It’s an “outright ban on infrasound”

That’s the nub of Suncor’s objection to the Plympton-Wyoming new Noise by-law (see Noise By-Law) Feb. 09/15 post. OWR reports on Suncor’s latest reaction on the by-law and its objections to Council. As reported by the local newspaper Suncor wants the noise by-law axed; the report says they want most of it axed, which means all of it because axing anything, especially the Infra-sound portion would make it a useless regulation. Suncor’s submission to council contains laughable phrases, such as the one in the title of this blog post, and the equally risible reference to “industry standards”.

Again, Municipalities wake up to this reaction from Suncor! No, it will not stop development but it will impose strict regulation of sound and infra-sound. Plus, developers will have only a year from a by-law’s coming into effect to complete projects that will fall outside the regulation. In a large development, that could be quite a restriction on construction. Any court challenge will deal with measuring standards, so town councils will have to find these. They exist.

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If Quebec can do it?

Why not Ontario!
Quebec Bans Turbines within 2km, blogged on windturbinesyndrome.com to illustrate the need for such a setback or an even greater one.

In the next Appeal of setback by-laws or any appeal on noise, health issues, this fact should be front and centre.

In fact, it’s a good point to be made over and over again in letters to the Premier, her Ministers and Liberal MPPs: why does the jurisdiction next door think it’s wiser to limit setbacks to 2km from houses and 1km from public roads than to set them at Ontario’s laughable 550m?  Do they know something that Ontario will not admit to?  And why can’t Ontario now make the same rule for prospective turbine developments?

Close to Home

West Lincoln township officials have come up with a way to protect residents from IWT noise by reviewing local by-laws and those in other municipalities.

Plympton-Wyoming may have hit on a way of doing this:
“The Municipality of Plympton-Wyoming, near Sarnia, Ont., has passed a bylaw that requires an expert in decibel reading to deal with noise complaints. Should a noise exceed the allowable limits of the municipality’s noise bylaw, a fine can be applied. The municipality’s CAO confirmed to township staff they have a sound engineer on retainer to address complaints under the bylaw, should any occur.” [Grimsby Lincoln news] [OWR].

The Ontario Green Energy Act states that noise levels from Turbines cannot exceed 40dB. After reviewing the cost of noise inspections, West Lincoln Township is considering a by-law modelled on the one in Plympton-Wyoming which includes measurement of low frequency sound (infra-sound). A report back to Council on the matter should be forthcoming in the near future.

Wainfleet, next door to West Lincoln, presumably is listening, waiting and wanting the same thing.

Turbine Hearing begins Friday

InPort News report by Allan Brenner

Parents and grandparents concerned about the potential impact large industrial wind turbines could have on children will have an opportunity to discuss those concerns during an Environmental Review Tribunal, starting Friday.

A preliminary hearing looking into plans of Niagara Region Wind Corp to build wind turbines in west Niagara communities begins at 10 a.m. at the Wellandport Community Centre.

Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner launched the tribunal in response to an appeal by Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc. filed Nov. 26, two weeks after the Ministry of the Environment granted renewable energy approval for the project.

The hearing will focus on community concerns about the project to build 77 wind turbines in the communities of West Lincoln, Lincoln, Wainfleet, Haldimand and on Region of Niagara property, with a total capacity of generating 230 megawatts of electricity.

Wainfleet Mayor April Jeffs said she may stop in during the hearing depending on her schedule, since six of the wind turbines being proposed are planned for her community.

“Three (turbines) are going in the Wellandport area in the northwest, and another two or three will be down here along the lake on the Haldimand border.

“I’m sure there will be residents of Wainfleet attending,” Jeffs said, adding several members of Mothers Against Wind Turbines live in Wainfleet.

The organization says the turbines will be up to 135 metres tall, and the blades of which will have a diameter of 101 meters.

“These will be some of the largest turbines to ever be introduced so closely to people and their homes in North America,” the organization said in a media release.

The full hearing is scheduled to start Jan. 19.

Calls and e-mails to Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc., as well as Niagara Region Wind Corp. to discuss the hearing were not returned, Thursday.

allan.benner@sunmedia.ca

GOOGLE Says So…

Google engineers have concluded renewable energy production like wind and solar are a waste of time and resources [Quixote’s] as reported by Margaret Wente in the G&M:
But the fundamental problem with Big Wind is much bigger than its cost and unreliability. The problem is that today’s renewable energy technologies won’t save us from the effects of climate change – and we’re wasting our time by trying.

If Google says so, it must be right (smile), but the MacWynne gov’t will keep on with this massive tax scam

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TV Turbine Report in Niagara Region

The Ongoing Controversy over Turbines continues, is the gist of this CHCH TV report [also blogged on OntWindResistance]. TV reporter, Lisa Hepfner tries to examine both sides of the issue in West Lincoln (which will soon be metal porcupine country with a total of 77 IWT’s). The IWT’s will stretch from West Lincoln to Wainfleet.
The reporter quotes residents who are being bombarded with noise & health issues. She also quotes OPA on the issue, whose spokesman tells what amounts to a duplicitous lie: Shawn Cronkwright, Ontario Power Authority: “With wind turbines, you have to pay to install the equipment, but after the equipment is installed the cost of the fuel is zero. Wind actually is a key piece of keeping prices lower in the entire portfolio.”
The zero cost of “fuel” is disingenuous, to say the least. There’s the huge cost of accessing that “fuel” paid for with tax dollars in the billions; there’s the huge cost of paying for the consumption of that “fuel”, and the huge cost of re-selling that excess “fuel” to other jurisdictions at a less than the cost of production. Then there are the hidden healthcare costs caused by the effects of that “fuel”, the transmission costs (hydro has to shut down to allow wind energy onto the Grid); the air pollution costs caused by the diesel engines needed to operate the turbines; and the costs of lost agricultural production from the industrialized land needed to erect these 60 story towers.
And let’s not even mention the slaughter of millions of flying creatures the earth needs to keep its balance.
Or the Charter Rights being breached by forced acceptance of turbine development. Or the loss of land value. Or increased carbon emissions.
Wind energy is not “free” or “clean” or “green”; these words are government and industry mantras aimed at deluding the public into thinking that the outmoded technology of wind is cutting edge. The edge has been dulled in Europe and the many countries that are abandoning it. Landowners who give their land over to the production of wind instead of crops will be disappointed when their “windfall” lasts much less than 20 years, when the landscape will be dotted with stopped and rusting turbines. But the thieves who run this scheme will have had their money and others will have left office.

Turbine Facts

Wind is Waning… “Clean Green” or expensive Con game paid for by, U?

ERT Rejects Charter Appeal

The Charter of Rights carries no weight with Environmental Review Tribunals. An appeal (OWR) based on those Rights was rejected on the grounds there was no evidence of harm to the health of the Appellants or to anyone’s health (TorStar) because of Wind Turbines.  The Appellants were expecting rejection because in their opinion (and the opinion of many) the ERT’s are set up for the public to lose.
The ERT ruled that “There is no reliable evidence to demonstrate that the project will cause serious physical or any other serious harm”, despite the testimony of numerous witnesses living close to the turbines who suffered health problems.
The ERT avails itself in almost every case of this reasoning to reject appeals because  the ERT, of course, rules on the admissibility of such evidence, rejecting the evidence of private citizens, while accepting evidence provided by wind proponents opposing the appeals. It’s a rigged card game, a Wynne-lose set-up.
Of course, the Appellants in this Huron County case will be going to the courts for a fairer hearing, and, it is hoped, a just one.