Samsung’s giant Armow project approved, councillor angry

Bayshore news:

Armow Wind Project Approved

Thursday, October 10, 2013 6:00 AM by John Divinski
Councillor Faubert calls it a sad day that has left her depressed and angry.
MP3 - click to open

click to open MP3 version
or click the play button to listen now.

(Kincardine) -The Armow Wind Project has been approved by the province.

Kincardine councillors found out about it, just before Wednesday’s meeting and some are not happy.

Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Renewable Holdings, developers of the Armow Wind Project, got the green light late Wednesday afternoon from the Ontario Environment ministry.

The approval allows the project to consist of 92 industrial turbines which is a reduction from the 98 they had planned.

Mayor Larry Kraemer says personally, he’s not really for or against the turbines but he knows there will be controversy over the provincial decision but realistically, it wasn’t unexpected.

Kraemer says the municipality will now work closely with the Armow people to make sure Kincardine’s wind development policies are adhered to and that both sides honour the spirit of the agreement.

Kincardine councillor Jacqueline Faubert was not so diplomatic in her reaction calling it a sad day that has left her depressed and angry.

Faubert says the provincial government defends its billion-dollar move of two gas-fired electricity plants because they didn’t want to put them in a community that would not welcome them.

Yet Kincardine and Bruce County have declared themselves unwilling hosts to industrial turbines but the developments continue.

There’s been no comment from the wind farm developer but last August the company indicated that if approval came in the Fall, they’d like to start construction of the turbines next year.

Under terms of the approval, Armow has three-years to construct the turbines, many of which will be located near the Kincardine Airport, which has created controversy in the past.

The view from Brinston: aren’t they “green”?

A local pilot photographed the activity from the air, and we bring you a photo of what a turbine construction site looks like from above. This is just ONE turbine and actual construction on it has not really begun.

 

What’s interesting about Brinston is that the wind power project, which was opposed by local residents, represented by WCO member South Branch Wind Opposition Group, will be up and running next spring, just months before Ontario’s municipal election in October, 2014.

By then, residents will be experiencing the brunt of what it’s like to live near 500-foot, 3-megawatt turbines.

We’re sure that experience will help them make decisions as to whom to vote for on the South Dundas Council. Despite numerous well-researched presentations by local resident, many councillors just threw up their hands and said, there is nothing we can do. Or worse, they actively supported the power project, citing the wind industry claims of job creation and benefits to the community.

Time will tell.

69!!! Not a Willing Host communities in Ontario

Billings Township (on Manitoulin Island) passed a resolution on September 16 to the effect it will not accept the installation of any industrial wind turbines.The council said it required assurance that the power generators were “benign.”

This is the most recent municipality to declare its non-acceptance of huge wind power projects since the Premier first stated earlier this year that her government would only put wind power projects in communities that were willing. It is important to note that these 69 communities are members of the 90 or so Ontario communities that could be involved in wind power.

 

 

 

Charter Challenge info meeting October 8

Join the Oppose Belwood Wind Farm group on Tuesday, October 8th for an important meeting about legal strategy.

 

Here from leader Janet Vallery:

Over the past several years many rural communities have been investigating their legal options in the fight against wind industrialization. Recently there has been a development that could be beneficial to all communities led by Barrister Julian Falconer.  The case is based on the merits of a Charter Challenge of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 

Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.”  The Appeal states the right to security of a person and principles of fundamental justice have been violated.

 

Julian will be joining us in Belwood by teleconference to provide details on the case and the progress made to date.

 

This is an opportunity to get first hand information on the status of the case as well as to discuss how we can work together to raise the necessary funds to support it.  The Belwood group is organizing this meeting because they believe the claim is a viable legal option.  After the presentation, their community will vote to determine financial support.  Other communities at risk from wind turbines are welcome to participate as the legal action has the potential to benefit all of us in rural Ontario.

 

Place:       Pine Meadows Retirement Community (Grand Hall)

Address:  8473 Wellington County Road 19 (between Fergus and Belwood on the north side of Lake Belwood)

Time:       7:00pm

Date:        Tuesday October 8th

 

If you plan on attending please contact Janet Vallery at jvallery@everus.ca