Carmen Krogh U Waterloo presentation

Carmen Krogh awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal by MP Cheryl Gallant
Carmen Krogh awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal by MP Cheryl Gallant

For those who missed it, here is a link to the presentation made by Carmen Krogh this past week at the University of Waterloo.

The livelink from the University of Waterloo, Ontario seminar of May 7, 2014 is available at http://new.livestream.com/itmsstudio/events/2968290

Carmen has also made available a copy of the presentation slides available here. University of Waterloo Seminar May 7 2014 FINAL 3

Thanks to the University of Waterloo for hosting this important event.

US-based NextEra racks up wind power project number 7 with Jericho approval

Middlesex-Lambton community group considering an appeal

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment issued a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) earlier this week for the company’s proposal to build a 150-megawatt wind farm spanning Lambton Shores, Warwick Township and North Middlesex.

Some final details still need to be worked out, but construction of the Jericho Wind Energy Centre is expected to begin as soon as possible, said Ben Greenhouse, director of development with Nextera Energy Canada.

The project has been in the works since 2008, he said, and was submitted for ministry approval 14 months ago.

“We’re excited,” he said, noting a laydown yard — headquarters for construction — will soon be built on Thomson Line, north of Jericho Road and south of Northville Road.

But not everyone is enthused about the approval.

Lambton Shores resident Marcelle Brooks, with the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group, has been a vocal opponent of the project.

It was a sad day when she saw the approval, she said.

“It was just devastating that our voices simply aren’t being heard.”

Concerns raised about whether turbines are being set back the required 550 metres from residential properties, and environmental concerns about nesting eagles near powerlines, haven’t been adequately addressed, she contends.

Concerns have also been raised about wind turbines affecting tundra swan migration, and the potential health impacts to people living nearby.

Brooks said she was planning to convene a meeting Wednesday with people affected by the project — connecting to Hydro One’s distribution system — to talk about options.

Read the full story here

 

Farm owners expose serious conflict in ON gov’t wind turbine guidelines

Prince Edward County farm owners Doug and Janet Murphy, have written a letter to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, asking a question that exposes a serious conflict between the Environment and Agriculture ministries, regarding the placement of wind turbines.

According to documentation from Agriculture, farm owners are advised NOT to erect wind turbines near routes for migratory birds. And yet, say the Murphys, the Ministry of the Environment is not only allowing the siting of the White Pines project in Prince Edward County, it is encouraging it.

The Murphys are demanding an explanation and further, that plans to approve the project by wpd Canada be halted.

View the letter from the Murphys murphyletter scan here.

Citizens expect Ontario gov’t to protect wildlife: poll

Ontario citizens want wildlife protected from wind power plants

Monday, Feb 24, 2014

TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2014 /CNW/ – Ontario citizens expect government to protect wildlife, according to a recent poll. Results of an online public poll hosted by Wind Concerns Ontario showed that 97.38 percent of the more than 1,300 people responding said they did not support the killing of birds and animals for wind power development.

“We think Ontario citizens are unaware of the government’s policy on wildlife, even endangered species, and wind power,” said Jane Wilson, president, Wind Concerns Ontario. “They don’t know that wind power developers are allowed to show that the ‘overall benefit’ of their projects trumps the need to protect birds and animals.”

At the Ostrander Point wind power project to be built on Crown land, the developer proposed to build a “compensation area” for endangered Blanding’s turtles, Wilson said. “We’re not sure how the turtles were going to get the message about that,” Wilson said. “The real message is, this government supports wind power developers, no matter what the cost.”

SOURCE Wind Concerns Ontario
windconcerns@gmail.com

Poll results: Ontario says NO to killing birds, animals for wind power

The results are in: Ontario citizens expect their government to protect endangered and at-risk species of wildlife and don’t buy the belief that wind power development has an “overall benefit” that outweighs the need to protect wildlife.
Last year, US energy giant Next Era (Florida Power and Light) received a permit to move a Bald Eagle nest in Haldimand County; subsequent changes to Ontario legislation mean that now, wind power developers do not need permits for such actions.
“We don’t think the citizens of Ontario are aware that the Ontario government is supporting the wind power developers over the environment,” says Wind Concerns Ontario president Jane Wilson. “The people of Ontario believe that the government should be protecting the environment, especially wildlife, but the government seems to be placing the interests of big power developers ahead.”

 Here are the results of a public Poll hosted by Wind Concerns Ontario during February.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources issued a permit for a wind power developer to kill Blanding’s turtles, a species at risk in Ontario, so it could build a wind power plant on Ostrander’s Point in Prince Edward County, a recognized Important Bird Area as well. The move was opposed by Nature Canada, the Sierra Club and others. Now, the Ministry no longer requires permits for wind developers to harm wildlife, even Endangered and at-risk species such as migratory birds and other forms of wildlife. Do you approve of Ontario’s birds and animals being killed to make way for large wind power generation projects?
  • Answered: 1,336
  • Skipped: 0

YesNo
0%20%40%60%80%100%
Yes
2.62%
35
No
97.38%
1,301
Total Respondents: 1,336

Sacrifice endangered species in Ontario for wind? You say NO

Our poll is now closed; the results are below.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources issued a permit for a wind power developer to kill Blanding’s turtles, a species at risk in Ontario, so it could build a wind power plant on Ostrander’s Point in Prince Edward County, a recognized Important Bird Area as well. The move was opposed by Nature Canada, the Sierra Club and others. Now, the Ministry no longer requires permits for wind developers to harm wildlife, even Endangered and at-risk species such as migratory birds and other forms of wildlife. Do you approve of Ontario’s birds and animals being killed to make way for large wind power generation projects?
  • Answered: 1,335
  • Skipped: 0

YesNo
0%20%40%60%80%100%
Yes
2.62%
35
No
97.38%
1,300
Total Respondents: 1,335

Endangered Species poll closes today

LAST DAY!!!

Ontario endangering wildlife for wind power: do you agree? 

 

Ontario says the “overall benefit” of wind power justifies killing even endangered species of wildlife. What do you think? 

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources issued a permit for a wind power developer to kill Blanding’s turtles, a species at risk in Ontario, so it could build a wind power plant on Ostrander’s Point in Prince Edward County, a recognized Important Bird Area as well. The move was opposed by Nature Canada, the Sierra Club and others. Now, the Ministry no longer requires permits for wind developers to harm wildlife, even Endangered and at-risk species such as migratory birds and other forms of wildlife. Do you approve of Ontario’s birds and animals being killed to make way for large wind power generation projects? 

Ontario endangering wildlife for wind power: do you agree?

Our poll is still open!

Ontario says the “overall benefit” of wind power justifies killing even endangered species of wildlife. What do you think? 

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources issued a permit for a wind power developer to kill Blanding’s turtles, a species at risk in Ontario, so it could build a wind power plant on Ostrander’s Point in Prince Edward County, a recognized Important Bird Area as well. The move was opposed by Nature Canada, the Sierra Club and others. Now, the Ministry no longer requires permits for wind developers to harm wildlife, even Endangered and at-risk species such as migratory birds and other forms of wildlife. Do you approve of Ontario’s birds and animals being killed to make way for large wind power generation projects? 
Results to February 13, 2014.

YesNo
0%20%40%60%80%100%
Yes
2.48%
31
No
97.52%
1,219
Total Respondents: 1,250

Take the poll! Should wildlife be endangered for wind power?

The poll continues!!!! Please vote!

In less than 1 day, we have over 600 votes, 98% say NO to endangering Ontario’s wildlife.

Many people don’t know that the Ontario government believes so strongly that the “overall benefit” of wind power is such that it outweighs any danger to at-risk and even endangered species of wildlife in the province.

What do you think?

Take our poll, here.