Shelburne council wants plans before Dufferin Wind Power proceeds

Tension filled the Shelburne Council chambers Monday night when Town staff and councillors faced a large delegation of Dufferin Wind Power (DWP) representatives.

The wind turbine company began constructing a 230-kilovolt underground transmission line on the County-owned former CP Rail rail corridor last week. Council, concerned about a letter of review from their municipal engineer, wanted to see the DWP plans, which they had expected to receive prior to construction commencing. Continue reading

Wind Turbines take terrible toll on animals

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I’ve recently reported on the bizarre behavior of animals, 1,600 miscarriages, and fetal deformities at a mink farm in Denmark after the installation and full operation on September 2013 of four 3-MW VESTAS wind turbines within a short distance (328 m) from Kaj Bank Olesen’s fur farm

Mark Duchamp, Chairman of World Council on Nature, released an update on June 23, 2014 that farmer Olesen now believes that when the wind blows from the South West where the wind turbines are located, “mother minks attack their own puppies.”  Olesen put down over twenty mink pups and forty are under observation because of deep bites.

The online Aoh.Dk referenced how, since the wind turbines “began to spin last fall, the number of stillbirths and deformed puppies increased fivefold.” Farmer Kaj Olesen Bank also explained, “The proportion of females that refused to mate has quadrupled as compared to last year when there were no wind turbines behind his mink farm.” Continue reading

Shelburne has woken up to wind project realities

Golly gee Shelburne. You have only now woken up to the realities of the Dufferin Wind project. Now you realize that it is not just a Melancthon issue. Only when it is in your own backyard do you actually take notice. You have finally discovered that DWP only plays nice until they get what they want from you.

Despite the warnings from various citizens in letters to Shelburne council and from a  community group, you only now notice what is happening. You were warned so you can’t say that you never saw that coming. We told you so.

(see links to newspaper postings about Shelburne’s issues: http://www.orangeville.com/news-story/4583545-shelburne-left-in-the-dark-by-wind-project/  and http://citizen.on.ca/?p=2179 )

 

Dufferin Wind project poor “corporate citizen” says Shelburne Council

This story should be a lesson to every council in Ontario listening to the proposed gifts and community benefits proffered by wind power developers. As one mayor told the Not A Willing Host group meeting in Ottawa last year, Once they’ve got everything they want from you, it’s no more mister nice guy.

The Town of Shelburne is now up against Dufferin Wind which is flouting safety rule openly, even where children are concerned, refusing to provide details on the project, and generally being a bully.  Read Banner story.

Posted June 18, 2014 on Wind Concerns Ontario

Council wants more data before DWP proceeds with 230kv line

Tension filled the Shelburne Council chambers Monday night when Town staff and councillors faced a large delegation of Dufferin Wind Power (DWP) representatives.

The wind turbine company began constructing a 230-kilovolt underground transmission line on the County-owned former CP Rail rail corridor last week.  Council, concerned about a letter of review from their municipal engineer, wanted to see the DWP plans, which they had expected to receive prior to construction commencing. Continue reading

Shelburne left in the dark by Dufferin Wind

Shelburne town council is tired of feeling “half pregnant” regarding the limbo that is the Dufferin Wind Power project.

According to the Dufferin Wind Power website, local farmers and landowners who are involved in this project are enthusiastic about helping to provide clean energy for future generations, while also contributing to the financial well-being of the Dufferin community.

But not everybody is so enthusiastic. So far, the Town of Shelburne has received little in the way of co-operation from the project’s proponents. And, as was evidenced during a regular scheduled council meeting on Monday, the municipal government is fed up with the lack of attention. Continue reading

Energy prices should be big Ontario issue

Rising energy prices – up about five per cent this year – are squeezing consumers’ budgets, according to a recent Scotiabank report.

The typical household spends $5,000 a year on energy, including gasoline, fuel oil, natural gas, electricity and water. All (except natural gas) have far outpaced broad inflation in the 21st century.

Energy spending now accounts for 8.5 per cent of all Canadian household expenditures – about one percentage point above its long-term average, the report said.

And since most households can do little to conserve energy in the short term, they will spend less on other products – up to $4 billion less because of the five per cent rise in energy prices, said economist Adrienne Warren.

I’m talking about the report, which came out June 6, because it helps explain the anger and lethargy of Ontario voters as they look at the platforms of the three major parties.

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