement bases at approximately 1,000 tonnes comes fromthe documents issued by various wind companies. Each turbine base required approximately 45 truckloads of cement. Worldwide, the cement industry is the second-largest CO2 emitting industry behind power generation.

In conversation with a wind company project manager, the manager stated that there is no reason why wind farms cannot be built in urban areas…however, he ended by saying that no wind company would even dream of submitting a project for an urban area to the government for approval. Wonder why?

–Janet Zednik, Campbellcroft, Ontario

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