Posts Tagged ‘Renfrew’

Bonnechere Valley Township Loses Backbone

January 7, 2009

Editor:

A few days ago the Bonnechere Valley Township called for a moratorium on wind farms until studies could be done to make sure the wind turbines were being located at safe distances from people.

I got an email a short time ago saying that during an emergency meeting the council rescinded their request. (An emergency meeting for a wind farm?)

I will update as I get more information.

I have seen this kind on nonsense before while trying to convince the ACW council to call for larger setbacks for the Epcor-Kingsbridge ll wind farm near Goderich Ont.

Please read what the Bonnechere Valley Township said a few days ago and then try to figure out the reason for the quick flip.

I know, but you try and figure it out.

BV TOWNSHIP adds it’s name to “Councils with Backbone”!

PREAMBLE:

Wind energy generation is a useful and potentially environmentally friendly method of augmenting our growing energy needs. At present, many municipalities across Ontario and the rest of Canada are considering numerous approvals for projects to harness this energy source. These projects are being undertaken mostly on private lands that cover terrains ranging from flat farmlands to mountains with heavy forest cover. Each application is being considered on a case-by-case basis with engineering and environmental reports being commissioned before decisions are made. However, the technical nature of the information in these reports is frequently beyond the ability of most municipal staff to comprehend in any meaningful way; therefore, we rely upon reviews by different engineers for interpretation. Even these reviewers do not have sufficient resources to undertake more than a casual review of the technical data and are unable to do much more than fact check the data. Some of the issues of greatest concern to the public, such as noise, economic impact and possible medical side effects, are little understood by the engineers as well as municipal councils and staffs, even after these reports and peer reviews are presented. Our tendency is be dismissive of challenges to findings that show noise levels to be within Ministry of Environment guidelines. Supposed medical concerns are generally dismissed outright. This could be a costly mistake.

There is a growing body of concern around the world that there is a need for a more comprehensive study of the reported incidents of apparent adverse health reactions due to prolonged exposure to the environmental alterations caused by industrial wind generation projects. It is beyond the expertise of municipalities and the resources available to them to undertake any meaningful studies in this area. Additionally, it would be wasteful in terms of time, money and resources to study this issue on a project-by-project basis. The provincial and federal levels of government in conjunction with the international community need to determine the nature of these health concerns through scientific study in order to create guidelines for safe setback distances from residential and other sensitive occupancies.

Please visit the SOS site for full statement

Suncor wind farm Ripley

Suncor wind farm Ripley

Enbridge wind farm Kincardine Ontario

Enbridge wind farm Kincardine Ontario

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Federal Green Party Candidate,Says – Sorry, Can't Support Wind Turbines

August 24, 2008

Editor: I believe Mr. Hoffman is the first politician to publicly say he is against wind farms, and to explain the reasons for his decision. Well done Mr. Hoffman.

Enbridge wind farm Kincardine Ontario

Enbridge wind farm Kincardine Ontario

There is a real conflict emerging over the proposed wind turbines
apparently to be installed from Dacre, all along the Opeongo Line
through Wilno, Barry’s Bay and to Algonquin Park.

Neighbors are getting set against one another over this; even some families have started to split, brother against brother.

The issue has serious implications for all of Renfrew County.

Wind turbines sound great when you first hear about them. Who is against renewable energy?

Farmers who struggle to make a living are eying up the $9,000 they are to receive per turbine per year.

Ten turbines is a retirement income of $90,000!

Who would blame the farmers! And the Bonnechere and Madawaska
township councils can see much-needed tax dollars flowing in. But there
are problems with the whole scheme.

Considerable forest will have to be cut to install them, roads
built to service them, skylines altered as hundreds pepper the horizon,
their red lights flashing at night; and they are noisy too.

I know, because I went to Shelburne Ontario to see them.

My sense is that once we are all informed and determine the net
impact, we will choose to say to our would-be wind-farmer neighbor, as
I have done with mine, “Sorry old friend, I can’t support this
project.”

Yours truly,

Dr. Ben Hoffman

Federal Green Party Candidate, Eganville, ON

Send Ben an email to show your support

ben.hoffman@greenparty.ca

Full article at the Daily Observer