District Residents Urged To Attend Information Meeting On Goulais Wind Farm Project
LOCAL2 Staff for local2 sault ste. marie
September 18th, 2012 at 10:47am
The proposed 25 MW Goulais Wind Farm is a wind energy project which is planned to be constructed on private land within the Townships of Pennefather and Aweres in the district of Algoma. The wind farm site is located on the plateau between Highway 17 and the Prince II Wind Farm at distances of approximately 5 km north-west of Heyden and 5 km south of Goulais River. The project has a 20-year, 25 MW Feed-in-Tariff contract with the Ontario Power Authority
Those who attended the Sprott Power Corp. Public Meetings
on August 10 and 11, 2011 made the following responses to SOAR’s
87.5 % did not support Sprott’s 16-turbine project which when
combined with the Prince Wind Farm would bring the cumulative
impact of 142 turbines to the Goulais area.
96% supported amending the Green Energy, Green Economy Act
(2009) to ensure that local residents can make the decisions about
which renewable energy projects they want and where in their
93% supported amending the Green Energy, Green Economy Act
(2009) to ensure that all Environmental Protection Acts and Human
Rights Acts cannot be modified or superseded by renewable energy
92% supported a moratorium on all further development of
industrial wind projects in Algoma until an objective assessment can
be made of their cumulative effect on the environment and
85% said renewable energy projects do not provide long-term job
opportunities for the community.
73% said that aviation safety lighting bothered them.
In 2009, the Renewable Energy Approval Process stated: The public must be consulted about renewable energy projects and issues.
The developers must hold public meetings to inform the public and report all concerns expressed to the Ministry of Natural Resources and/or the Ministry of the Environment.
Open Houses on Tuesday, September 25, will give TWO opportunities to tell Sprott Power Corp. and the Ontario government that large percentages of responders to SOAR’s 2011
Sprott Questionnaire were concerned about potential harm to:
Wildlife habitat for moose (93%)
Plants and Vegetation (89%)
Water Crossings (89%)
Fish Habitat (86%)
Ground Water (86%)
Recreational Areas (90%)
Forest Resources (90%)
On September 25, ask Sprott Power Corp. if:
Real Estate Listings (MLS) now require you to disclose how close
your property is to a wind project.
Property Assessment (MPAC) for Wolfe Island Township (close to a
86 2.3 MW turbine farm) shows a property assessment reduction
totaling $3 million dollars since 2008
INFORMATION MEETING DATE
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Time: 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Place: Captain Tilley Community Centre
592 Highway 552 West
Goulais River, Ontario
Time: 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Place: Aweres Public School
185 Highway 556, RR2
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario