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.

The first wind power development to use the large 3-megawatt turbines began operation in March 2014, about 40 minutes south of Ottawa at Brinston, in South Dundas. There will be more power projects using these higher capacity turbines.

The project began operation in mid-March 2014 and apparently, the first official noise complaint was made within two weeks.

Brinston-area residents who are noticing any effects from the noise or vibration (infrasound) produced by the turbines should take the following steps:

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

NORTH STORMONT/ NORTH DUNDAS

EDP Renewables achieved a contract and Renewable Energy Approval for a 100-megawatt project, which could be 30 2.5-MW turbines, or more powerful (EDP’s documentation notes the turbines could be as much as 4 megawatt capacity). The Concerned Citizens of North Stormont took legal action and has appealed the approval, which came with multiple conditions.

Environment Minister Jeff Yurek revoked the Renewable Energy Approval on December 4, over concerns about the risk of harm to local bat populations, in the context of Ontario’s energy supply. The wind power developer, and the wind power lobby group as an Intervenor or friend of the court, filed for a Judicial Review, claiming the minister does not have the authority to revoke an approval made by his own ministry.

At the time of writing (March 2, 2020) the court date for this action is April 17 in Toronto at Osgoode Hall.

The community’s chief concerns were: 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.”

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

There is a donate button under “What You Can Do.”

See below for a map of how many people might be affected by the noise emissions from the Nation Rise turbines, if built. NOTE: this map does NOT include turbines at nearby Brinston, which could also affect residents, and affect residents with emissions from multiple sources.

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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