Wainfleet Trail

Niagara Pennisula Conservation Authority has performed it usual “sell-out” to Wind Developers: NPCA sells out, again, reported by Welland Tribune and blogged by OWR:
Despite concerns from Wainfleet leaders, Niagara Region Wind Corp. has been given the green light to use the Gord Harry Trail. The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority board approved an agreement with the company Wednesday night, that will allow 635 metres of the 13-kilometre trail to be used to bury wind turbine conduits.

The bribe paid for the use of the Trail is $100,000, plus a @200,000 payment for 20 years.

Given the NPCA’s conservation mandate, Wainfleet Mayor April Jeffs said she feels the decision is steeped in hypocrisy.

“People look at us to be stewards of land in general, especially our own land,” said Jeffs, who represents the township on the conservation authority’s board.

“We tell people they can’t do things on their property, but then with ours say, ‘Sure, come on in — and bring your trucks.’ ”

The board argued, she said, that the trail is a recreation area, not a conservation area. “But perception is reality.”

Read the article by Maryanne Firth, here, where she reports, A proposed alternative would have seen the conduits buried in a farmfield parallel to the trail. The  NPCA’s rationalization is revolting.

NPCA-Logo (image purloined from Ontario Wind Resistance)

Submit Protest MOE Deadline

Submit your protest:
Vineland Power and Wainfleet Energy Inc.: their REA (Request for Environmental Assessment) applications have been deemed, complete, as of Dec.13/12.
The public (any member of the public regardless of township of residence) has 45 days from that date to submit their comments, criticisms, complaints, etc. on these 2 projects. The Links below will take you to the MOE site announcing each project.
Vineland Power West Lincoln project, located at, 9556 Sixteen Road Lot 20, Concession 6, TOWNSHIP OF WEST LINCOLN.
Wainfleet Energy Inc. 22211 Abby Road, Lot 22, Concession 2, Part 22, TOWNSHIP OF WAINFLEET.
The Ministry site says:
“This proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting December 13, 2012. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by January 27, 2013 to the individual listed under “Contact”. Additionally, you may submit your comments on-line.
All comments received prior to January 27, 2013 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry of the Environment if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 011-7796.
Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. You will not receive a formal response to your comment, however, relevant comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered by the decision maker for this proposal.” 

FOLLOW the online instructions for making a submission. You can mail it in by letter or email it (there is a, Submit Comment, button). Maybe doing it both ways could be helpful.
Concerns/objections you can raise: Setback distance, Noise, Vibration, Adverse Health Effects, Moratorium, Studies on Health Effects, Birds, Bats, Wildlife, Property Values, Industrial Use of Agricultural Lands, Public Health and Safety, Shadow Flicker, Low Frequency Noise, Dirty(stray) Hydro, and the list goes on:
For Wainfleet, please mention that the proposal does not meet the ENVIRONMENTAL and Public SAFETY requirements of Township By-law 013-2012 which requires a 2km setback from a dwelling for Industrial Wind Turbines.
With a LARGE number of submissions, maybe the cruel Christmas present can be made less cruel.