October 6, 2009
Honourable Premier McGuinty, MPP
Your government has decided to allow windmills to be placed the length of the blade plus 10 metres away from the road allowance, about 55 metres. This is a reduction from the initial June proposal of hub height plus blade length, about 125 metres. Ignoring health and safety, the government has caved to the wind industry.
In a lengthy July 7 letter, The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) complained to the minister of the environment, John Gerretsen, that the June proposals would jeopardize over three-quarters of all construction ready projects. They went on to recommend, "Set a minimum distance equal to one turbine blade length plus 10 metres from all non-participating property lines and public roads."
We were assured by ministry staff in a consultation meeting held in Port Elgin that the hub height plus blade length had been determined using risk assessment studies. People asked for greater setbacks from lot lines, roads, and railways. You chose to forget the other studies and use a flawed study provided by CanWEA from Garrad Hassan, who made the following disclaimer.
"Acceptance of this document by the client is on the basis that Garrad Hassan Canada Inc. are not in any way to be held responsible for the application or use made of the findings of the results from the analysis and that such responsibility remains with the client."
Vestas, a major manufacturer of windmills, recommends in its operating manual that workers stay back 400 metres from an operating windmill. Hydro One will not allow a windmill to be built within 500 metres of their 500kv transmission lines. Enbridge has posted a sign on their Kincardine wind farm saying, "During potential icing conditions stay back 305 metres from turbines."
How is it that we peons rate so low in your eyes? If a tower falls over onto a road, the consequences would be fatal. The generator unit weighs around 63 tonnes and would pulverize whoever it hit. One lightening strike can break off a piece of a blade. A whole blade can fly off. Ice can fly off the weight of cement blocks.
Do you realize how may people would be killed if a blade came down on the 401 or some other road, or a railway?
I ask that you would hold public consultation meeting on the new wind regulations. The setback from lot lines, roadways, and railways should be at least 500 metres. Do new regulations have to be written in blood before change occurs?
To Mississauga News
October 6, 2009
Scrap the new Oakville gas plant and clean up Nanticoke Generating Station. Most of us in Haldimand-Norfolk want it maintained and cleaned up. It's only Ontario politicians that think it can't be done.
The German's know how to do it to the point of building new coal plants.
Even President Obama said, "We figured out how to put a man on the moon in 10 yeas. You can't tell me we can't figure out how to burn coal we mine right here in the United States of America and make it work. We can do that."
The CO2 global warming problem is quickly waning. The global temperature
peaked in 1998 and has been falling since 2002, despite ever increasing CO2. The sea ice extent at both polls has been rising sharply, with the Antarctic at record levels, and the Arctic at nearly a million square kilometers ahead of the bottom year of 2007.
If you haven't sent Premier McGuinty and Minister Smitherman an e-mail, do it now. Do it every day. They do seem to listen if enough complain.