Save The Na­tion gets ready

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

A “Get ready” ses­sion is be­ing or­ga­nized by the Save The Na­tion cit­i­zens group to ex­press op­po­si­tion to the pro­posed Eastern Fields wind tur­bine devel­op­ment.

The meet­ing will be held May 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the se­nior cit­i­zens' hall at the Cale­do­nia Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in St-Bernardin.

The Eastern Fields Wind Power Project was awarded a power pur­chase con­tract from the In­de­pen­dent Elec­tric­ity Sys­tem Op­er­a­tor (IESO) in March, 2016. The project is cur­rently in devel­op­ment and slated to be op­er­a­tional in early 2019.

The wind farm will be lo­cated on pub­lic and pri­vate land in The Na­tion and Cham­plain Town­ship, north of High­way 417 and ex­tend­ing along County Road 22, within the gen­eral area of St-Bernardin. “No, it's still not a done deal! Let's keep work­ing to­gether!” That is the ral­ly­ing cry of the Save The Na­tion group, urg­ing peo­ple to ex­press their ob­jec­tions through the www.ebr.gov.on.ca En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­istry of On­tario web page.

June 2 is the dead­line to sub­mit com­ments to the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

“By sub­mit­ting com­ments to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­istry, your are of­fi­cially stat­ing your con­cerns about this project to the Min­istry of the En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change,” the group says. “The Min­istry must take rel­e­vant com­ments into ac­count be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion. Your opin­ion is im­por­tant - make it count. This could af­fect your fu­ture!” All mem­bers of the pub­lic may sub­mit com­ments on this project. “What should the com­ments be about? Any el­e­ment that con­cerns you, for ex­am­ple: Noise - the pro­moter elected to ap­ply out­dated rules to noise mod­el­ling for this project in­stead of cur­rent guide­lines that of­fer bet­ter pro­tec­tion for hu­man health.

“Your well wa­ter and aquifer. Did you know that our area's aquifer is con­sid­ered to be highly vul­ner­a­ble and that there could be an im­pact on the quan­tity and qual­ity of wa­ter for the next 20 years?”

Other is­sues in­clude hu­man health, es­pe­cially chil­dren, the con­sul­ta­tion process, wildlife and en­dan­gered species habi­tat, peo­ple's pro­tec­tion and haz­ards from ice thrown by tur­bine blades.

Ad­di­tional con­cerns are an­i­mal health, the project’s im­pact on milk pro­duc­tion and live­stock, prop­erty value re­duc­tion, road dam­age and prop­erty taxes.

Mean­while, Eastern Fields rep­re­sen­ta­tives will meet the pub­lic Tues­day, May 15 and Wednes­day, May 23 at the Cale­do­nia Com­mu­nity Cen­tre from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit www.east­ern­fieldswind.com to see more in­for­ma­tion. The web page deals with a series of fre­quently asked ques­tions. For ex­am­ple, “Do wind tur­bines af­fect health?” “No. There is no ro­bust ev­i­dence that wind tur­bines af­fect peo­ple’s health. Over 60 sci­en­tific ar­ti­cles from around the world have been writ­ten about the im­pact of wind tur­bines on health, with no ev­i­dence to sup­port a link to date. With thou­sands of tur­bines al­ready in­stalled in Canada alone, what has been ob­served in some sit­u­a­tions is that wind tur­bines can cause ‘an­noy­ance’ for a small por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion.” The com­pany cites a Health Canada study that found no ev­i­dence to sup­port a link be­tween tur­bine noise and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, high blood pres­sure, ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat, di­a­betes, stress, sleep qual­ity, or any other ad­verse health ef­fect. (GFL) En­vi­ron­men­tal Inc. as part of a long-stand­ing host agree­ment be­tween the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the Moose Creek waste fa­cil­ity op­er­a­tor.

This sum of money was taken from the GFL Host Com­mu­nity Fund.

“This small mu­nic­i­pal­ity wel­comes such a con­tri­bu­tion,” stated Mayor Den­nis Fife.

“We are al­ways look­ing for ways to re­main sus­tain­able while de­liv­er­ing key ser­vices as roads and in­fra­struc­ture. This con­tri­bu­tion will go a long way to help with th­ese ser­vices as we have re­cently em­barked on our present fis­cal year. I thank GFL for its gen­eros­ity and we hope that our part­ner­ship will last for many years to come.”

Brian King, Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of lo­cal op­er­a­tions in Moose Creek, was on hand to present the cheque and ex­plain the waste man­age­ment pro­ce­dures which were im­ple­mented lately or which are about to come.

The com­pany owns over 2,400 acres in the north­east part of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity at the in­ter­sec­tion of High­ways 417 and 138.

Em­ploy­ing 55 peo­ple, the Moose Creek site serves about 500 Eastern On­tario com­mu­ni­ties.

Green for Life En­vi­ron­men­tal Inc., which for­merly op­er­ated lo­cally as Laflèche En­vi­ron­men­tal, has lo­ca­tions across Canada and Michi­gan; its head­quar­ters are in the Toronto area. Teach­ers’ Pen­sion Plan and BC Part­ners re­cently ac­quired shares in GFL.

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