Ontario gov’t, power developer seek to quash ERT witness testimony

Tuesday, October 15, 0900:

In a matter of minutes now, the Environmental Review Tribunal dealing with appeals brought by Ontario citizens against the approval of the NextEra Adelaide wind power project, will convene to hear opening statements and motions.
  Among them, will be motions to quash testimony from expert witnesses assembled by appellant Esther Wrightman, of Middlesex.
  Last week, the Ministry of the Environment and NextEra served motions on Wrightman to object to the testimony by several of her planned witnesses, including Dr Sarah Laurie, engineer William Palmer, accoustician Richard James, and real estate appraisers Michael McCann and Ben Lansink.
  Serving Wrightman with the motions on a Thursday evening, they gave her a day to respond; she demanded, and got, an extension on her response, until today. As far as we understand, in ordinary court, participants are usually given 20 days to respond to motions–not so in the Tribunal.
  Today, the government and the huge corporate power developer are expected to file motions with the Review Tribunal panel to quash testimony from the remaining witnesses assembled by the appellant, who has been working on this appeal night and day since August.
  Engineer William Palmer who, as a licensed professional engineer is required by law to report on situations he deems unsafe, commented that the objections to his testimony as reported by the Ministry of the Environment were based on comment by a medical doctor—who has no expertise in engineering issues.
  Has the ERT stepped over the line this time?
  Has it demonstrated clearly that Ontario citzens’ ONLY recourse to express concern about renewable energy projects, the appeal process, is meaningless?
  Today will tell: the Tribunal resumes at 10 a.m. this morning in London at the Middlesex County Office at 399 Rideout Street North, in London.
  Meanwhile Wind Concerns Ontario issued a news release last evening with questions about the fairness and justice offered by the appeal process, and further calling out the Ontario government on its large energy project process which STILL offers communities and citizens no real opportunity to say what they want for their communities.
Wind Concerns Ontario

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