Update on the ‘Clearview’ Wind Turbine Issue: Mark your Calendars!
The proposed WPD wind farm has been one of the hottest topics in our area in regard to land use and it was shocking to learn that the government approved these turbines. The shock is because they are in the flight path of the Collingwood airport which is actually situated in the Township of Clearview.
In my opinion, this is a huge real estate issue and, I don’t believe they will stop at 8 turbines. It’s also a health and safety as well as an economic issue in our area. Now is the time to fight – not after they are built and here is a good article from a recent edition of the Enterprise-Bulletin explaining local concerns.
Two municipalities and a non-profit organization are about to join other interested individuals in their fight with the Ontario government over it’s approval of 8 wind turbines. Taller than the T.D. Tower in Toronto, these wind mills are to be located proximal to 2 aerodromes and would generate 16.4 MW of electricity.
A preliminary hearing date of April 12th 2016 has been set with the province’s Environmental Review Tribunal, to hear for and against arguments for the WPD’s Fairview Wind Project.
The main hearing will be held May 16th, and both hearings will take place at the Collingwood Curling Club starting at 10:00 a.m.
The hearing will review the MOECC’s decision and will consider if the renewable energy project would cause serious harm to the health of humans, or irreversible and serious harm to plant life, animal life or the environment.
If the tribunal decides that the harm will be too great, it can reverse the decision, or direct a change to be made. If the tribunal decides that harm won’t occur, they will uphold the decision. By legislation, the tribunal is required to issue a decision no later than August 19, 2016.
If interested, you can sign the petition online.