Save The Nation gets ready
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 Any element that concerns you, for example: Noise - the promoter elected to apply outdated rules to noise modelling for this project instead of current guidelines that offer better protection for human health.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.