WpdCanada at work on Wild Turkey Rd in the Oak Ridges Moraine.
WpdCanada at work on Wild Turkey Rd in the Oak Ridges Moraine.
May 12, 2016
SCOTT CALLS MINISTER OUT ON ENVIRONMENTALLY DAMAGING WIND TURBINES IN OAK RIDGES MORAINE
QUEEN’S PARK – Today, MPP Laurie Scott criticized the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change for allowing a wind project near Bethany to disrupt the sensitive moraine.
After the Snowy Ridge energy project went through a lengthy process with the Environmental Review Tribunal, the project’s footprint has now expanded over what was already approved by the tribunal and the Ministry. Scott pointed out that the project’s expansion did not receive any public review or input.
“The modification report is 165 pages and the late expansion raises questions as to whether the company was working in good faith with the Ministry and the tribunal,” said Scott. “Does the Minister believe it is appropriate for the government to approve a project that puts out inaccurate and incomplete information?”
Scott added that a stay was denied by the Minister himself, while he is allowing the project to proceed with construction.
The expansion of the project includes work in the environmentally-sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine. As well, the proposed route of the collector line will go through compensation habitat for species at risk, and cause potentially irreversible damage on surrounding wildlife.
The current government has disregarded the hydro-geologically sensitive area to welcome industrial turbines.
“Why is the Minister allowing industrial wind projects in protected areas like the Oak Ridges Moraine?” asked Scott.
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As many people are aware, tree-cutting for the Sumac Ridge access road began last Sunday on Wild Turkey Road.
This was allowed because the City was required to sign a development agreement recently with the developer.
The timing is unfortunate because the court case between the City and the developer goes to the Court of Appeal of Ontario next Monday, May 2. (We understand at Osgoode Hall in Toronto at 10:00 a.m.) The City had no choice but, if the result of the appeal is that the developer cannot open up Wild Turkey Road, then many of the trees are gone for no reason.
We are monitoring the situation on Wild Turkey Road and are very grateful to local residents who are keeping an eye on what is going on. It would be helpful if you keep MWC informed on what you see if you travel along Wild Turkey Road, especially the start of any new or different work or starting to break ground along the road or elsewhere in the project. Please send photos of Wild Turkey Rd activities and any details to MWC and you should copy our councillor, Heather Stauble, at her council email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We found on a visit last Sunday that tree-cutting began without wpd (Canada) Ltd. being in full compliance with protective measures they announced would be in place.
No biologist had visited the site to look for migratory birds’ nests.
The work crew were not provided with information on birds and nests.
A rare species butternut tree was not sufficiently protected.
Peterborough MOECC sent an official to the site yesterday, Thursday, after a formal complaint to the Ontario government was copied to that office.
He found that wpd had sent a biologist to the site belatedly on Wednesday this week.
There is ongoing communication between MOECC and MNR about whether the protection for a species at risk tree is sufficient.
We will keep watching wpd’s activities and will appreciate your help with monitoring the project.
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
Stu Williams and Dave Bridges
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.
For more information please contact:
Public Works East Manager
705-324-9411 extension 3587
Ron Awde’s Response to the email from Kevin Surette, Manager of Communications at wpd Canada Corp.
Subject: Sumac Ridge Community Liason Meeting
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.