Sumac Ridge Summer 2014 Update

We want to assure you that the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) hearing on the appeal against the Sumac Ridge Wind project is still in existence despite the lengthy time lapse since the process began.

We have been working hard in preparation for a hearing which we now expect to come this fall.

The ERT hearing has not started and, of course, we have not had a decision on an appeal – originally due on June 24, 2014. Instead, the developer has asked for and obtained repeated adjournments from the ERT to put its project in order. A date is set for another conference call with the ERT on August 13. The call is open to all who are interested and details will be sent out on how to join the call nearer the time in case you are interested and available.

At that point we should find out what the developer is doing about one turbine site, which they now admit is too close to a house (a “receptor” in Ministry of the Environment terms).

Thank you for your patience and please stay with us.

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CALL TO ACTION & Helpful Contacts

The link below is an excellent article that recently ran in The Star from Cindy Sutch of Save The Oak Ridge Moraine ( Storm ) and Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians.

http://on.thestar.com/1omGxmd


Below is the thank you sent on our behalf from Councillor Stauble :

To: Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians and Cindy Sutch, STORM Coalition,

On Behalf on residents of Ward 16, Manvers, City of Kawartha Lakes, on the Oak Ridges Moraine, thank you for speaking up on this important issue. The Moraine was worth protecting once and it is worth continuing to protect.


WE ARE ENCOURAGED TO SEND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AND GOVERNMENT CABINET MINISTERS……..contacts provided below courtesy Heather Stauble.

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO WRITE AND INCLUDE THE LINK TO THIS ARTICLE.

Letters to the Editor

Send your contribution to “Letters to the Editor”

via email to lettertoed@thestar.ca<mailto:lettertoed@thestar.ca>

via fax to 416-869-4322

via mail to:
One Yonge Street,
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E6.

Letters must include full name, address and all phone numbers of sender (daytime, evening and cellphone). Street names and phone numbers will not be published. The Star reserves the right to edit letters, which typically run 50-150 words.

Cabinet

http://ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_current.do?locale=en&list_type=ministers&go=go

* Kathleen Wynne, Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

* Jim Bradley, Chair of Cabinet and Deputy Government House Leader

* Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
* Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy
* Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
* Dipika Damerla, Associate Minister of Health and Long Term Care (Long Term Care + Wellness)
* Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
* Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour
* Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines
* Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
* Mitzie Hunter, Associate Minister of Finance (Ontario Retirement Pension Plan)
* Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services
* Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
* Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Children and Youth Services/Responsible for Women’s Issues
* Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Treasury Board President, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy
* Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
* Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
* Madeleine Meilleur, Attorney General, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
* Reza Moridi, Minister of Research + Innovation, Minister of Training, Colleges + Universities
* Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
* Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety + Correctional Services, Government House Leader
* David Orazietti, Minister of Government and Consumer Services
* Liz Sandals, Minister of Education
* Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs
* Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
* David Zimmer, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

Emails for highlighted Ministers:

jbradley.mpp@liberal.ola.org

bchiarelli.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

mcoteau.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

jleal.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

dmatthews.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

bmauro.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

tmcmeekin.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

gmurray.mpp@liberal.ola.org

kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org

MPP

laurie.scottco@pc.ola.org

Councillor

hstauble@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

 

 

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Oak Ridges Moraine Wind Project A Threat to Ontario’s Water


http://on.thestar.com/1omGxmd

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Election Results and Impact on Local Wind Projects

 

Heather Stauble

A message from City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Heather Stauble:

Last night’s election did result in a clear majority for the Liberals. This is to answer those wondering about the impact this will have on the proposed wind projects in this area.

 

LOCAL WIND PROJECTS
The Ministry of the Environment is going to continue with the process that is in place and that means the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) continues.

The Sumac Ridge ERT is still a landmark case and important in many ways, particularly in light of its location on the ORM, the proximity to the Peterborough Airport, the Seneca College Flight School, the Buddhist Temples, First Nations, 40 requests for status at the ERT, 2874 EBR comments, thousands of independent emails to Ministers and the Ministry of the Environment…. All good reasons to overturn an Approval.

Over the past few months, work has continued on the part of volunteers to prepare for the ERT. Awareness amongst environmental partners has increased and concerns about the approval process continues to grow.

Settlers Landing and Snowy Ridge projects have not yet been deemed “complete” by the Ministry of the Environment or posted for comment and we will have to see what happens over the next little while.

One positive outcome of the election is the acknowledgment by all parties that the FIT program as it existed when these developers applied, was not handled well and the program going forward has been changed. The Liberals described it as “Sunsetting” the old FIT program and the NDP stated that the implementation was flawed.

The location of these proposed wind projects continue to be a concern. The projects should adhere to other environmental legislation and all large-scale energy projects should be subject to full individual environmental assessments with well-defined terms of reference that consider the environmental, economic and social/health impacts.

The newly elected Premier made a point of saying she was the Premier for the whole province. She recognized that there were many people who had worked hard and the outcome was not what they had hoped for. This included many people who have spent a great deal of time and effort opposing wind projects in their area. Areas outside of the GTA continue to be largely conservative and suggest that there are still unresolved issues. Wind is one of them.

There is the opportunity to clean up some of the mess that resulted from the implementation of the Green Energy Act regulations. This is the time to pause and reconsider, not rush ahead.

The Province can for instance immediately direct the MOE and OPA to stop granting extensions. They should insist that the MOE enforce the regulations. This would include requiring increased setbacks where there are other proposed wind projects in an area; stop allowing reduced setbacks to homes, hydrological and natural heritage features. Stop allowing the Ministry of the Environment to issue an Approval without Hydrogeological Reports, Stormwater Management Plans, Spills Management Plans, Watershed Plans or Permits to Take Water.

Most importantly, they need to stop quibbling about whether the reported lack of sleep and adverse health effects that are consistently being reported on are due to direct or indirect effects from industrial wind turbines.

The fact is that there is a growing body of evidence, including the recent Report by Dr. Ian Arra and Dr. Hazel Lynn, MOH, Grey Bruce which concluded:

“demonstrated the presence of reasonable evidence (Level Four and Five) that an association exists between wind turbines and distress in humans. The existence of a dose-response relationship (between distance from wind turbines and distress) and the consistency of association across studies found in the scientific literature argues for the credibility of this association.”

 

Arra I, Lynn H, Barker K, et al. (2014-05-23 11:51:41 UTC) Systematic Review 2013: Association Between Wind Turbines and Human Distress. Cureus 6(5): e183. doi:10.7759/cureus.183

http://www.cureus.com/articles/2457-systematic-review-2013-association-between-wind-turbines-and-human-distress#.U5shlRBckmQ

and the Province’s own Research Chair, which looked at over 400 reports, found among its results:

“The relationship between ln(distance) (as a continuous variable) and mean Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was found to be statistically significant.”

Wind Turbine Noise, Sleep Quality, and Symptoms of Inner Ear Problems: Paller C, Bigelow P, Majow S, Law J, Christidis T, School of Public Health and Health Systems, School of Planning, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1 (attached)

A setback of 2km or more should be adopted to reflect the increased size of the newer models of Industrial Wind Turbines.

A low-frequency noise test must be developed, peer-reviewed and in place before any more approvals are issued.

Full individual environmental assessments should be required for large-scale renewable energy projects.

The Mandate of the Environmental Review Tribunal for Renewable Energy projects needs to be changed to allow for broader objection and a precautionary approach should be adopted. The ERT process for REA projects is much more restrictive than the process in place for other types of Tribunals and it needs to change or be replaced.

The reasons for objecting to the Sumac Ridge, Settlers Landing and Snowy Ridge wind projects, including their proximity to schools, daycare, homes, location on the Oak Ridges Moraine, near airports, conflicting with large economic development projects, continue to be important reasons to deny or overturn an approval no matter who formed the Government.

Heather Stauble

Councillor
Ward 16
City of Kawartha Lakes

 

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“Down Wind” Premiers June 4th

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Sumac Ridge ETR Status Update Conference Call- Fri., May 23

Members of the public are permitted to listen to this conference call.

The Tribunal will be proceeding with another status update call on May 23, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
To access the call please dial as follows:

Local Dial in Number: (416) 212-8014
Toll free Number: 1-866-500-5845
Conference ID: 3 5 0 7 4 6 7, “#”

If conference ID not accepted, press the “#” key 3x (# # #) for live tech support. If tech support is needed while in the call, press zero.

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New Letter Writing CALL TO ACTION: Deadline April 28

ANOTHER ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR OUR COMMUNITY! Well over 100 comments to the Ontario Energy Board regarding transmission lines and Gray Road. Well done! This one will be interesting…..THANK-YOU !

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