A summary of the appeal of the Environmental Review Tribunal decision, on the Ostrander Point wind power project. Ostrander Point is an Important Bird Area and home to several endangered or at-risk species.
The citizens of Prince Edward County–with support from people all over Ontario–go to court this month to protect the endangered Blandings Turtle from the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and a wind developer.
Consumers will continue to pay and pay and pay with Ontario’s continuing push for expensive, unreliable wind power
Premier Wynne is greeted by Manvers citizens who do not want wind power projects near their homes
Ottawa Wind Concerns petitions Ottawa City Hall to declare North Gower community Not A Willing Host to proposed 20-MW wind power generation project.
Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says that “significant” expression of municipal approval is necessary for approval of wind “farms” in Ontario in future, under a new application process.
A community in Ottawa’s rural south wants to be declared Not a Willing Host to a proposed wind power project
In a letter published in The Ottawa Citizen today (but not available online) Wind Concerns Ontario vice-president Parker Gallant writes:
Ottawa Citizen, October 18, 2013
Peddling empty promises
RE: Angry Ontarians talk turkey with Wynne over $1B gas plant bill, Oct. 10
On the same day that Ontario’s new Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk, released her report on the Oakville gas plant cancellation, Ontario’s Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli tried to deflect the bad news in a news release headlined “Ontario Improving Decision-Making on Large Energy Projects.” In it was a link to 18 recommendations by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
The recommendations were fluff. Words like “outreach,” “understand,” and “enhance,” were used but nowhere was any mention of returning local planning to the communities where these large power projects are to be sited.
Minister Chiarelli declared that “We want to get these decisions right … we are committed to ensuring communities have their say right from the start.”
Sending out a news release dealing with siting power projects on the same day that the Auditor General disclosed that the cost of moving the Oakville gas plant cost the ratepayers and taxpayers of the province $675 million, is not just an admission that they got the siting process horribly wrong, it pretends it is being fixed.
The truth is, the Ministry of Energy remains firmly in charge and will decide what it wants. To tell Ontario communities that they will “have their say from the start” is insulting. In just four days in early October, approvals for three more huge wind power generation projects were announced, the largest with a capacity of 180 MW. All these were without community consultation.
Mr Chiarelli is peddling more empty promises to detract from the mess that the Ontario Liberals have made of what used to be a competitive electricity sector.
Wind Concerns Ontario
Rex Murphy on Dalton McGuinty and his government’s decision to spend over a billion of taxpayer dollars to save Liberal seats: “venality”
The coalition of Not a Willing Host communities is now at 71; they demand that the Ontario government stop denying the many problems associated with large-scale wind power generation projects.