Environmental spills at McLean’s Mountain, Manitoulin

Further to the opinion piece in the Sudbury Star today on the environmental damage being done at the Northland Power McLean’s Mountain wind project, here are some photos from a volunteer on the island.
   Wind is green, wind is good.

 Turbine 21: wetland being drained onto neighbouring, non-participant property

Oil spill on McLean’s Mountain Road

Turbine 9; Northland Power releasing crusher dust onto pasture (with livestock) and homes downwind

Comments

pdabous
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Boy, that trail cut through the bush was almost the size of a snowmobile trail! And that crusher dust – what a maelstrom, not to mention that horrid hose lying in the clean woods. This is an environmental disaster. Couldn’t those roughnecks simply have popped the towers up, wiped their feet and quietly driven off to destroy elsewhere? Imagine that dust getting on the tomatoes! And, what will that meat taste like?

Parker Gallant
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Was that meant to be an intelligent comment? Perhaps when you exit your parents basement and actually try to understand the damage that industrial wind turbines do to the environment, human health, property values and how they increase the price of electricity you will understand what this is about. Until then just keep playing your video games!

pdabous
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Ah, I have been targeted for abuse by Mr. Parker Gallant. I am unworthy. Wait ’til I show Mom and Dad! Dad keeps telling me to be on the right side of important people like yourself . . . but I don’t know. I seem to picking up painful but invaluable experience as I rub shoulders with my betters.

Please forgive my blindness and lead me out of the ditch, undeserving as I am.

And thank you for your abuse. It is useful to both of us.

Phil Dabous

Parker Gallant
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Maybe you should try again to get the David Suzuki Foundation to use their heavy hand to help you make your inane claims. Two countries; Australia and the Czech Republic have declared themselves “unwilling countries”. It appears they have smarter politicians than we have in Ontario–ones that are not influenced by environmentalists who think that technology 125 years old isn’t new technology.

pdabous
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I’m sorry, Mr. Gallant, but this present reply is from Phil Dabous whom you abused in your note to me-at least I think it was me. I just don’t remember making any claims, inane or otherwise.

Do you perchance possess a prewritten selection of abusive form letters that fit most of your troublesome correspondents?

Again, thank you for your mysterious reply. I will ponder it to seek its hidden meaning. I cannot accept that your note was simply offhand abuse, although you must be a busy man and mistakes happen.

Respectfully,
Phil Dabous

pdabous
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Imagine this Parker Gallant person sneering at a person he doesn’t know: to wit, “when you exit your parents’ basement”, “your inane claims”,”continue playing your video games”.

How can whatever judgement and civitas a person possessed be cast away when people like this Mr. Gallant and others in the anti-IWT camp address anyone who disagrees with them?

Oddly, it is usually anti-IWT people who warn of split communities. Are these rifts any wonder with people of this Parker Gallant’s ilk reflexively hurling insults at reasonable people?

Has banking done this to you, or do you simply suffer from superiority or sociopathy?

Extraordinary behaviour.

Parker Gallant
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My sincere apologies to Phil Dabous or pdabous or any of their relatives whom I may have insulted. You have both, or either(?) displayed incredible tact in the face of my untimely slurs. It was probably my insensitive banker attitude that led me to the ungracious comments. I just hate to see my money being pi__ ed away on really dumb government backed get rich schemes and thought perhaps one or both of your were advocating that a sane move..

pdabous
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Thanks for owning your shortness with me, Philip Dabous. I was childish in mocking someone’s pain over disturbances on the mountain.

There is real pain about the MM wind project. I am sorry. But it is overdone. I am glad attempts have been made in the renewable energy field, even if they “fail “. My judgement is pro-wind farm, again, as an attempt.

I do not like to see self-interested people manipulating their credulous neighbours. I don’t like to the articulate and confident, affluent
and connected foist these projects into more industrial, congested and poorer areas. It gets stuck in my craw.

I especially dislike egotistical nature “carers” who are on the make and cleverer than the rest of us by half.

I would live with all the above except for the global nature of the energy issue.
I have judged in favour of thoughtful IWT deployment. As regards their cost . . . . you and I are market aware and understand both cost and price – and their transitory nature.

Best wishes,
P.W. Dabous

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