Condensed from Mike Barnard’s report:
Interestingly, Canada is by far the most litigious, and Ontario had almost 30% of the cases by itself. Belief in health impacts varies substantially by geography; where anti-wind groups are strongly pushing the idea, people get afraid and try to prevent wind farms based on their health fears. They fail.
. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Farms In Court: Ontario Leads The Pack
I almost wasn’t going to write about Wind Concerns Ontario’s “refutation” of MPAC’s study re the effects of wind turbines on property values. However, the most interesting bit of it got rehashed in John Speer’s story on the study this morning:
[Jane Wilson, of Wind Concerns Ontario]… pointed to an appendix in the MPAC report containing . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: MPAC Turbines And Property Values Study Update
MPAC is the Municpal Property Assessment Corporation. They determine what each piece of property in Ontario is worth so that the various local governments can hit you up for taxes. Several years ago they were asked to do a study to determine what if any effect the placement of wind turbines had on the value . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: MPAC Report: Wind Turbines Have NO Negative Effect On Home Values
They want the Tribunal to take their word at face value:
“There is no reliable evidence to demonstrate that the project will cause serious physical or any other serious harm,” [the tribunal] ruled.A number of witnesses who live close to existing wind farms testified that the turbines had damaged their health.But the tribunal said that . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Why Ontario Anti-Wind Forces Keep Losing Their ERT (Environmental Review Tribunal) Appeals
A kind of follow-up to this post. Anti-wind activists out in Adelaide have been asked by the provincial MOE (Ministry of the Environment) to, if they are testifying re the allegedly deleterious health effects of wind-turbines, turn over ten years worth of health records, and to, if they are testifying re the allegedly deleterious effects of . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: They Are Appalled
A group of landowners who unsuccessfully sued a wind power developer and the farm corporation that leased it land have been ordered to pay legal costs of $107,370.78.
The 21 landowners near Collingwood sued wpd Canada Corp. and Beattie Brothers Farms for more than $17 million over the plans to develop the wind farm, arguing . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Farm Opponents Out Six Figures
Reading between the lines, its been clear that the various players in the green energy energy business haven’t been too happy with the Wynne government’s wind-down of the feed-in tariff (FIT) for large-scale projects. This article makes their discomfort a little more obvious. One bit from it mentions something I had not been previously aware . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Property Assessments On Wind Turbines To Rise
An interesting decision came down this week re wind energy and property values in Ontario. Before getting to the actual contents of it, though, lets see how the thing is being spun. This piece from Farms.com is fairly typical:
An Ontario Superior Court of Justice has determined that landowners living near industrial wind turbine projects . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Energy And Property Values In Ontario, Part Whatever…
I recently found the decision of the Ontario Assessment Review Board related to this story. From the story:Ed and Gail Kenney are calling it a setback, not a defeat.The Wolfe Island couple learned this week that the potentially precedent-setting challenge to their home property assessment – based on the proximity of wind turbines – was unsuccessful.Well, . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Do Wind Turbines Effect Property Values?