Rape and Pillage…

…courtesy of the Wynne-lose government. They know they’re wrong, they know they’ve cooked up the Green Energy boondoggle and cooked the books to justify the waste.

How’s this for for government R&P:

PROPOSAL
turbinesThere are current proposals for 860 MW of wind power throughout Chatham-Kent. This translates into approximately 570 industrial wind turbines. The developments blanket much of the land located south of Highway 401 to Lake Erie, as well as the area west of Chatham to Lake St. Clair. Eight wind energy companies are involved (either alone or in various partnerships) in these proposed projects
.(from CKWAG Chatham-Kent).

Or, this:

Black well water protest continues in Chatham-Kent
September 6, 2017
Residents of Chatham-Kent who are concerned about reports that as many as 12 water wells may have been affected by pile driving activity during construction of the North Kent II wind power project continue their demonstration at the site today.
(from Wind Concerns Ontario Chatham-Kent).

The Wynne-lose programme of R&P continues unabated:

Chatham-Kent has asked the Ontario government to halt construction until the situation has been reviewed, and property owners affected have been offered free water testing by independent laboratories.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has taken no action.
For more frequent updates on the demonstration, please check on our Facebook page, and/or at Water Wells First.
(WCO Chatham-Kent angry)

Here are the news:

CBC News
Chatham-Kent residents frustrated with wind turbine construction they blame for tainting their drinking water staged another blockade Tuesday morning and have temporarily shut down the North Kent Wind project.
(OWR Frustration in C-K)

Let’s bow our heads and bend over for the Ontario Government, more love, please.

WELL WATER FIRST

First Shame Award given to Wind Company for neglecting Water Resources in Ontario.
Well Water first,Wind, last.

Water Wells First announced the first recipient of their Trojan Horse Award. Boralex.

The Award is a Shame Award intended to draw attention to a company that says they are interested in protecting water but in fact the opposite is true. They do nothing to protect water and even cause Peak Water Crises for local populations where they operate.

Boralex operates the Marsh Line Windfarm in the former Township of Dover. The construction of the windfarm coincided with a number of water wells becoming turbid and now contain black particulates.

Boralex denies responsibility. Denies they understand the concerns of local families financially dependent on the underlying aquifer for their freshwater supply.

Is it safe to assume wind companies consider water to be an unclean resource (because it makes hydro power?).

We invite everyone in SW Ontario to join us at the Baldoon Golf Club on Monday Jan 30th at at 5-8PM, at 7018 Dufferin Rd Wallaceburg, ON to help us give this message to Boralex

Brought to you by, Industrial Wynne Turbines Inc. (already paving the way to the next election by blocking Toll Roads for the GTA).

WCO on Mandatory Support

Municipal Support must be manadatory for wind power contract bids! says Wind Concerns Ontario in its latest media release: Wind Concerns Ontario submitted a series of recommendations to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as part of the “engagement” process on the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) process on May 3rd.

In its letter to the IESO, WCO stated unequivocally, The key issue is: neither the government nor participants in the procurement process have listened to valid community concerns or displayed any learning from problems created by the existing projects. Most people in rural Ontario seem to know more about the impact of wind turbines (economic, environmental, societal) than the people proposing projects, who continue to use outdated and limited information to support their proposals. Far from streamlining the process, the Green Energy and Economy Act has created a confrontational environment. Based on local activities such as municipal resolutions, public demonstrations and media stories, it is clear this situation is not going to change until provincial government agencies deal seriously with the problems that have been created by wind turbine projects to date.

Highlights of WCO Recommendations:
Qualification of bidders
Failure to deliver past projects on time should result in disqualification of bidders
Community engagement
“Engagement” should not be confused with “support”
Site considerations
IESO needs to do an independent technical review of proponent submissions
Municipal support
Full documentation should be provided to municipalities prior to bid submission…
Again, a resolution of support from a municipality must be a mandatory requirement for a bid in the RFP process

WRITE YOUR MPPs and the PREMIER in support of WCO, and demand compliance!

SHUT UP!

And mind your own business, the Ontario Government’s latest policy on electricity: The Toronto Star report (by Brady Yauch) states, Ontario’s desire for total control over all aspects of the electricity sector is nearly fulfilled. [also blogged at Ontario Wind Resistance].

“Strengthening Consumer Protection and Electricity System Oversight Act,” denies funds to independent intervenors, effectively blocking any citizen action in Green Energy proceedings: Prior to this legislation, any individual ratepayer or organization representing ratepayers — ranging from big, industrial groups to cottage associations or low-income organizations — could apply for funding and act as an intervenor in any rate application. The government would instead replace the independent intervenors with a new government-appointed consumer representative. This is probably an attempt by the Government to reduce its deficits!

Not so fast, In other jurisdictions where this has occurred, the direct cost of this new bureaucracy has been far more expensive than the cost of reimbursing intervenors for their lawyers and consultants. The indirect costs of losing the ability to hold the utility monopolies to account by forcing them to justify their proposed rate increases before the OEB could be much greater still.

Why do this, you might ask, is the Government trying to help by appointing consumer representatives? NO! One study found that intervenors have been highly successful at paring back the monopolies’ rate requests, their lawyers and consultants costing ratepayers just 2 cents annually while helping to reduce rate increases by $28 per customer. Other studies found that intervenors account for 1 per cent or less of overall regulatory costs, which themselves are a small amount of total electricity costs borne by ratepayers.

So, saving money, reducing the deficit are not motives for this new legislation, but squishing and shutting the citizenry up are:
The province’s new legislation also ensures that any new transmission line can be deemed a “priority project” by the ministry of energy and automatically approved by the OEB. In the past, the OEB would analyze such projects to determine whether they were necessary or cost-effective. Furthermore, the province is considering more legislation that will exempt all government-directed energy plans or projects to be exempt from the Environmental Assessment Act.
Did you get that last bit, Green does not include environmental protection! Anymore than the costly waste of the Smart Meters did.

Here’s the bottomline: In the end, the OEB and the intervenors were the last voice of criticism that wasn’t on the payroll of the province. By replacing them with a government-led consumer advocate, the province will control every step of decision-making on electricity policy and spending, those pesky checks and balances eliminated at last.

Let’s hear it for the Wynne-lose crew!  Where’s the Charter of rights?   Blowing in the wind? It is clear that the corporate constituency enabled by Green legislation in Ontario is also a lobby strong enough to move the Government to act in a totalitarian manner for the protection of profit and corrupt policy.  The new legislation governing this should have “Overwrite” in its title.

Corporate Welfare is Green

The Ontario Liberals in Opposition used to go on about corporate welfare (subsidies from government to corporations) to match the NDP rants on the same.

The Ontario Liberal Government in power created the Green Energy policies that are now regulated law in the province. They hand out tax subsidies in the billions to Green Energy development of wind turbines and solar panel arrays. The beneficiaries of these handouts are almost exclusively corporations in the business of building the euphemistic Alternate Energy Generation.

The Consumer Policy Institute has published a paper (by Brady Yauch) detailing the scope of the Greening of Corporate Welfare in Ontario:
While the province’s renewable energy policy was presented as a win-win for local communities and regular Ontarians, the benefits from that policy have accrued to a small group of companies. Nowhere is this more evident than in the subsidies going to companies that own the windmills now dotting the province’s countryside.
Some 82% of all subsidies to wind generators have gone to foreign, out-of-province, or
multinational companies with annual revenues of more than $1 billion. Nearly 60% of all
wind subsidies have gone to companies with more than $10 billion in annual revenues.
Less than 10% of all subsidies to wind generators have gone to small-scale or local
owners


The multinational companies and other big businesses receiving the lion’s share of these
subsidies have little to lose in the current environment. They receive a fixed, abovemarket
rate for their power, while ratepayers are left footing the bill – whether or not
such output is needed. Rather than becoming an engine of a new green economy, green
power has become a drain on ratepayers’ pockets.

Green-Washing Corporate Welfare to the Tune of $1.7 Billion
The reality of the province’s support for the wind sector – both before and after the Green Energy Act – has been exclusive and not one that includes all Ontarians. Big business, international corporations and their subsidiaries have received billions of dollars in wind subsidies as part of Ontario’s push to replace coal with renewable power. Using data from the province’s electricity market operator, this joint study by Energy Probe and Consumer Policy Institute1 estimates that at least $1.7 billion in wind subsidies have been given to wind farm operators in Ontario since 2006, the earliest date for data. 2 Eleven companies have received 90% of those subsidies. Around 82% of all subsidies to wind generators have been handed out to nine companies (or subsidiaries of those companies) – seven of them based outside of either Ontario or Canada – with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion. Nearly 60% of all wind subsidies have been funnelled to six companies with more than $10 billion in annual revenue. Small-scale and local wind generator companies have received 10% of all subsidies.

To see how prices are set and subsidies spent, download Report (PDF)
corporate-welfare-ontario-goes-green
The colour Green is GREED in Ontario.

FOLLOW UP on how when subsidies are cut Green Energy Investment declines or dries up.

Tyrannical Law in Ontario

The Ontario Liberal Government’s Green Energy Act not only shuts down democracy by crippling local government in matters Green but also hobbles human and civil rights of citizens who have no legal recourse when they are aggrieved by Wind Turbine developments. Meaning, you can’t fight City Hall and you can’t take its buggers to court.

National Post: anti-turbine families $340000 legal bill from wind-farm companies: to quote
A demand that four Ontario families pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs to billion-dollar companies is a thinly disguised warning to anyone pondering a challenge to industrial wind farms in Ontario, the families say.
The lawyer in the case says: “It’s not just a bar to justice, it’s actually a terror tactic,” Falconer said in an interview. “This is not about money. The idea is to send a message: ‘We will wipe you out if you challenge us.’”

One has to believe he advised his clients that practice is loser pays the costs. But the Developer’s defence? The companies say the high-stakes court challenge forced them to deploy considerable legal resources to defend projects they say are safe. Nobody is forcing them, their projects are protected by government policy, they are gouging in order to punish. They are entitled to costs for their defence but they can ask for less.

In any case, the wind turbine developers have a government protected monopoly insulated by provincial law. Effectively, the provincial law is effecting an unfair estoppel that prevents recourse and remedy for injured parties who would otherwise have recourse to but for the unjust estoppel. The government should be forced to pay the costs of every failed action against developers because the government levelled the playing field against aggrieved citizens. And to add acid to the matter, the government pays the developers tax dollars levied from citizens and then forces citizens to fend for themselves where wind and solar are concerned. There oughtta be a law… wait, there is a law! A bad law.

Noise By-Law

Plympton-Wyoming stands behind new bylaw aimed at wind turbines, blogged by OWR.

“Suncor Energy and the Town of Plympton-Wyoming are at odds again over a wind turbine bylaw.” [report by Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer]. Suncor stated that it intends to build and operate its Turbines pursuant to Provincial noise limits without regard to municipal by-laws.

“Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper said the noise bylaw was written in consultation with a lawyer, and added that it follows the province’s regulations.
“But, we added the low level sounds,” Napper added.
“We’re fairly confident about it. We think that it’s something that needed to be addressed.”
Napper said council asked the Suncor representative to put the company’s concerns in writing and to return to council at an upcoming meeting.
“We’ll look at it at that time, and see what the concerns are.”
Napper said he hopes the municipality and company don’t end up in court over the bylaw.”

Obviously, the Municipality hopes to reach a working agreement with Suncor on noise levels. Other municipalities need to be looking to passing similar by-laws that regulate Noise, Set-backs, Construction etc, all of which are intended to protect health and safety. The Wainfleet Set-back test case proved such by-laws are valid within the limits of the Municipal Act but need to be framed within Green Energy and other Regulations.

There is room for creativity in By-law enactment with respect to environmental and natural resources law. Limits on bird and bat kill comes to mind with fines for destruction over the limit, why not? And so on, and so forth.

If this is done consistently and continually, a critical mass will be reached eventually, enough to get the government thinking about citizens and its voter base.

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

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.

Court Will Hear Ostrander Point Appeal

Wind Farm Appeal (OWR)

by windaction

CBC Article  A group fighting a controversial wind farm development south of Picton, Ont., says its final appeal will be heard in December. The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists says it has been told that the Court of Appeal for Ontario will hear the case in Toronto on Dec. 8 and 9. The group will explain… [click links for full story]