Collingwood fears for aviation safety, to appeal wind farm

A plane hitting a turbine or being blown off course would meet [the test] for serious harm to human health, says lawyer February 18, 2016
Collingwood Regional Airport
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The Town of Collingwood will be appealing the province’s decision to approve a wind farm south of Stayner near the Collingwood Regional Airport.
In a unanimous decision on Thursday evening, council instructed its legal counsel to draft and file a notice of appeal of the decision to the Environmental Review Tribunal. Last week, the province approved WPD Canada’s plan to construct and operate eight turbines west of Stayner.

Council received a presentation from its lawyer, Richard Butler of Willms & Shier. He said of the 199 renewable energy projects in Ontario, only two have been rejected. He said 120 have been appealed and only two have been overturned.

“The vast majority of appeals are either abandoned or unsuccessful,” he said.

The Environmental Review Tribunal is an arm’s length body that has the authority to confirm, amend or revoke a decision. He said appeals must be based on two criteria: the decision will cause serious harm to human health, or cause serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment.

“I think applications and approvals really speak to the uphill battle that opponents of wind projects face,” he said.

Butler said Collingwood would likely be appealing on the basis the turbines would cause harm to human health.

“A plane hitting or blown off course would meet serious harm to human health,” he said.

Butler said the municipality would likely need a risk assessment completed, which would determine the likelihood of a plane hitting a turbine. He said this could be done within a matter of weeks.

The town would need to prove “more likely or not, during the lifetime of the turbines, there would be a collision.”

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  • Pat Cusack
    Posted February 19, 2016 5:34 pm 0Likes

    The powers that be did not care about the fact that two turbines installed by Rankin et al in Wainfleet are very dangerous to a nearby jump site. All they had to do was change the placement of just those two. Could be that they had already paid off a farmer. Human and wildlife lives just don’t matter to ruthless government people.

  • Greg Latiak
    Posted February 21, 2016 2:08 pm 0Likes

    The term should be ‘allegedly’ arms length. It is highly suggestive, given the success rate of the appeal process (vanishingly small) that the process exists to provide a means for the conquered people to give vent to their frustrations. But it in no way exists to provide a legal means to stop these unwanted invasions. Or to be blunt, it appears to be a rigged process with substantial costs but no chance of success.

  • Mike
    Posted February 25, 2016 6:39 pm 0Likes

    Very similar to the Chatham-Kent situation. The Fed’s determined that several IWT’s had been constructed too close to the CK airport and the wind power company was served with an order to remove them. Wouldn’t you know that just days before removal was to begin the Fed’s changed their minds and announced that the turbines were OK now and that “alternative” safety measures had been implemented.
    Hmmmm ?

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