From Wind Concerns Ontario
Representatives of Central Bruce-Grey Wind Concerns successfully challenged promoters of Pattern/Samsung at their Public Information Centre held in Kincardine on November 12. Following problems experienced in the Enbridge project where the noise modelling was flawed, the Noise Modelling report presented for this new project involving 99 turbines was the focus of concern. Detailed verification of this report indicated that 90% of the co-ordinates provided for the wind turbines were not correct. Project Leader for Pattern Energy, Jody Law, told Central Bruce-Grey that he was not able to answer their questions at the meeting. It was clear from the discussion that the noise modelling needs to be completely reworked.
When another participant separately asked for a copy of the current noise assessment, they were told that they could not provide a copy as it was being changed to reflect the relocation of 10 turbines.
Given the level of inaccuracy in the material and the apparent plans to revise the key document, Central Bruce-Grey Concerns questioned the value of holding a public meeting when the final information could not be provided to the residents of the area. They will be seeking another public meeting after the new report is released and they have been provided with an adequate period to review the new document.
The information gaps reinforced the recommendation made to the Kincardine Municipal Council last week that they engage expertise to undertake a full peer-review of the noise report for the Armow project. When local activists find this level of error in documentation being presented to the MOE in support of an REA submission, the call for a detailed professional review of the documentation seems to be fully justified.