URGENT: SAY NO TO TURBINES NOW
The Industrial Wind Turbine project known as Sumac Ridge Wind Farm, proposed for Manvers Township near Highway 35 and Ballyduff Road, which will directly affect the Oak Ridges Moraine, is now open for public comment in the Environmental Registry.
PLEASE POST YOUR OBJECTIONS TO THIS PROJECT ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTRY WEBSITE KNOWN AS THE EBR. IT IS YOUR RIGHT TO DO SO. IT IS IN THE INTERESTS OF ALL OF US TO MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD BY THE GOVERNMENT.
PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS INFORMATION TO ALL THOSE YOU KNOW WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT PROTECTING THEIR HOMES, THEIR FARMLAND, THEIR RURAL HERITAGE AND THE UNIQUE OAK RIDGES MORAINE, WHEREVER THEY LIVE.
1. COMMENTS CLOSE ON MAY 19th, 2013
2. Manvers Wind Concerns has researched this project in detail. Technical objections carry more weight with the Ministry of the Environment, the department that will decide for or against this project. Many technical points can be found if you go to Sumac Ridge Technical Concerns document. Please cut and paste one or many of the detailed technical sections into every email or letter you send – or the full fifty pages of technical material. The more often you submit, the better, and the more submissions, the better. Your personal comments are important and should be used to make each submission unique. Or find shorter objection comments listed below the submission instructions.
3. You have three options for submitting objections
A: – post them on the EBR website (see below)
B: – send them directly by email to the project adjudicator (see below), or
C: – mail letters to the Ministry of the Environment (see below)
Whichever way you go, it is very important for the campaign that you mail or email each comment to us before or when you send it in (see below), and also print, copy or save it for yourself. We will collect and copy each and every comment and send them on to Councillor Stauble and to government ministers and other significant persons. We need many hundreds of comments.
4. Note that comments sometimes disappear on the EBR website and can’t be retrieved. So, please copy everything to email@example.com and Councillor Heather Stauble firstname.lastname@example.org before you paste comments for submission to the EBR website (and keep a copy for yourself).
- You can access the project registry at: Sumac Ridge EBR Site
- A button on the right side, when clicked on, leads to the EBR comment form. You must provide personal contact information but this information will NOT be made public. Once your comments have been made, you press the SAVE button. (NOTE: this is not a SAVE button but a SUBMIT button.) You can print out a copy, or copy the submission and save it as an email to yourself, but it’s safer to write the submission as an email or a document, copy it to us, and then paste it to the site as the last step.
B. You can email copies of your objection to the MOE adjudicator.
*Please copy email@example.com and Councillor Heather Stauble firstname.lastname@example.org on your email.
C. You can mail your objections to the MOE
Senior Project Evaluator
Ministry of the Environment
Environmental Approvals Branch
2 St. Clair Avenue West
It is important to save copies of all objections sent by letter and mail them to Manvers Wind Concerns at 1450 Highway 7A, Box 14, Bethany, ON L0A 1A0.
We will be staging community sign in days on Saturday, May 4th and May 11th, 10am-1pm at Aunt Laura’s Tearoom, 1402 Hwy 7A, East of Porter Rd. So, if you do not have access to a computer or feel that you need assistance, please come and write letters with your neighbours.
If you have a query or need help on the phone, contact email@example.com with your phone number and someone will get back to you.
In addition to the longer technical objections (or instead), here is a short sample of objections that you are also most welcome to copy, edit, paste, etc.
- LOCATION: The Oak Ridges Moraine deserves to be preserved for the generations following us into the future. Its beauty and quiet tranquility forms part of our rural consciousness. The Sumac Ridge project is partly on the Oak Ridge Moraine and its approval will allow many more similar projects on the protected land of the Moraine. The permanent destruction of this magnificent landscape for a meagre amount of intermittent energy supply is unacceptable. The ORM Conservation Act of 2001 was put into place to preserve Ontario’s “water barrel” in perpetuity. While the Act allows for ‘power transmission lines”, it does not allow for industry or for private, for-profit industrial energy power plants.
- SETBACKS FROM HOMES: Three power plants Settlers Landing, Snowy Ridge and wpd Canada’s Sumac Ridge, are all planned to be in close proximity. These projects should be considered as ONE power plant project, not separate energy generating plants. Under the Green Energy Act, a 15 turbine power plant must respect a further setback than 550 m – from 650 m to 800 m per turbine.
- HUMAN HEALTH :In as much as there continues to be an increasing body of evidence that physical harm is being inflicted on many humans living in close proximity to wind turbines, and Health Canada is in the process of conducting a human health study, no further wind turbine projects should be approved until health impact issues have been resolved.
4. Property Values: In spite of vague, out of date, US based property valuations provided by wind lobbyists that property values will not be affected, there is extensive evidence that the presence of wind turbines negatively impacts realty values, in many cases making certain homes unsellable. For many rural residents, their life savings are invested in their homes and properties. Rural properties are often used as old age security or retirement collateral. Depriving residents of their hard-earned savings in order to benefit corporations is not acceptable.
5. Natural Heritage and Endangered Species: The habitat of several species of endangered wildlife will be destroyed by the Sumac Ridge project. The project calls for the removal of thousands of trees and the destruction of open country meadowlands. Construction of this project may cause irreparable harm to surface and groundwater sources. No hydrology studies were conducted. Massive destruction of an environmentally sensitive ecosystem is unacceptable.
6. Additional Objections: Further negative impacts from industrial wind development to be constructed in part on the ecologically sensitive Oak Ridge Moraine will include:
– the degradation of the environment and local ecosystems
– the destruction of woodland and open meadow habitat known to contain species at risk threatening the recognized biodiversity
of the Oak Ridges Moraine
– the possible risk of irreparable damage to and contamination of the diverse surface and ground water systems in an area of the Moraine designated as one of High Aquifer Vulnerability
– light pollution that will affect the night skies
-the prevention of opportunities for smaller local initiatives and microFIT projects due to the use of local transmission infrastructure by the large scale project
– burdening the community with unnecessary power infrastructure and causing a financial strain on municipal and emergency services
– the loss of land use in and around the Sumac Ridge project area which will limit future economic development in the area
– the high potential for a negative impact to the tourism/seasonal resident/retiree economy that is vitally important to the region
– property devaluation not only in the immediate area but in the region – there are several recent studies that indicate property values fall between 20 to 40%
– soaring electricity costs for homes and small businesses
– multiple and negative impacts on human health – several current peer reviewed scientific research papers demonstrate this quite clearly
– low frequency and noise pollution will not only affect residents but will negatively alter the peaceful and non-industrial nature of this protected region
Industrial large scale projects such as the Sumac Ridge project which will cover hundreds of acres and will dramatically and negatively alter the historic rural and natural character of this area and compromise the government-protected Oak Ridges Moraine must NOT be allowed.