From Wind Concerns Ontario: Settlers’ Landing ERT

Environmental Review Tribunal waives notice of hearing for Settlers Landing

So much for openness and transparency in government dealings: door closed effectively to preliminary hearing
So much for openness and transparency in government dealings: door closed effectively to preliminary hearing

“Unbelievable,” is how Kawartha Lakes councillor Heather Stauble described recent actions buy the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal, related to the appeal of the 10-MW Settlers’ Landing wind power project.

The councillor had inquired about Notice, saying that many people interested in the project and who had taken the time to comment on it, had not received word about the preliminary hearings.

The response from the ERT was as follows.

Thank-you for your inquiry regarding the Notice of the Preliminary Hearing and Hearing in the SLWP appeal against Settler’s Landing Wind Park. While Rule 31(b) of the Environmental Review Tribunal’s Rules of Practice and Practice Directions require that the Director, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change provide the Tribunal with a list of those “who made submissions to the Director regarding the renewable energy project or who have given notice to the Director that they have an interest in the renewable energy project”, the MOECC has raised concerns that the provision of such information is not in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.    Having taken such concerns into consideration, the Tribunal has exercised its authority under Rule 5 and waived the requirement that the Director provide this information.  Further, changes to the Tribunal’s Rules of Practice are in process and will remove this provision.

A draft of the proposed Rule changes can be found on the ERT website at:www.ert.gov.on.ca

For your information, I have attached a copy of the Notice of Preliminary Hearing and Hearing and Cover Letter for this matter to this email.   Should you or any other member of the public wish to seek status to participate in the hearing,  please review the requirements set out in the Notice.    A Status Request Form is also available on the Tribunal’s website and if you require a copy of the appeal to complete your request, please let me know.

Sincerely,
Eva Pietrzyk

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 22, 2015 at 10 a.m., at City Hall, City of Kawartha Lakes. Please see the attached Notice of Prelim and Hearing.A1.15037 for details, and on requirements should you wish to be a Party, Participant, or Intervenor in this appeal.

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