County and community members fighting Jericho Wind farm at Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal

PARKHILL – A steady stream of vehicles drove Thursday under a giant utility structure and into the parking lot of the North Middlesex Community Centre.

Residents have dubbed the arch formed by a power line running overhead between two towers “the Gates of Hell.” The line feeds an electrical substation.

The Parkhill community centre is the site of an environmental review tribunal hearing for NextEra Energy’s Jericho Wind Energy project that is adding 92 turbines to Lambton and Middlesex counties.

Several residents of the two counties are appealing the Ontario Environment Ministry’s approval of the project.

In her presentation, Muriel Allingham accused NextEra and other wind energy companies of depriving residents of their rights.

“Each and every individual is deserving of the right to life, liberty and the security of the person,” she said. “Unless, of course, you live in rural Ontario, then you are commanded by process to shut up and give up.” (Source: Read more)

Read Muriel Allingham opening statement for the Jericho ERT

Our vision here today is to expose the corruption, to expose the injustice

Emotions are running high at the opening day of an Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal hearing to determine the fate of a wind turbine project by NextEra Energy in Lambton and Middlesex Counties. Community members and the County of Lambton are facing off against the Ontario Environment Ministry and NextEra Energy over the Jericho Wind Energy Project, which would bring 92 turbines to the region.

An opening statement by resident Muriel Allingham, who is appealing the provincial ministry’s approval of the Jericho project alongside several other community members, attacked NextEra as greedy. In order to overturn the province’s approval of the Jericho Wind Project, Allingham and the County of Lambton must prove it will cause severe harm to humans or the environment. (Source: Read more)

Environmental tribunal to hear arguments Tuesday about potential witness


The question of whether or not a mother of three autistic children will be called to testify at an appeal of Ontario’s environmental approval of a 92-turbine wind farm in Lambton County is set to be argued Tuesday in Parkhill.

A summons for Sarah Hornblower to testify at Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal hearings into an appeal of the Environment Ministry’s renewable energy approval for NextEra Energy’s Jericho Wind Energy project is the subject of a preliminary hearing Tuesday, 11 a.m., at the North Middlesex Community Centre.

The summons was issued by Sylvan resident Bob Lewis, who is appealing the ministry’s approval for the wind project.

Lewis is being assisted by Lambton Shores resident Marcelle Brooks who declined Monday to comment on details of the summons, but said, “The hearing tomorrow is going to be quite unique, because I don’t believe anyone has ever summoned a witness who has been gagged.”

Last week, Brooks said they had summoned a witness who had agreements with wind companies.

Hornblower, who lives with her family on Ridge Road in Lambton Shores, spoke in public in the past about her concerns that wind turbines planned for the community could impact three of her children who have been diagnosed with autism. (Source: Read more)

Wind Turbine Near Hydro and Water Lines Raises Concerns

DUNNVILLE Residents opposed to a Haldimand County wind project say they’re concerned about at least one turbine being built too close to hydro and water lines. However, the Grand Renewable Energy Park developer Samsung says it’s following all laws and regulations. “The REA (Renewable Energy Approval) does not require specific setbacks from water mains,” Samsung spokesperson Tim Smitheman said. “Each turbine has received a building permit from the Haldimand municipality.”

Ministry of the Environment spokesperson Lindsay Davidson said the Green Energy Act only contains setback requirements for noise, natural heritage and water bodies. Brad Smith, who lives just outside Dunnville and has a turbine under construction just 900 metres from his property, said he believes there should be setback requirements for hydro and water lines. “The Green Energy Act just supersedes anything,” he said. (Source: Read more)

First Nation returns to court seeking injunction against wind farm


First Nation returns to court seeking injunction against wind farm

THUNDER BAY — The Fort William First Nation, Horizon Wind Inc., and the province were back in a Thunder Bay Courtroom Monday. Fort William First Nation is seeking an injunction against the Ministry of Environment and other provincial ministries.

The First Nation alleges Crown ministries have failed in their duty to consult over the proposed Big Thunder Wind Park. (Source: Read more) ( original: )