Goulais wind project appealed

October 22, 2013
For Immediate Release:

“A Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been issued to SP Development Limited Partnership to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of a Class 4 wind facility consisting of the construction, installation, operation, use and retiring of 11 wind turbines, with a total name plate capacity of 25 MW. The wind facility will be connected to Great Lakes Power’s distribution system.

This Class 4 wind facility, known as the Goulais Wind Farm, consists of areas required for the wind facility components, as well as power lines. The wind facility is located in the Unorganized Townships of Pennefather and Aweres, Algoma County. (http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTE5MDI5&statusId=MTgwNzEz&language=en)”
Appellant, Doug Moseley, Heyden Ontario, with the assistance of Lake Superior Action Research Conservation (LSARC) and the law offices of Eric Gillespie, has requested a hearing by the Environmental Review Tribunal  (ERT) into the approval granted by the Ministry of the Environment to the Goulais Wind Project and posted October 4, 2013 on the Environmental Registry website following a 45-day Public Comment Period.
Save Ontario’s Algoma Region (SOAR) fully supports Mr. Moseley’s appeal.
Both LSARC and SOAR oppose industrial wind development in Algoma and elsewhere in Ontario on the grounds that industrial wind turbines:

  • ·         Are harmful to human health
  • ·         Are disruptive and destructive to the natural environment and wild life habitat
  • ·         Contribute to the rising cost of electricity 
  • ·         Are totally unnecessary to produce clean energy in Ontario.

Further, both groups have objected to the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) process which through the Green Energy, Green Economy Act, 2009:

  • ·         removes the authority to approve industrial wind projects from local governance
  • ·         supersedes Environmental Protection Acts
  • ·         empowers wind developers to control public information sessions and consultation opportunities.

Citizens wishing assistance to participate in the appeal of the Goulais Wind Project may contact:
George Bowne, Co-Chair, LSARC at:
Email:             action@lsarc.ca
Telephone:      (705) 542-3482
Skype:             LSARC1
Submitted by:
Gillan Richards, Executive Member
Save Ontario’s Algoma Region (SOAR)
150 Churchill Blvd.
P.O. Box 20052
Sault Ste. Marie, ON  P6A 6W3



Richard Mann

Adopting “minimum community acceptance criteria”,

Looks like this will kill any future projects. Noone is going to get “community acceptance”.

That means we have to worry about currently approved projects only. Hold on… how many are in the pipeline???

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