Wind farm appeal decisions could take months
Citizens’ groups say onus is on developers to prove no harm; legislation constructed otherwise
Blackburn News, April 26, 2016
Appeal Ruling Months Away
April 26, 2016 6:10am
Anti-wind turbine groups are patiently awaiting a ruling by the Ontario Divisional Court on Suncor and Nextera’s Cedar Point Wind Power Project.
Last week, court heard an appeal on the approval of 46 turbines in Plympton-Wyoming. That ruling could take upwards of a few months to be handed down.
The approval of the project was initially granted by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and upheld by the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT).
Anti-turbine groups argued the developers didn’t provide evidence to the ERT that the turbines would not cause adverse health effects.
The turbine groups say the onus should be on residents to prove they will be harmed.
It’s too early to tell what impacts a successful appeal would have.
In the future, he says it would be beneficial for the government to engage in an inclusive discussion with community members before any projects are approved.