Just before an armistice is declared in an armed conflict, the guns blaze away and troops go over the top in a last ditch attempt to make gains before peace negotiations begin.
Unfortunately, Ontario is not going to negotiate; nevertheless, the Rubber Stamp of approval is blazing away before the changes to the FITT programme are implemented:
Melancthon learns about approval for 49 towers[OWR], not from the Ministry, but from the media!!! “The new rules, in my opinion, do absolutely nothing,” [Mayor]Hill said. “It’s just more smoke and mirrors from a government that is intent on bullying their agenda through the province.”
Going by population numbers found in the recent census, Melancthon will have a turbine for every 17 people, now that Dufferin Wind’s project has received approval.
“I think that number is a little high,” Hill responded. “The reality is that we’re probably the most densely populated turbine per person in Ontario. Enough is enough.”[Orangeville Banner]
Here are the particulars of the Approval:
The REA requires the proponent to construct, install, operate, use and retire the facility in accordance with specific terms and conditions. The terms and conditions, as summarised below, require the proponent to:
- construct and install the facility within 3 years of the date of the approval,
- construct and install the facility in accordance with the documentation considered for the issuance of this approval,
- properly decommission the facility upon retirement of the facility,
- comply with the ministry’s noise emission limits at all times,
- carry out an acoustic immission audit of the sound levels produced by the operation of the equipment,
- carry out an acoustic emission audit of the acoustic emissions produced by the operation of the wind turbine generators,
- manage stormwater, and control sediment and erosion during and post construction,
- carry out specific items if foundation dewatering or water takings by tanker exceed 50,000 litres/day,
- implement the pre and post construction Natural Heritage monitoring program, which includes bird and bat monitoring,
- create a community liaison committee with members of the public and the Company,
- undertake ongoing Aboriginal consultation,
- prepare a Traffic Management Plan to be provided to the upper and lower tier municipalities and enter into Road Users Agreements,
- properly address any archaeological resources discovered,
- maintain records of the operation and maintenance of equipment and inspections and complaints related to the facility,
- notify the ministry of complaints received alleging adverse effect caused by the construction, installation, operation, use or retirement of the facility, and
- notify the ministry prior to a change of ownership.
The first condition will be met, few or none of the others, I’ll bet.