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MOE rejected Horizons REA


THUNDER BAY, ON   -----    April 10, 2011  -----    This speaks to a significant problem with the Horizon REA as it was rejected after  only an ‘initial screening’. This is the first and lowest hurdle in the approvals process. Following the initial screening, a detailed review would then have been carried out, and only then the application proposal (REA) posted for 60 day public review. Following the 60 day posting the MOE would review comments and consider whether it should approve or deny the project.

Did you know:

CKPR TV tower on Mt Blady is at 225 ft tall
Proposed Tower measurements, for the Norwester's are:

From the base of the turbine to the tip of the blade when the blade is at at 12 o'clock position.
141 metres = 463 ft.
186 metres = 610 ft.

All councillors should be aware that as of sometime prior to March 28 the MOE rejected Horizons REA, and termed it ‘incomplete’. It was returned to Horizon.

The attached letters are proof, including dates. (Original document from the MOE )

•Was this information known to Council, Administration, or our Solicitor?
•If not, why not? Didn’t Horizon tell you?
•If so, when was it known, and why was this not identified in the Solicitors Memorandum?
•As this project is not at the stage where the REA is even ready for submission, why would the City settle so quickly?
•(There is no benefit to the project, and many risks for the City )
•There is no rush to settle, and there are only benefits to wait to know the final locations, impacts and extent of the project
The rush to approve seems to be based on Horizons problems with this project and Horizons problems with the approvals

Chatsworth council will not issue any building permits for the construction of wind towers within the boundary of the municipality following a meeting of council Wednesday.



"We want to promote the health, safety and well being of our residents," said mayor Bob Pringle.

The unanimous vote followed a lengthy debate on what was the best method to stop or delay wind turbine construction. Council considered issuing a moratorium but that would, at the longest, last two years. "It's not a bad idea but it doesn't last," Pringle said. The municipality is also part of the Wind Turbine Committee, which includes a number of Grey and Bruce municipalities.

Council realizes that not issuing any building permits for the construction of wind turbines might end them up before the Building Code Commission, which oversees issues related to building code infractions. Or they may end up in provincial court. But they are gambling on buying time and delaying any building applications, by Oct. 6, when the next provincial election will take place.

Council is hoping the Conservative Party of Ontario wins, led by Tim Hudak, who promised to allow municipalities to decide whether they wanted wind towers.

The present day governing Liberals passed the Green Energy Act, which takes the decision-making power away from municipal governments in land-use planning issues, which includes wind towers. So far, there have been no wind towers built in the municipality of Chatsworth.

Council listed eight reasons in its motion to not issue any permits. Among them were decreased property values, not ensuring proper environmental assessments and supporting Dr. Hazel Lynn's call for further research and increased setbacks.

As well, future decommissioning costs, when the wind towers are not used anymore, was discussed.

"A lot of the owners (of wind tower projects) live outside the country and if they didn't pay for the cost of tearing these things down then it would probably fall on the municipality and it's associated costs, to do so," said Coun. Scott Mackey. Council suggested that businesses that wanted to build the towers, put up a $100,000 bond for each tower, so that there would be money in a fund if and when they had to be taken down


The Nor'Wester Mountain Excarpment Protection Committee  as  saying  "Millions in hydro connection costs (est. $8 million) Millions in decommissioning costs—Horizon is to provide $20,000 for decommissioning, effective in 16 years; current costs for decommissioning are estimated $1 million and will only be higher 16 years down the road. One Councilor stated, “Well—it’s better than nothing!” Other municipalities are charging upwards of $150,000 per turbine, due at the start of construction. Potential increase in property taxes city wide due to a decline in the tax base from Neebing landowners. A potential $18 million a year in profits for the client. The City’s potential take is $200,000 minus costs!"

These decisions by the City affect everyone in Thunder Bay. You may pay more in taxes and Hydro because of this project! Your neighborhood could be next, and you might never know until it is too late.



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