Alert! More Wind Turbines Coming to Eastern Ontario

Published July 1, 2015

The Prescott Russell Landowners Association (PRLA) quickly pulled together a public information meeting held at the Russell Legion on June 19th. The purpose of the meeting was to alert residents of Prescott Russell of the proposed industrial wind turbine projects already underway in the county and to let people know about upcoming public meetings hosted by the wind power company.

Tom Black, President of the Ontario Landowners Association explained that many people have challenged wind turbine projects but mostly on the health effects which have failed in court. The OLA looks at the installation of wind turbines from a property rights perspective. The 500 metre setback requirement can result in a neighbouring property being effectively expropriated by the project. To meet the setback requirement, erecting a building on a property surrounded by turbines could become prohibited. Tom referred to the case of the Antrim Truck Stop Restaurant which sued under expropriation law and won. Bypassing the restaurant with the new highway 17 left the establishment on a dead-end road and destroyed the wealth of the business, something not allowed without compensation.

Elizabeth (Liz) Marshall, Director of Research for the OLA recounted, as relayed to her by Dave Hemingway, president of Huron Perth Landowners, the experience of a farmer in southern Ontario who signed an agreement to have an industrial turbine erected on his property only to find out afterwards that the company had placed a lien on his property for $420 million. Further, it was discovered that under the Road User Agreements, the Turbine Company had also placed demand debentures on municipal properties (road allowances). She has met with the Multi-municipal Wind Turbine Working Group, a group of municipalities concerned about harm to the health and well-being of residents as a result of wind turbines. The group consists of about a dozen municipalities in southern Ontario. Discussions included what municipalities could do as unwilling hosts to large wind turbine projects. The group has expressed that they will contact other municipalities in Ontario.

Speakers also included Philipp Mayr, president Prescott Russell Landowners Association, MPP Jack MacLaren. Master of ceremonies was Ron Barr, General Manager of the Greater Ottawa Truckers Association who commented on the growing number of wind turbines he sees in his travels across Ontario. Links to videos of the speakers can be found here.

The Prescott Russell Landowners Association is planning a follow-up meeting in July. Watch our Events page for more information.

6 Responses to “Alert! More Wind Turbines Coming to Eastern Ontario”

  1. anna March 23, 2016

    Hi there,

    I was just wondering where would I be able to go to see the proposed areas where the new wind farms are going up in Eastern Ontario?
    I don’t know why I cannot fond that map I saw a while back showing the approximate area around the Nation River.

    Thanks and have a great day,

  2. Beth July 29, 2015

    Everyone…for information on renewable energy projects one should go to Wind RESISTANCE…Also the OLA already has a report on the Green Energy Act v. Democratic Rights…look at the store…

  3. Leo July 7, 2015

    This is just another way to push people out of a particular area- that’s all!

    If the legislation doesn’t work….. then here- wind turbines you sheep! Get out!

    They want everyone hugging the 401 corridor stuffed into condos, completely dependent on transit with no fresh water or trees at your disposal.

    Blame the dude that contracts with the wind company in the first place- that the enemy sell out!

  4. Jim Malloy July 3, 2015

    When will this Liberal government realize wind power does not work. It is overpriced and subsidized by us the taxpayer and the machinery is worn out before it pays for itself. It is amazing to think this fool of a woman became leader of our province based on her sexual preference because she sure as hell has no leadership qualities. She should be in jail after what she has done instead she is parading around Toronto in all her moronic splendor.

  5. John Philp July 1, 2015

    With all the hundreds of miles of hydro transmission lines can these corridors be used for wind turbines and solar panels instead of farm land and environmental sensitive areas (e.g. Oak Ridges Moraine) and areas where people live? A combination transmission tower/wind turbine should be possible.

  6. Christina LeClair July 1, 2015

    Addington Highlands and North Frontenac are supposed to get 150 wind turbines….North Frontenac voted 7-0 Not A Willing Host…the vote for Addington Highlands will be on July 6, 2015….huge US companies are trying to destroy pristine Ontario land…a shame. A group was founded to fight against it…… Bon Echo Residents Against Turbines

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