Mu­nic­i­pal re­view finds in­for­ma­tion lack­ing in wind farm pro­posal

Dut­ton Dun­wich coun­cil re­tained com­pany to probe plan

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - LOCAL NEWS - VICKI GOUGH SPE­CIAL TO POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

The Strong Breeze Wind Project plan in Dut­ton-Dun­wich is rife with gaps and de­fi­cien­cies ac­cord­ing to a Toronto-based en­gi­neer­ing com­pany.

That and more was de­tailed in a re­port made by Mor­ri­son Her­sh­field Ltd. for Dut­ton-Dun­wich coun­cil. The en­gi­neer­ing re­port found prob­lems in the draft Re­new­able En­ergy Ap­proval (REA) doc­u­ments to con­struct a wind farm in Dut­ton Dun­wich.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­tained Mor­ri­son Her­sh­field to eval­u­ate the Strong Breeze Wind Project draft re­port pre­pared by Stan­tec Consulting Ltd. for In­ven­ergy.

There is in­for­ma­tion lack­ing in that same draft REA sub­mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to the Mor­ri­son Her­sh­field re­port.

That in­cludes in­con­sis­ten­cies be­tween the rated ca­pac­ity of the two types of tur­bine mod­els; not enough in­for­ma­tion on un­der­ground elec­tri­cal line routes; im­pacts to mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture; height of ae­rial elec­tri­cal lines; and the an­tic­i­pated span be­tween sup­port posts.

The re­port also blasts In­ven­ergy’s method­ol­ogy, stat­ing “the as­sess­ment ap­pears to have been un­der­taken as a desk­top ex­er­cise only.”

The mu­nic­i­pal study pro­cured by In­ven­ergy stated the com­pany would re­turn the land to pre­ex­ist­ing con­di­tion or bet­ter. But tur­bine and trans­former foun­da­tions will only be re­moved to a depth of ap­prox­i­mately one me­tre de­spite deeper foun­da­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­view the REA sub­mis­sion lacks suf­fi­cient ar­chae­o­log­i­cal, cul­tural, and nat­u­ral her­itage as­sess­ments.

No de­tailed re­view was found in the doc­u­ments for po­ten­tial im­pacts the project may have on potable wa­ter sources.

Coun­cil will in­clude the find­ings in its mu­nic­i­pal con­sul­ta­tion form as part of the 90-day mu­nic­i­pal re­view process, as set out in pro­vin­cial reg­u­la­tions for wind farm pro­pos­als.

Over 80 per cent of Dut­ton Dun­wich prop­erty own­ers have voted against wind farms within their com­mu­nity.

In­ven­ergy wants to con­struct up to 20 wind tur­bines in Dut­ton Dun­wich.

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