Snowy Ridge Update and Financial Appeal

Ron Awde

Ron Awde with COKL Councillor Heather Stauble at the Snowy Ridge ERT

Dear Friends and Neighbours!

Since our update and appeal went out in late December to help us raise $20,000 to cover the costs for our legal fees and expenses, I am pleased to report that we have now received commitments and contributions for $12,250 toward that goal!!

But we still need every dollar that we can raise.

We advised the ERT and the Approval Holder of our intention to seek a Stay on December 28, 2015 to stop the commencement of construction. We also intend to pursue an issue of wider public importance with this appeal as well. At this time, the ERT has left it to counsel for both parties to organize a teleconference with the Panel to hear the case for a stay. If the ERT does not grant the stay, this will, of course, become part of our grounds for the Appeal for Ministerial Review which is now being developed by the team. Should the construction begin to commence, please advise us immediately and we will act upon this.

Almost all of the recent financial contributions received over the last week have come from individuals who already are the generous core supporters of the Snowy Ridge, Sumac Ridge and Settler’s Landing appeals. Many of them, though, are now looking for others to join in as well to close this gap and several have offered additional matching funds if we can get more people to also help out.

So once again, if you have contributed once, thank you so much…. and could you find it in your heart to contribute again? If you have contributed two or three times, you are real community heroes by standing up for defending the local interests and also helping us bring issues of broader public interest in front of the ERT and Minister, that we believe have…. and will continue to have… a significant impact on how the Green Energy projects are rolled out in the future, and which may help protect our rural communities from being overrun with industrial power plants with no say whatsoever in the matter.

These are our last opportunities to make a stand and to lay down a solid groundwork for any future lawsuits and claims for damages to hydrogeological features, domestic water supplies in the area, and health effects from a project that we know will not operate within the MOECC noise parameters…through the application for a Stay and the Ministerial Appeal, which we will be filing shortly.
You can help us make these last steps in the whole process possible. Please join in and help us meet our obligations to the hardworking legal team that has helped us mount our appeal for Snowy Ridge.

Cheques can be made to:

SR Opposition Corp.
c/o PO Box 142
Bethany, Ontario
L0A 1A0

And again, our deepest thanks and appreciation to all those who have made a contribution!!
Ron Awde
Director
SR Opposition Corp

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End of Year Update: Snowy Ridge & Settlers’ Landing

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As we close the 2015 year, this is to update you on Snowy Ridge and Settlers Landing wind project, both of which are still in various stages of the Appeal.

Snowy Ridge (near Highway 7a and 35) was recently dismissed by the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT). They are now preparing for the next step of the Appeal process.

Please make cheques payable to:

SR Opposition Corp.
c/o 1063 Highway 7A
P.O. Box 142
Bethany, Ontario L0A 1A0
rawde@sympatico.ca

Settlers Landing (west side of Hwy 35 near Pontypool) won a partial victory with the ERT with a finding there was “serious and irreversible harm” due to two turbines and an access road and is now in the “remedy” stage.

SLWP Opposition Corp.
392 Telecom Road
Pontypool, Ontario L0A 1K0
stwilliams68@outlook.com
705 277 9724

In addition, there have been many calls about the replacement of hydro poles that have been taking place along highway 35 and 7A. Hydro One has advised that the wind companies are allowed to install the poles in advance of an approval, ERT Decision or an Appeal. If their project is not approved or overturned on Appeal, the wind company is responsible for covering the costs. So, while it seems premature to erect poles when a project has not been approved or is under Appeal, it is currently allowed and can proceed even while a wind project is under Appeal.

Snowy Ridge and Settlers Landing.

Both need your support to mount the final legs of the Appeal process. This is a very important step and  assistance is much appreciated.

All the best for 2016!

Heather Stauble
Councillor
Ward 16
City of Kawartha Lakes

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Settlers’ Landing Nov-Dec Update

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Snowy Ridge ERT Final Day of Testimony and THANKS!!

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Notes from the Final Day of Testimony
….and Thanks!!!

So. We made it through to the end of the testimony phase! Thanks to the incredible work of Heather Stauble, Jane Zednik, Geoff Carpentier, Kathleen Morton, Peter Beer, Bill Bateman, Perry Sisson, Bill Palmer and John Moore… as well as David Kerr of the City of Kawartha Lakes and the folks from Save the Oak Ridges Moraine, we presented a concise and well organized case. Thanks to the perseverance and able assistance Priya Vittal of Eric Gillespie’s firm, we were able to work around several formidable obstacles…..and even enjoyed a ‘coup de grace’ moment in the final witness testimony at yesterday’s hearing.

Now we move ahead with completing the final submissions; these are well underway and must be submitted by November 11, 2015, so that a decision will be given by the ERT prior to Christmas Break. This still represents huge amount of writing and assembly… so no rest yet!

We’ll keep you posted when we have made the submission. We have not asked for final oral submissions, but it is always possible that the Approval Holder may request this be done. If so, we will be requiring them to be held here in the community.

…and Thanks Again to Supporters!!

As always, many thanks to those who have sent along or given a contribution over the last few weeks. This allows us to push on with completing this phase of the appeal and filing for ministerial review once the ERT delivers the inevitable decision in favour of the Approval Holder.(Remember that it is this subsequent ministerial appeal that is still holding up the commencement of Sumac Ridge!)

As always…if you are able to help support our costs for legal fees and expenses, it is very much appreciated.

Cheques can be made out to SR Opposition Corp. c/o PO box 142, Bethany, Ontario, L0A 1A0.

Best Regards on behalf of the whole team,

Ron Awde
Director, SR Opposition Corp.

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Snowy Ridge ERT: Final Day Monday, October 26th, 2015

The next day of the Snowy Ridge hearing is now scheduled for Monday, October 26, 2015. It will now be at the Pontypool Community Centre and will start at 11am.

As we go into the final day of the hearing, I would like to remind everyone that we are still raising funds to pay the legal fees and costs for this hearing.

Ron Awde with COKL Councillor Heather Stauble at the Snowy Ridge ERT

Ron Awde with COKL Councillor Heather Stauble at the Snowy Ridge ERT

Please help us with the costs to complete our work for this stage of the appeal by sending a cheque to SR Opposition Corp. at PO Box 142, Bethany, Ontario.

And as always, if you have any concerns or questions or ideas…please give me a call at 705-277-9490 weekdays or 705-277-9618 (after 5 pm and on weekends). If I can’t give you an answer…I’ll make sure I can find someone who will.

We look forward to seeing you at the Pontypool Community Centre on the 26th!

Ron Awde
Director
SR Opposition Corp.

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Settlers’ Landing Oct 22nd ERT

SLWPThe Tribunal will hear the Approval Holder’s Motion to Admit New Evidence tomorrow morning, being Thursday, October 22, at 10:00 am and will follow with the final submissions from the parties and participants later in the day.

As a reminder, tomorrow’s appearance will be held in Pontypool Community Centre located at 254 John Street in Pontypool, Ontario.SLWP2

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ERT Schedules for Snowy Ridge and Settlers’ Landing

SETTLERS LANDING (West of Pontypool) – CLOSING ARGUMENTS
October 22nd, 2015
Pontypool Community Centre
10:00 a.m.
254 John Street in Pontypool, Ontario.

SNOWY RIDGE (North of Hwy 7A)- FINAL DAY of HEARING WITNESSES
October 26th, 2015
Pontypool Community Centre
11:00 a.m.
254 John Street in Pontypool, Ontario.

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