A Prince Edward County website has posted not only an article on an Ontario divisional Court determination on what had been the sole instance of an industrial wind turbine project in Ontario being rejected by an environmental review tribunal, but also the ruling itself.
“The deck is stacked.” Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith said. “Across Ontario we’re talking about small, rural municipalities with small budgets being asked to defend their citizens from the money of major multinational wind developers and the province of Ontario. Even when they win, they’re going to lose because they’ll keep getting dragged into court until the side with the most money wins.”
…The case was unique in Ontario as it questioned Renewable Energy Act regulations, their interpretation by the ERT and the intent of legislation
 It seems unquestionable from the evidence that was placed before the Tribunal that there was a risk of serious harm to Blanding’s turtle from the Project. Given the fragile status of Blanding’s turtle as a species, it would be difficult to characterize any increase in mortality arising from the Project as anything other than serious. The real issue is whether that harm was also irreversible
 One of the first problems relating to the Tribunal’s reasons on this issue is that the Tribunal did not separate out, in the course of its determination of whether the test was met in relation to Blanding’s turtle, its analysis of the serious harm factor from its analysis of the irreversible harm factor…
The rest is of some interest, but this seem the basis being given for the ruling.Read More »
Good First Monday opinon piece from Chris Cooke
Thanks Kathleen, I’m Breathing Easier Now
So, here is how this works. The huge scrubber worth about a billion dollars towers over the idled Lambton Generating Station. Nothing is coming out of it because the generating station took its last coal in September and premier Kathleen Wynne would like me to believe that I can now breathe easier.It’s a Sunday and I’m northbound between Wallaceburg and Sarnia. In the distance the billion – dollar scrubber can barely be seen. The crap coming out of Detroit Edison’s Belle River power plants at Marysville, Michigan is obliterating it. They don’t have scrubbers and by the emissions on this Sunday I question whether they are even using low sulphur coal. I can assure the premier I’m not breathing easier.
via Column | First Monday.
Another article from the same site reports on Sarnia mayor Mike Bradley and why he says the Green Energy Act has been a disaster: Green Energy “Disaster” Stumbling Block to Chemical Valley Expansion
There something nasty about reposting this – like posting an embarrassing photo of a sudden ex …
I think the worst thing I’ve ever read by Severin Borenstein by a factor of infinite (said due to Andrew Leach’s claim today that ” “It’s not correct to say you can’t have infinite growth with a finite resource”)
It’s only been two weeks since I wrote/compiled a post on wood burning that cited a good entry at the same blog as this “claim of learning” article today.
A couple of things that might be relevant other than a flippant disregard for the well-being of the planet:
- the Bay area has some of the worst air in the United States, and is among the most desirable places to live in the world (it’s a very weak contender for poor air quality internationally, as most of the residents there would know);
- the earth is NOT warming due to the invention of heating with wood, or the heavy utilization of California’s rapidly drying wood stock, and everybody on the planet knows it.
If you have respiratory issues and you can smell your neighbour’s fire, tell them you think they are acting like assholes – you’d appear like less of an asshole if you suggested they should get a modern stove instead of suggesting they eliminate wood heating for coal … or methane … or economics textbooks