Settler’s Landing (Pontypool) Update

A message from Stu Williams and Dave Bridges of Pontypool:

Settlers Landing ERT Remediation Hearing April 25, 11:00 a.m. Pontypool Community Hall !!!!!!!!!

Please note the above date and time. If you are able to do so, PLEASE make an effort to attend and support our legal appeal team !! THIS IS OUR LAST PERFORMANCE PRIOR TO THE FINAL CURTAIN.

Just a quick review here.

1) We won the initial ERT appeal of last fall.

2) “New rule changes”—the wind company gets an opportunity to
propose changes to the site plan which woul “compensate” for, or eliminate the “Serious or Irreversible Damage to the Environment”.

3) We have seen their proposed changes and have responded to them.

4) The ERT Tribunal will hear our response and discussion regarding these
Changes on April 25th—— there may be an additional day added to
the hearings during the week.

5) This is it!!!!!! The Tribunal will make the decision to accept the
wind company’s proposed changes or stand firm with their decision which was in our favor!

Again— thank you to all of you who found that you were able to contribute to our legal effort. Following the e-mail of several weeks ago, some of you came forward with a second very generous contribution—-THANK YOU!

Our legal fund is not in good shape and the legal representation is still on the clock. If you know of people in the community who have expressed a desire to contribute then please ask them to make a cheque out to “ SLWP Opposition Corp”

Cheques may be mailed or dropped off to ——Stu Williams
392 Telecom Road
Pontypool, ON
L0A1K0

Thank You
Stu Williams and Dave Bridges

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Tree Clearing on Wild Turkey Road

NEWS RELEASE
April 21, 2016
For Immediate Release
City of Kawartha Lakes advises residents of tree clearing near Wild Turkey Road
KAWARTHA LAKES –Please be advised that wpd Sumac Ridge Wind Farm has provided the City with notice that it intends to clear trees in and around Wild Turkey Road, commencing on Saturday, April 23, 2016.
This tree clearing is authorized pursuant to a development agreement executed between wpd and the City as required by the Divisional Court decision (court file 37/15). The City has appealed the decision of the Divisional Court. The Court of Appeal will hear the appeal in early May.
The City has been provided with compensation for tree removal and, if successful at the Court of Appeal, will be entitled to restrict access.
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For more information please contact:

Rodney Porter
Public Works East Manager
705-324-9411 extension 3587
rporter@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca<mailto:rporter@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca>

2016-094 Tree clearing near Wild Turkey Road commencing this weekend

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Regarding wpd’s April 2016 Email…

Ron Awde’s Response to the email from Kevin Surette, Manager of Communications at wpd Canada Corp.

Subject: Sumac Ridge Community Liason Meeting

Hello Kevin,

Further to your notice of the creation of a Community Liason Committee….

Please remain assured that as I watch the destruction and industrialization of the lands around our farm with the Snowy Ridge project that I have no intention of aiding or abetting WPD in the ‘uglification’ of the Sumac Ridge area…. including the proposed totally unnecessary ravaging of Wild Turkey Road.

I have just seen the pictures of what you have just done at White Pines and can hardly swallow the bile that rose in my mouth. http://www.windconcernsontario.ca/

I do not wish you and your Community Liason Committee well.

I do not wish you success.

I can only hope that you and WPD fail in this project and in every other project you are foisting onto unwilling communities like ours.

I am still praying that WPD is not successful in forcing our City into having to open Wild Turkey Road…and that given the issues with the location for Turbine 5, that there will still be some chance that your project will be required to be modified.

You have helped rip our community into pieces and will leave nothing behind but more industrial garbage that degrades our rural and natural heritage areas.

I remain,

Ron Awde

 

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Manvers Wind Concerns “gofundme” Campaign Launched!!

https://www.gofundme.com/gzpxr22k

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Snowy Ridge Appeal For Ministerial Review

A message from Ron Awde who is working tirelessly for our community ……

Dear Friends,

Last week, as a result of the assistance from our MPP Laurie Scott and her staff, we were able to get the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to acknowledge receipt of the Appeal for Ministerial Review for Snowy Ridge and the specific request for stay of construction until all the matters of that Appeal have been considered.

Our request for a stay centres around the need to prevent serious damage to the environment in the event that portions of the project are relocated or removed as a result of our Appeal.

The Minister’s counsel responded with a list of questions for us, including the request for guidance on the jurisdiction for the Minister to issue a stay, as well as whether we had requested a stay from the ERT… and if not…. what were our reasons for not doing so.

On February 11th we sent the Minister of Environment and Climate Change our response to these questions.

Although Capstone is advising various parties that the Minister has no jurisdiction to issue a stay, our legal team has cited specific sections from the Green Energy Act in our reply, clearly indicating that the Minister does indeed have the authority to issue a stay and we provided clear and concise reasons why one should be imposed.

We noted for the Minister that seeking a stay through the ERT would not have been useful, since the panel would have to effectively rule against their own decision of December 22, 2016 and could not help being prejudiced … particularly given their order to strike all testimony and witnesses relating to noise prior to our Tribunal hearing.

With your continued support, we are now apparently breaking new ground in the appeal process under the Green Energy Act and have also been able to place our issues of construction on the Oak Ridges Moraine and in sensitive watershed areas…..as well as the issue of denial of a fair hearing on noise by the Environmental Review Tribunal… directly in front of the Minister himself. Our appeal for Snowy Ridge, no matter what the outcome, may now help Appellants for the Sumac Ridge and Settler’s Landing projects and hopefully be useful to other Appellants across the province as well.

Capstone and their counsel have until this Wednesday to respond to our submission and we expect that they will pull out all the stops to prevent the Minister from issuing a Stay, because of the broader implications for other projects under appeal.

I am also fully aware that the lawsuits launched against the provincial and federal governments this week…which are a demonstration of how ugly the wind industry can be when every project isn’t improved by government….along with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change approving turbines within 2 kilometres of an operating airport near Collingwood….and Capstone being given an adjournment until mid-April to redesign and essentially have a do-over of their Environmental Review Tribunal for Settler’s Landing…are stark reminders that the entire game is still tilted entirely in favour of the wind energy developers scrabbling after the ruinous subsidies they have been handed under this disastrous roll-out of ‘green’ energy in Ontario.

Now that our Appeal for Ministerial Review and request for Stay are filed, I have the obligation to keep working to raise funds to retire our financial obligations… and as I noted last week, it appears that raising the last $6000 is definitely going to be a real challenge. While I am looking at possible events like a super yard sale at our farm or something else in the Spring to raise some money, I have to confess that without a lot of help from everyone else in the community, it just isn’t possible to organize and run special fund-raising events on my own. So I am continuing to make an appeal for direct contributions from the community as the most effective way to pay the legal bills.

For those who have made contributions over the last week, thank you again!….you have helped us mount the best case we possibly could against this project and to take it as far as we could….right into the Minister’s own office.

For those who have made pledges over the last few months to add to your previous contributions, or to make a first time contribution, thank you again as well.
If possible, receiving your cheques by the end of February would help us to make our next instalment payment to Eric Gillespie’s firm. They have been very patient and supportive, but deserve payment for all of their incredibly hard work on our behalf.

As always, you can send your cheques made payable to:

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

I will update everyone next week on the responses from Capstone and the Minister.

In the meantime, keep watching what is happening across Ontario as the wind energy scandals heat up again as the 500 million dollar lawsuit over the politically motivated cancellation of the offshore turbines, the 50 million dollar lawsuit over the cancellation of the Nor’wester ridge project in the Liberal Minister of Natural Resources own riding and the community’s reaction to siting turbines in proximity to the Collingwood airport are in the news. Some of the stories:

Ontario Gas Scandal Doppelgänger | Tom Adams Energy – ideas for a smarter grid

Ontario Gas Scandal Doppelgänger | Tom Adams Energy – ideas for a smarter grid
On Monday, a NAFTA arbitration panel will start oral hearings in Toronto arising from a dispute between the Delaware-incorporated renewable power developer, Windstream Energy, and the Government of Canada (notice how awkward it is for the public to attend).
View on http://www.tomadamsenergy.com
Preview by Yahoo

http://www.tbnewswatch.com/News/380753/Horizon_launches_$50_million_lawsuit_against_province_over_failed_wind_farm_plans

http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/6305350-mpp-township-express-anger-disappointment-at-approval-of-wind-turbines-near-collingwood-airport/

And if you want to contact me, you can email me at rawde@sympatico.ca or give me a call at 705-277-9490!

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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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