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Monday, June 6, 2016

Liberals Blasted Over Turbines

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

Simcoe Grey MPP says only three communities succeeded in wind appeals.

More criticism of the Ontario government over it's approval of giant wind turbines near the Collingwood airport.

Simcoe Grey Conservative MPP Jim Wilson told Bayshore Broadcasting listeners on the CFOS Open Line on Monday that Premier Kathleen Wynne has been all over the map on wind generated power.

Wilson claims the Ontario government has given away one billion dollars worth of electricity to Quebec, New York state and Michigan, while residents keep paying more and more for hydro.

The Simcoe Grey MPP says of the hundreds of communities appealing their wind turbines only three projects have ever been turned down or reversed.

Wilson claims one of those is in the Goderich area, which is also near an airport.

The Tory MPP says in that case, Transport Canada got involved and fought the plan.

As you are well aware, WPD Canada is looking to set up eight mega wind turbines not far from Collingwood airport and the Clearview Aerodrome.

At a Environmental Assessment Tribunal hearing last week, the Ontario government was blasted over the plan.

One of the worlds leading experts in aviation safety and accident investigations, Charles Pereira, told the hearing there is "no doubt" that putting wind turbines near two airports will cause "fatal catastrophic accidents".

Pereira was a lead investigator in the 9-11 and Columbia shuttle disasters among many other aviation accidents.

The Environmental Review Tribunal has one more day set aside for possible testimony about issues that were raised during the testimony, if those appealing the approval ask to speak to it.

Otherwise, written closing arguments are due from the groups opposing the project by June 29th.

WPD Canada and the province have until July 13th to give written responses, and the opponents have a week after that to file replies.

A final decision on whether the project can go ahead is expected on August 19th.




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