"A group opposing NextEra Energy’s Conestogo Wind Energy Centre, approved last month by the Ministry of Environment, has appealed that decision to an environmental tribunal.NextEra wants to build a 10-turbine, 22-megawatt wind farm southwest of Arthur. Residents in the area have opposed the project almost since it was announced three years ago.The article notes lawyer Eric Gillespie's comments on the Ministry releasing a stale-dated review of old literature under the guise of an authoritative study, and includes:
The hearing of evidence starts on Feb. 21 at 10am in the council chambers at the Waterloo Region office in Kitchener, and will continue, if necessary, on Feb. 22.
A preliminary hearing will be held on Jan. 20 at 10am at the same location to rule on requests from people for party, participant or presenter status; to identify the issues to be considered at the main hearing; and to deal with any preliminary matters.
The appeal by Preserve Mapleton Incorporated had to be filed two days before Christmas, and a delegation of angry residents came to Mapleton council seeking council’s help to fight the proposal."
“This is very worrying,” said Wind Concerns Ontario president Jane Wilson, a registered nurse.
“They crafted that media release specifically to make this year-old report look like the last word on the issue of health and turbine noise.
“It’s out of date, and completely ignores the expert evidence from and conclusions of the Environmental Review Tribunal last year. And, it’s yet another literature review. This province has yet to officially connect with the real people experiencing real health effects out there.”
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