Petition delivered to Queens Park demands new wind power projects follow Ontario's
new wind turbine noise guidelines
Dutton Dunwich, April 30, 2018 - Representatives from several Ontario communities
where wind turbine projects are currently in the approval process were at Queen's
Park Monday April 30 when three MPPs delivered a Petition containing over 3000 signatures.
The Petition asks the Government of Ontario to follow its own rules for health and
safety requirements for the wind turbines.
The Petition is related to the creation of "Transition Provisions" by the Ministry
of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in the Renewable Energy Approval process,
which allows wind power developers to ignore new noise modelling guidelines, even
for the newest unapproved power projects.
"The MOECC recognized that the previous requirements for turbine noise modelling
were inadequate and they revised them," says Bonnie Rowe, spokesperson for Dutton
Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines (DDOWT), whose citizen group has applied for
a Judicial Review of the Transition Provisions. "The noise modelling requirements
are important to protect health and safety for people living near the turbines but
now, the government has allowed the developers for the new projects to use the old
ones — we think that's wrong.
"If the government sets rules, especially for health, then everyone should have
to follow them, no exceptions."
Community members travelled for hours to attend the April 30 session in the Legislature
and witness the Petition presentation. Denise Shephard represented the Wallaceburg
Area Wind Concerns citizen group, and comments, "These power generators emit a range
of noise and can be very disruptive for the citizens forced to live near them. We
believe regulations set by the government to protect citizens should be followed."
From eastern Ontario was Margaret Benke, representing two citizen groups, Concerned
Citizens of North Stormont and Save the Nation, who said, "The MOECC does not have
a good record of monitoring and correcting wind turbine projects that are not compliant
with noise regulations. There are currently thousands of unresolved noise complaints
from existing wind power projects. We want to ensure that rules are followed before
these huge installations are built, to prevent non-compliance issues."
MPPs presenting the petitions Monday were: Jeff Yurek, from Elgin-Middlesex-London
where the Strong Breeze Wind Power Project is proposed for Dutton Dunwich; Monte
McNaughton, from Lambton-Kent-Middlesex where the Otter Creek Wind Farm is proposed
for the Wallaceburg area; and Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry,
who will be delivering petitions on behalf of the North Stormont area where the
Nation Rise Wind Farm is proposed, and also the Municipality of The Nation and Champlain
Township, where the Eastern Fields Wind Power Project is proposed.
Dutton/Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines or DDOWT (pronounced "doubt") is a group
of concerned members of the Dutton/Dunwich community, and supportive partners, who
have been working together since 2012 to oppose the development of Industrial Wind
Turbine (IWT) projects in our community.
DDOWT Spokesperson: Bonnie Rowe at 519-639-5415 or email@example.com
Wallaceburg Area Wind Concerns: Denise Shephard at 519-355-5693 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerned Citizens of North Stormont: Margaret Benke 613-558-9236 or email@example.com