Energy, Environment ministers promise action on wind turbine problems

“We get it” ministers tell community leaders from Ontario rural communities

Minister of Environment Rod Phillips tells rural residents the government is taking action on Ontario’s wind turbine problems: it won’t happen overnight, but we are working on it. L-R MPP Daryl Kramp, Energy Minister Greg Rickford, Environment Minister Rod Phillips, WCO president Jane Wilson, MPP Goldie Ghamari [Photo courtesy MPP Goldie Ghamari]
June 2, 2019

Ontario’s Minister of Energy and Northern Development Greg Rickford attended an event at Queen’s Park sponsored by MPP Daryl Kramp (Hastings-Lennox and Addington) and hosted by Wind Concerns Ontario this week with his colleague Rod Phillips, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

Minister Rickford said the two are working together on responding to citizen concerns and reports of noise and other adverse effects from the thousands of industrial-scale wind turbines that were forced on Ontario communities by the McGuinty-Wynne governments.

“It won’t happen overnight,” Minister Rickford said, but we are dedicated to helping communities with concerns and problems with wind turbines.

In recent days, the environment ministry has determined that two large wind power projects are not in compliance with provincial noise regulations. K2 Wind is out of compliance and now the subject of a Director’s Order to implement a noise abatement plan within the next two weeks, and further, to establish firm dates for new audits to demonstrate compliance to the revised noise protocol by mid-July.

The Director has also stipulated that K2 Wind, which is owned now by Axium Infrastructure, must review resident complaints as part of its response.

The Order, the requirements for immediate noise abatement, and the acknowledgement of resident concerns mark a significant departure from how complaints were managed by the previous government, which treated the wind power operators as their “Client” and failed to respond to the majority of complaints. Response to complaints about noise and other effects is a requirement of Renewable Energy Approvals.

The “Windlectric” project on Amherst Island was also determined to be out of compliance; Wind Concerns Ontario is unaware of a Director’s Order for that project.

The Energy Minister said that cancelling the contracts with wind power operators was difficult and likely not possible, but the government was taking other action to deal with problems. Minister Phillips said they are very aware of the problems being experienced.

“We need more material from you,” he said, speaking to community leaders from across Ontario.

Many of the MPPs who have wind turbines in their ridings attended the event including Lisa Thompson (MInister of Education), Rick Nicholls (Deputy Speaker), Laurie Scott (Minister of Labour), Sam Oosterhoff, Jeff Yurek (Minister of Transportation) and of course, Daryl Kramp, who sponsored the information event. Other MPPs attending were Daisy Wai, Belinda Kalaharios, Michael Parsa, Robin Martin and Effie Triantafilopolous (both Parliamentary Assistants to the Minister of Health), Dave Smith, Doug Downey, Goldie Ghamari, Logan Kanapathi, Vijay Thanigasala, Will Bouma, Jim McDonell, and Jane McKenna.

Senior staff members for MPPs also attended the event.

“When the Green Energy Act was passed in 2009, Premier Dalton McGuinty promised action to address any concerns about health and safety associated with wind turbines,” said WCO president Jane Wilson. “That’s not what happened — today, we have thousands upon thousands of complaints filed with government about noise and other effects, and the former government did almost nothing.”

Minister Lisa Thompson, who was environment critic while the PC party was in Opposition, told WCO president Jane Wilson, “I think about this every single day–I have been with you from the beginning.”

MPP Rick Nicholls, who has many turbines in his Chatham-Kent riding, said the reality of wind turbines has resonated with the public which no longer believes the mythology about impact-free, “green” wind power generators. He referred to the defeat of the pro-wind Chatham-Kent mayor as a sign of the public’s changed attitude.

“I think they get it that there are concerns,” said Stewart Halliday of Grey Highlands, who is vice-chair of the Multi-Municipal Wind Turbine Working Group, and who came to represent municipal concerns about noise and safety issues. “They reassured us and now they are starting to take action with K2 and Amherst Island.”

Posters were presented around the room, outlining major concerns and suggestions for government action. A slide show featured pictures from wind turbine projects all over Ontario including Amherst Island, Bow Lake, K2 Wind, Bluewater, Belle River, and Chatham-Kent.

A WCO member and resident of West Lincoln wrote to WCO after the event to say “spirits were uplifted” for area residents after the ministers’ statements and recent actions by the MECP.

 

 

 

 

Comments

Andre Lauzon
Reply

It is good to see this gov’t is taking the complaints seriously. I was having doubts as to their willingness to tackle the problems.

Thanks Jane, please keep up the good work.

Wind Concerns Ontario
Reply

It will be important to respond to the Environment Minister’s request, and to keep filing complaints about noise/vibration/water etc.

Stan Thayer
Reply

Simple explanation for the PC hands in the air don’t shoot I’m just the messenger attitude.
Kathleen Wynne knows what her party decisions did to the Ontario infrastructure.
To their defense I will say it probably was the better of the choices they created then couldn’t back out of.
The out of province and out of country influences must be considered because the Ontario economy is what’s at stake.
I thank everyone, anyone, PC or other, who are attempting to contain this Ontario financial bleeding.
It is sad buy I see no way for the Ontario energy portfolio, “NOT”, to be unnecessarily costly for generations to come.
IWT’S are just one hole in the dam that could be plugged!
Stan

Stan Thayer
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When did Ontario become the 51st state?
Why do we have a surplus of power and why do we pay to supply the other states with it?
Let’s ask Kathleen Wynne!
During the second hour of this morning, June 8th 2019, the give away price for Ontario electricity was $59.29 /MWH. It is by far the highest I have ever witnessed.
The nukes were feathered back!
The dams along the Ottawa river system and the tributaries of Mattawa and Madawaska were spilling with little production and some with no generation output at all.
Like I have stated in the past, the, “green”, in, “green energy”, means money not ecologically friendly renewable energy.
Industrial Wind Turbines can be troublesome but sometimes the ROI can get real interesting.
Beyond any investors wildest dreams!
It should get even better when the IESO splits up the Ontario grids.
It is a wonderful time to be a lawyer in Ontario!
Stan

Richard Mann
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Dear WCO and others:

I have important information about health harm from infrasound, and our government refuses to meet me.

May I request that I attend (either in person or by teleconference) any future meetings.
If anyone can lobby for a meeting on this urgent ongoing health issue, I welcome your help.

Thanks,
Richard Mann
University of Waterloo
https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~mannr/Wind_Turbines.html

Wind Concerns Ontario
Reply

Have they “refused” to meet you, or just not responded? Again, have you approached your MPP for help?

Richard Mann
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Dear WCO:

You are right, noone refused to meet me, they just didn’t answer my request at all.

Now, may I ask again, of both WCO and the other groups (water wells). Will you invite me to the next meeting you have with the government?

I need your help to address this urgent issue.

Richard

Richard Mann
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Quoting: Minister Phillips said they are very aware of the problems being experienced.
“We need more material from you,” he said, speaking to community leaders from across Ontario.

How many complaints are needed? Many complaints have already been submitted to Huron County Health Unit, yet nothing has been done.

See the comment on January 26, 2016 at 2:21 pm “Here is a list of 26 statements of adverse health impacts from Huron County.” in the article below.

http://cmajblogs.com/health-canada-and-wind-turbines-too-little-too-late/

A timeline of my own research in infra sound is also established in the comments.

Note that our current government neither recognizes nor measures infra sound. That is why I am trying desperately to reach them.

Health harm from infra sound well documented. It is ongoing and cumulative. The changes are irreversible. Anyone who ignores the evidence or who fails to act is complicit in this ongoing harm.

Richard Mann
University of Waterloo

Stan Thayer
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Make America Great Again.
Put up more Industrial Wind Turbines in Ontario!
Where are all the greenies that caused this mess?
They must be afraid to show their faces or are they proud to have polluted a fresh water aquifer forever.
The Power Workers and The Ontario Society of Engineers predicted exactly this to the McGuinty-Wynne Liberals a decade ago but the factual information was purposely ignored.
The Green Energy Act is a destructive piece of legislation and it has set back the renewable energy agenda by a generation.
Stan

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