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Appeal of Goulais Wind Project to be heard next week

Tuesday, December 10, 2013   by: Staff




The appeal of the approval of the Goulais Wind Project, Case No. 13-120, will be heard by the Environmental Review Tribunal as follows:

Date: Monday, December 16, 2013

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Travelodge Inn and Suites, 332 Bay Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Please note: 

  • The hearing will continue on December 17 and 18 (and possibly the 19th if it is required).  
  • The change in location.

Residents of Heyden, Island Lake, Peace Tree Drive, Goulais River and Sault Ste. Marie are urged to attend this public hearing which will determine whether the approval of the Goulais Wind Project will be upheld, denied, or mitigated.

The Grounds for Appeal as set for by Doug Moseley, Appellant, can be found here

In the matter of Moseley vs. the Ministry of the Environment, the Appellant is appealing the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) decision to issue a renewable energy approval (REA) to SP Development Limited Partnership through its general partner, 2381498 Ontario Inc.

The REA, issued under Part V.0.1 of the Environmental Protection Act and O. Reg. 359/09, permits the construction, installation, operation, use and retiring of a wind facility consisting of eleven turbines with a total name plate capacity of 25 megawatts.

The approved facility is located in the Unorganized Townships of Pennefather and Aweres in the District of Algoma.


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Joe Kidd 12/10/2013 4:37:45 PM Report

of course have meetings when most ppl at at their place of employment. What a rip.
MarcHandthefunkybunch 12/10/2013 5:26:20 PM Report

I think it's funny people complain about this. To all of those people who complain about the wind farms, I have a simple solution. Take away their power. Then we'll see how fast they come crawling back.
scottstewy123 12/10/2013 6:42:55 PM Report

Wind farms are more harmful to the environment. Countless birds being killed by them. They drive animals away from them due to electromagnetic pulses. Do your home work on them I have.
scottstewy123 12/10/2013 6:49:25 PM Report

Plus these wind and solar farms are being subsidized by the Ontario Government. The reason why our hydro bills keep climbing. Nuclear Power is the safest and cheapest way to go. And please do not point out Fukishima plant. That plant withstood a tremendous earth quake. It was the tsunami that killed it. An event Ontario would not see. Nuclear Plant I would support here in the North.
steelworker 12/10/2013 6:51:18 PM Report

...nameplate capacity- what the heck is that-total output if driven by a hurricane? This is a sham deal that will only benefit some at the detriment of others.
moose23 12/10/2013 7:18:43 PM Report

wind towers do kill birds and bats - proven (skyscrapers in Toronto kill many more birds I am sure) - no proven health effects (yet). My family has 2 wind towers on the property and the wildlife don't seem to mind the towers (e.g., I sat one day and watched a doe and fawn walk under a tower while turning; moose browse around the perimeters of the clearings, etc..). There is a noise factor but I have pretty much gotten used to it while working on the property as wildlife apparently have. What I disagree with is the fact that we DON'T need more power - we give power away to other states/provinces so why produce EXPENSIVE power we don't need. AGREE WITH ABOVE COMMENT RE:NUCLEAR - THIS IS THE BEST SOLUTION - only downfall is how to secure the nuclear waste which essentially "will never break down". The biggest complaint is aesthetics and this what drives criticism masked by fears of health issues.
Right of Centre 12/10/2013 7:36:22 PM Report

Wind farms (and solar farms) are hazardous to my wallet.
MarcHandthefunkybunch 12/10/2013 7:53:17 PM Report

Ok, so to further my point. Let's take away your internet, iPad, TV and lights so a few birds don't get killed. I'm sure you'd be perfectly fine with that eh?
notpc 12/10/2013 7:59:57 PM Report

To Marchandthefunkybunch

A much simpler solution than yours is to build power plants that actually produce cheap, dependable power. Like natural gas or hydro. Wind is the least dependable and is far more likely to leave people without power when it's really needed. Plus its cost is helping to bankrupt this province. To top that off, other sources of power have to be built to back up the wind power for when it doesn't produce enough, anyway.

inferno 12/10/2013 8:23:45 PM Report

no problem killing birds in every other human aspect of life and continue to complain about high energy costs but continue to do nothing about it

AverageSchlubb 12/10/2013 8:39:18 PM Report

Those 50 storey high things don't belong in that area north of the Sault which has (or very soon "used to have") some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada. And there's many more projects waiting in the wings once this one goes up. It would be different if it was worth it but it's not! We don't need the power they're gonna generate--the province pays other jurisdictions to take our power off our hands--what a shame! I don't understand the reasoning for putting them there and I don't understand why people around here aren't upset enough to do something to stop them.
Right of Centre 12/10/2013 9:35:13 PM Report

They should be disallowed on the excess electricity issue alone, never mind the $$ contracts and concerns of nearby residents (although that all counts in my mind).

Green energy is a joke, and like the AGW scare, makes big money for a few, by scamming it out of taxpayers' pockets. Are you listening Al Gore and Suzuki?

boze 12/10/2013 9:48:34 PM Report

What ticks me off is that our nice real estate is being takin by these wind mills, and our bills keep going higher. Look at the real estate the solar farm is taking up and we dont benefit from it.
shju 12/10/2013 9:49:00 PM Report

The power generated from one tower will pay for itself in the long run. Personally id like to see more nuclear power plants. Don't need as many to power the grid. The 20 billion price tag for one power plant is nothing. Just ask some sault residents to pay for them. They seem to have all the answers from the internet.
RonBes 12/10/2013 10:33:30 PM Report

This has more to do with high bills than green power:
Pa* 12/10/2013 11:04:48 PM Report

Instead of complaining, go to the damn meeting and say your piece. If you won't take the time to go, you have nothing to b!tch about.
Lone24 12/11/2013 9:47:12 AM Report

Sounds like your going to be showing up there Pa.
Lone24 12/11/2013 9:48:55 AM Report

You do have a great point, though.
Pa* 12/11/2013 2:02:40 PM Report

I won't be at the meeting because I'm all for the windmills.
R0FL0L 12/12/2013 4:32:56 PM Report

hahah I hear you already screaming:"NIMBY" when they come and want to store a little bit of the nuclear waste in your area. OR build one of those gigantic power plants up here. NO NO we want the power as cheap as possible not with any constructions of any sort of power plant non-renewable or otherwise.
And for"Countless birds being killed" every Hyw. every Highrise ever BellTower and every Tower that carries the power line to your house ooppss everything we human beings are doing, is destroying the wild life. By the way maybe the bears get scared to death with these windmills :) oh ooppps then you can't go out and shoot them anymore. ooppss
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