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Notice of appeal hearing for Bow Lake wind facility approval

Thursday, January 09, 2014   by: Staff

Preliminary Hearing:

Date:   January 28, 2014
Time:   10 a.m.
Place:  City Centre Travelodge, Northern Lights Ballroom, 332 Bay Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Purpose of the preliminary hearing:        

  • To rule on requests from groups and individuals for Party, Participant or Presenter Status
  • To identify the issues to be considered at the main Hearing
  • To deal with any preliminary matters to be raised by Parties, Participants and Presenters

Any person who wishes to participate in this hearing as a Party, Participant or Presenter should provide their request in writing (preferably by email) by 4 p.m. no later than January 23, 2014 to:

Eva Pietrzyk
Case Coordinator/Planner
Environmental Review Tribunal
655 Bay Street, Suite 1500
Toronto, ON M5G 1E5
Tel:      416 314 4712 or 1 866 448 2248
Fax:     416 314 4506

This request must indicate:

  • Status sought as Party, Participant or Presenter
  • Statement of issues, facts and submissions relevant to the appeal
  • How the Bow Lake Wind Facility will cause serious harm to human  health or serious and irreversible harm to plant  life, animal life or the natural environment
  • Whether the applicant’s interests may be directly and substantially affected by the Hearing or its result
  • Whether the applicant has a genuine interest, whether public or private in subject  matter of the proceeding
  • Applicant’s contact information including telephone, email and fax.

The main hearing will be February 25, 2013, at 11 a.m., also at the City Centre Travelodge.

Appeals were filed on December 31, 2013 by James Fata and 2401339 Ontario Ltd., regarding the construction, installation, operation, use and retiring of a Class 4 wind facility with a total nameplate capacity of up to 58.32 mw on Crown Land South of Smilsky and Peever, District of Algoma.

The Bow Lake Renewable Energy Approval was issued by the Director, Ministry of the Environment, on December 16, 2013 to Shongwish Nodin Kitagan GP Corp., and Shongwish Nodin Kitagan 2 GP Corp., as general partners of Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnership and Nodin Kitagan 2 Limited Partnership under section 47.5 of the Environmental Protection Act.

Developers for the Bow Lake wind facility also include DP Energy, Vortex Power and BluEarth Renewables.


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roxpin 1/9/2014 12:21:39 PM Report

Waste of time going it's just a formality, to make people think they care. There going to do anyways they think same way kevin o'leary thinks, i want to go to bed at night and wake up richer than i was. Tourism will be effected talk about money loss, no one is going to come from Europe and all over to stare at windmills!.The last hearing i was at i asked the guy straight out if we were going to benefit from this on a financial or any other way and he said the power will be transferred down south ,for them to use, and will have to be up to our northern power company to decide to dip into the energy pool or not, all a crock !!
Dictionary 1/9/2014 12:59:56 PM Report

Would all these NIMBY crybabies prefer a nuclear plant on the north shore?
Left Winger 1/9/2014 1:32:04 PM Report

lol roxpin

You must lead a very sheltered life if you want to use the old "but tourism will be effected" card.

Have you really been up the north highway to see just how much tourism is going on? and that's at any time or season of the year....

sad day indeed when the NIMBY's keep trotting out that poor excuse
roxpin 1/9/2014 1:40:53 PM Report

say that now until they plant one in your backyard!
Dictionary 1/9/2014 2:18:05 PM Report

i recreate in the area. do I want to see windmills? no. but i'd rather a windmill than see another great river dammed on superior (like the Steel). i'd also prefer a windmill to a coal plant, or a nuke plant in my backyard. there could be worse ways to contribute to society than a windmill in our backyard. and we all have to contribute.
Left Winger 1/9/2014 2:23:13 PM Report


really don't want to know what you are recreating in that area or is it - utilize the area for recreational
Dictionary 1/9/2014 2:26:54 PM Report

YES! I was recreating in that vicinity last week! ;)
mrmoon 1/9/2014 3:04:15 PM Report

Just a little note about wind farms...
1.. they are the most expensive way to generate power
2.. they can not be used in high wind situations
3.. they can be very loud and distracting
4.. though they are less intrusive then a hydro dam they still cause considerable disruption to the surrounding area

You might want to take some time and read about Nicola Tesla. His theories have been proven correct but since it limits the bottom line for the greedy we are told that nuclear,hydro and wind and to a lesser extent solar, is the only proper form of providing everyone electricity
roxpin 1/9/2014 3:37:20 PM Report

Who's to say they won't build nuclear plants after all we are paving the way starting from solar panels ,to windmills to what's next??, And if we are a city that generates so much power how come we pay the highest electricity rates in canada, now that puc ,is no longer government regulated so they have no control or can't cap the rates but now privatized they can charge whatever they want explains why puc will have doubled by 2016 , but you guys are probably Gung ho for that too!
DoubleHs 1/9/2014 4:09:43 PM Report

655 Bay Street, Toronto Ontario, hmm Nimbyism might work as the MOE office is south of the 401, it worked to shelve the mega quarry in Dalton's beloved Green Belt and the gas plants also, but the nearest turbines to Bay Street and the business world are likely in Niagara.
These appeals are being heard by the same ministries (MNR and MOE) that approved the cutting down of two hundred year old Cottonwood trees in Haldiman County so the pair of nesting Bald Eagles wouldn't come back to nest near the newly placed turbines which were in close proximity.
Good luck Jim Fata in your appeal but as we are not in the Muskokas, the play ground of our politicians nor south of the 401 corridor Algoma/Manitoulin will be up for grabs for those that studied their maps for sites close to existing infrastructure, aka the "Grid". The courtship with Blue Earth and BFN commenced days after the Green Energy Plan's guaranteed subsidies were fresh off the printer.
Wonder if Ontario Hydro Generation is still dumping water around the Adam Beck generating station through the billion dollar tunnel recently completed under the city of Niagara Falls, another blunder costing the taxpayer to help prop up the wind developers.
Did I actually read the words Crown Land in the article, who is the rightful owner of that compared to Traditional Land, pay your taxes yet?
tommy_boi07 1/10/2014 2:27:31 AM Report


1) Any method of power generation is going to be somewhat intrusive, I challenge you to name one that is less intrusive than wind power.
2) Have you ever been even remotely close to a wind farm? They are not "loud", sure if you stand under a tower you're going to hear something but they are not nearly as loud as a nuke, coal or natural gas plant would be.
3) Distracting? If you're concerned about being distracted by a windmill I think you've got bigger issues to deal with than where they build a wind farm.

No matter what happens the NIMBY's are going to find something to raise a fuss about. Build the wind farm, they'll get over it.
trj 1/10/2014 11:51:01 AM Report

Boy Tommy you sure have a lot to learn about these VERY intrusive steel monsters that do nothing but destroy. Yes the tourist industry will inadvertently suffer. Yes they are very costly and proof that the benefits from wind are only of fraction of the advertised name plate and yes they cause adverse health conditions. When was the last time that you stood under one? Why do the people in Prince and as far as Goulais hear them and you do not? Ask some property owners around Prince lake and Red Rock if they hear them and how much they like it and if their lives are not affected by the sight or sound, not to mention their property values. Would you live close to one? Not Intrusive then what is? Ask any hunter where's the wildlife? Proof of the many birds that die including eagles, surely their existences has nothing to do with these steel towers has it? Not Intrusive? Some great cities were built around hydro dams. The many camps along the Montreal River are enjoyed fully. When will this so called GREEN Energy Scam be welcomed? NOT in our life time.We will NEVER get over it as you say. This destruction can not be reversed.This is all about MONEY and Greed. What do you see?
Also mentioned was that this project is in Crown Land south of Smilsky and Peever, but in fact is south of The Montreal River with most in Smilsky Township and a few in Peever. Just great to see or hear while fishing on Bow lake. NOT!!
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