BRINSTON/SOUTH BRANCH/NORTH DUNDAS/NORTH STORMONT

Wind turbine and home, Brinston, Ontario. Photo by Ray Pilon.

Wind turbine and home, Brinston, Ontario. Photo by Ray Pilon.

NEW!!!! Anyone wishing to report noise pollution from wind turbines can use the new Ontario online reporting tool, here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/report-pollution-and-spills

Both the South Branch and Nation Rise/Crysler Wind power projects are operating.

If you are experiencing excessive noise, vibration or any physical effects such as ringing in the ears, feeling of pressure in the head, ears or chest, you may wish to report to the MInistry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).

CALL the Ministry of the Environment “Spills Line” at: 1-800-860-2760 When calling, note the weather conditions at the time, the nature of the noise/vibration/sensation you are experiencing, and any other details. Be sure to get the NAME of the person you speak to and the REFERENCE NUMBER for your report. Be polite at all times. You may wish to copy your MPP, your local Health Unit, and your municipal council.

KEEP A JOURNAL of all events.

DO NOT STOP CALLING

You may also call the wind power developer EDP Renewables at: (1-877-910-3377 ext 3)

As there is no citizens’ group presently in the South Branch area, we invite interested readers to contact Ottawa Wind Concerns at ottawawindconcerns@gmail.com or Wind Concerns Ontario at windconcerns@gmail.com

EDP Renewables Nation Rise or Crysler Wind Farm project achieved Commercial Operation on July 12, 2021. It is a 100-megawatt project of 29 3.4 megawatt turbines, the most powerful currently operating onshore in North America.

The community appealed approval of this project based on the following environmental concerns: integrity of the aquifer which serves as many as 10,000 wells; noise and vibration from the powerful wind turbines, which were not required by the former government to follow the most up-to-date noise assessment rules; and safety issues related to wind turbine failure, ice and debris “throw.”

The Nation Rise operator, EDPR, failed to meet a deadline in December to file a mandatory audit of the transformer substation. Despite multiple complaints from neighbours, the Ministry granted an extension until June, 2022. All mandatory audits for this project will be due in June. Without a completed and accepted audit, this project is not verified as compliant with Ontario noise regulations.

If you wish to contact the community group, check their website here.

 

5 thoughts on “BRINSTON/SOUTH BRANCH/NORTH DUNDAS/NORTH STORMONT”

  1. Do you have any information on up coming meetings to get more involved ? I am new to the area of South Dundas and very concerned about the talks of an even larger wind farm.

  2. Feeling familiar.. we just moved to North Dundas and are right along the finch winchester township line road. We are not happy – what can we do to help?

    • Go to any and all public meetings starting with May 6, and also let your Council know your wishes. Ontario has a surplus of power, wind power does not fulfill any of the promises made for it, and there has never been a cost-benefit study of the impacts of this government policy (two Auditors General have said that). Promises of jobs and revenue for the municipality are also vastly overstated. Email me at ottawawindconcerns@gmail.com

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