Settlers Landing wind project back to judicial tribunal next week for “remedy” hearing
“Serious and irreversible harm” risk found for Capstone Infrastructure power venture
April 21, 2016
By Mary Riley
MANVERS TWP – Ward 16 Councillor Heather Stauble provided an update on the status of three industrial wind turbine projects proposed in Manvers Township.
Coun. Stauble emailed This Week, noting the fight continues to try and block the projects, which have met fierce opposition from residents in Bethany and Pontypool, especially since several of the turbines will be built on the provincially-protected Oak Ridges Moraine.
Residents and community groups have fought for several years, mounting legal challenges alleging the turbines can cause significant harm to water, wildlife, the environment and human health.
Here is where each project currently stands:
– Sumac Ridge (wpd Canada) on Ballyduff Road:
In spite of efforts to protect this area on the Oak Ridges Moraine, the City was ordered by the Divisional Court (court file 37/15) to provide access and issue permits to the site. The City appealed to the Court of Appeal and will be heard in early May. However, in the meantime, the developer has the legal authority to clear the road allowance.
wpd Canada has notified the City that it intends to start clearing trees along Wild Turkey Road, starting on Saturday, April 23.
Take pictures before it’s gone forever–Councillor Stauble
Coun. Stauble wrote, “For those of you who have enjoyed the peace and quiet of Wild Turkey Road, go and take one more walk and lots of pictures before it is gone forever.”
Capstone Infrastructure has provincial approval for two wind farms in the area.
– Settlers Landing (Pontypool)
The Environmental Review Tribunal adjourned after the Tribunal did find there would be “serious and irreversible harm.” The wind company now has an opportunity to present a “remedy” to the Tribunal.
Settlers Landing is one of only two projects where the ERT did find serious and irreversible harm.
The ERT Hearing on Settlers Landing will take place at the Pontypool Community Centre on Monday, April 25 at 11 a.m.; Tuesday, April 26 at 9 a.m.; Wednesday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, April 28, at 9 a.m.
Snowy Ridge (North side of Hwy 7A – east of Hwy 35):
Capstone has given a Notice that it needs to change its REA for Snowy Ridge to increase the construction and lay down areas, re-route roads and distribution system.
Donations to help with the legal challenges are appreciated. For info re Settlers Landing – Dave Bridges at email@example.com. For Snowy Ridge contact Ron Awde, firstname.lastname@example.org or Manvers Wind Concerns: www.gofundme.com/gzpxr22k.
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