Wind Concerns Ontario is a province-wide advocacy organization whose mission is to provide information on the potential impact of industrial-scale wind power generation on the economy, human health, and the natural environment.
Dear Town of Plympton-Wyoming Supporters, As you are probably aware, Suncor is challenging the Town of Plympton-Wyoming’s By-laws in Court on Wednesday. Council implemented these by-laws to protect US! They are designed to protect us financially and designed to protect our health. PLEASE, PLEASE, SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION of Council’s actions on Wednesday with your attendance. Where: Sarnia Court House – 700 Christina N, Sarnia, ON N7V 3C2 Map Parking: on-site When:8:30-9:30 a.m. Demonstration of Support – Bring Your Signs! Main Entrance, Not on Court House Property 9:30-10:00 a.m.Place signs in vehicles and proceed through security to Court Room. Prepare to empty purses and don’t carry anything that won’t allow you through security. 10:00 a.m. Court case begins – remember we are a professional group and will demonstrate respect for the judge and the court system. Sign Suggestions (Please be creative!): OUR HEROES – PLYMPTON-WYOMING COUNCIL DEMOCRACY AND Plympton-Wyoming COUNCIL VS SUNCOR & GEA SUNCOR – WE ARE BEGGING YOU, DO THE RIGHT THING, CANCEL! SUNCOR – SHOW LEADERSHIP IN ONTARIO – CANCEL THIS PROJECT! SUNCOR – OUR COUNCIL SPEAKS FOR US – NOT TORONTO SUNCOR – PLEASE DONT HURT US! WE ARE BEGGING YOU! SUNCOR – SHOW LEADERSHIP – RESPECT THE LITTLE GUY/OUR COUNTY Please LIKE US on Facebook Page www.WAIT-PW.ca
Three out of five turbines in the West Lincoln Glanbrook wind power project do not comply with provincially regulated setbacks; the local community group is demanding the project be haled and its approval rescinded
POLAND: The Polish wind power sector is concerned about a controversial proposal amending Poland’s construction law to exclude wind power installations less than 3 kilometres from homes and forested areas.
If the law is passed, wind projects will be limited to locations that are at least 3 kilometers from residential properties and forest areas. Such a requirement would eliminate a great majority of suitable locations, according to the Polish Wind PowerAssociation and several other lobby groups.
Despite having been tabled by opposition party Law and Justice (PiS), the proposal appears to have the support of the ruling Citizens‘ Platform (PO) party, whose leader and prime minister Donald Tusk said recently that Poland could not afford too much renewable energy.
During a recent reading in parliament, MPs from both PO and PiS voted in favour of further work on the proposal.
The justification for the proposal reads that there are concerns that wind turbines have a negative effect on human health and that their presence causes land prices to drop. Read the full news story and comment here.
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.
There was a motion put forward at the Ontario Federation of Agriculture convention today, to ask the Province of Ontario to put setbacks between “noise receptors” (otherwise known as “homes”) at 1,000 meters instead of the current 550 meters. The motion failed in a vote lost by three votes, convention attendees tell us. Key players in the defeat of the motion were delegates from Chatham-Kent, who claimed that there was not enough scientific evidence to support the demand.
Judge Orders Falmouth to Run Wind Turbines on 12-Hour Schedule
By: Christopher Kazarian, November 22, 2013 Cape News
GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE – Two of Falmouth’s wind turbines, one at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility (left) and the other at the Falmouth Technology Park, as viewed from the Chapoquoit Beach parking lot.
Barnstable Superior Court Judge Christopher J. Muse has ordered the town to operate its wind turbines at the Wastewater Treatment Facility for 12 hours per day except on Sundays starting today.
The preliminary injunction was filed late last night and requires the town to turn off the machines from 7 PM to 7 AM daily. Additionally, Judge Muse’s decision calls on the turbines to be turned off on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
The move follows what was a supposed agreement reached two weeks ago in Barnstable Superior Court between Falmouth’s attorneys and lawyers representing neighbors living near the turbines. That agreement—to reduce the operating hours of the turbines from 16 hours per day to 12 hours per day as a temporary move toward a more comprehensive settlement—was tied to the town’s appeal of the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals decision in May upholding Neil P. and Elizabeth Andersen’s claim that the wind turbines constitute a nuisance. The Andersens live near the turbines on Blacksmith Shop Road and have been outspoken in their criticism of the machines and impacts they have had on their lives shortly after the first, Wind 1, became operational in March 2010.
Since that time selectmen have refused to return to the 12-hour operating schedule, something that the board’s chairman Brent V.W. Putnam announced at Town Meeting last Wednesday.
This morning Town Counsel Frank K. Duffy Jr. said he was unsure why the board could not come to an agreement on the matter. “In the end we wound up exactly where we would have been, turning them on from 7 AM to 7 PM,” he said.
In his ruling Judge Muse wrote that the “town’s actions, (or inactions), require this court to employ its direction in ruling upon the Andersens’ motion…”
He later noted that the Andersens “have a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their position that the ZBA’s decision that both turbines created a nuisance” and that if the court did not file a preliminary injunction “the Andersens will suffer irreparable physical and psychological harm.”
Judge Muse said that while the town may suffer financial penalties for the reduced energy production of its turbines, the Andersens would benefit from his proposed operational model, noting that “they will experience sufficient periods of time to sleep and relax in their home, with a commensurate increase in the use and enjoyment of their impacted property.”
Mr. Duffy said the town has the right to appeal Judge Muse’s injunction within 30 days. He said he believed that Town Manager Julian M. Suso would be asking selectmen to hold an executive session to discuss that matter further.
If the board does not vote to file an appeal, he said, Falmouth would have to wait until Judge Muse either releases the preliminary injunction or the court case goes to trial. Mr. Duffy said this case is not scheduled to go to trial until December 2014 at the earliest. “For what it is worth we will continue talking to neighbors about reaching a solution,” he said.