Weekly PEC wind turbine news — Mon, Aug 22, 2011
Here are current news items regarding the wind energy issue, prepared by CCSAGE and focused primarily on developments in Prince Edward County.
For an explanation of acronyms used, see http://wp.me/p1M8CZ-15.
Gilead Ostrander Point. Another week has passed with no confirmation by MOE that the Gilead REA application is complete, which is step 1 in the REA approval process. Step 2 will be posting the application on the EBR Registry for 30 or 60 days for public comment. It now appears certain that Gilead will not be able to complete construction of the turbines in 2011.
Gilead Adolphus Reach. Gilead is obtaining lease options for turbines from landowners on the north side of Adolphus Reach, opposite North Marysburgh. It’s unclear whether this is for an additional project or whether it’s an alternative site if Gilead’s proposal for Ostrander Point is rejected.
PEC Council Strategic Plan. PEC Council has decided NOT to include mitigation of wind energy development as one of its priorities in its strategic plan for the remainder of the council term.
Point to Point PEC Foundation. This group has been running a poll on its website at www.pointtopointpec.ca, asking people to choose between turbines and no turbines at Ostrander Point. With almost 700 votes cast, the result is: No turbines 94%, Turbines 6%.
The County Letters. The third in a series of ads by CCSAGE on wind energy issues was published in the Gazette and the Times, this one addressed to the ministers of MNR and MOE on the topic of the natural environment.
WindyLeaks. WindyLeaks released an internal document written by a senior environmental officer at MOE in which he suggested that the GEA noise limit of 40 dBA (actually, could be as high as 51 dBA) should more appropriately be 30 to 32 dBA. (Note: A 10 dBA increase is perceived as doubling the loudness; a 20 dBA increase is four times.)
WPD White Pines. WPD’s agents are phoning homeowners in South Marysburgh and Athol looking for support for their 30-turbine project, which will cover much of South Marysburgh and part of Athol. One person called was told that WPD is planning its first of two required public meetings in September.
The County Letters. The fourth in the series of ads by CCSAGE on wind energy issues will be published in the Gazette and the Times this week. This one is addressed to Rob MacLean, CEO of Gilead Power Corporation.
WindyLeaks. On Monday morning, WindyLeaks will release another internal Ontario government document obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.