The application to build a massive limestone quarry in Melancthon township near Orangeville, Ont., has been withdrawn.
The Highland Companies, the company behind the proposal, said in a news release that it acknowledges “the application does not have sufficient support from the community and government to justify proceeding with the approval process.”
The company also said president John Lowndes has resigned and is no longer involved with the firm.
The scope of the project, which would have been developed on on prime farmland near Orangeville, northwest of Toronto, earned it the moniker “mega-quarry.” It would have spanned 937 hectares — about one-third the size of downtown Toronto — and create a crater 1½ times as deep as Niagara Falls.
Those opposed to the project were concerned about losing a massive swath of rich farmland and worried about the quarry’s effect on the water table.
The company had said the limestone quarry would have provided an essential supply of aggregate, used to build everything from homes to roads. But the proposal was met with fierce opposition from the community and beyond.
The Highland Companies consists of a group of private investors in the U.S. and Canada and is involved in farming and aggregates, including a large potato farming operation.
Archive for November 21st, 2012
Wind Byte in the UK is an interesting site to browse through for information regarding wind turbine noise, government and wind industry tricks and collusions.
Check them out here.
I’ve added them to our ever growing list of wind warriors from around the world that you can find down the right hand side of the page.
From WindByte.co.uk — 2012
TWO VIEWS OF TURBINE NOISE NUISANCE
WHAT THE TOURISTS SAY:
- “We were prepared for some noise from the wind turbines but were surprised how noisy they were.”
- “We were very disappointed with the noise from the Wind Turbines when we booked we were not told about them – as we were in a tent there was no escape from the noise!!! ”
- “…very close to the camp are a couple of wind turbines that (during the day) did not cause any problems. During the night they were a NIGHTMARE! The droning noise constantly disturbed our sleep and the sleep of other campers.”
- “When we arrived there was no wind so they moved very slowly and caused no problem but once a breeze picked up – and it was only a breeze, no real movement in the tents around us, they became very annoying. I live 8 miles from an airport and so am used to regular air traffic noise but this sounded like an aircraft up above contantly. I felt sorry for those in tents as at least I got a break when I went into the caravan. During the morning when the sun came out you had the shadow of the blades going round and round across the site. I found them too annoying in the end to consider returning to this site which is a real shame.”
- “lovely site a shame about the wind turbines.”
- “Those windmills! Oh dear, what a shame. A once lovely site is now cursed with the woosh woosh, all day, all night!”
- “However, big show-stopper for us was the recently-erected Wind Turbines (one on each side of the site) which emitted a constant ’Whoosh..whoosh which drove my wife to despair, as it did to several of the other campers.”
- “A well run site completely spoilt by the noise from the wind turbines which, at times, sound like an aircraft taking off continually. Had one really bad night when I had to go for a walk at 3 am to get away from the noise, walked down to Kessingland beach for some peace and quiet.I won’t be back, sorry!!”
WHAT THE TURBINE OPERATORS SAY:
- “we comply with the planning consent”
- “… we continue to work with the manufacturer to seek ways of reducing the noise emitted from turbines. If we are able to identify the source of any unexpected noise, then we will mitigate this.
- “We would lie [sic] to assure you that we are in regular contact with the appropriate authorities, including Waveney District planning, environmental health and your local MP Peter Aldous. In addition we are working with technical experts to deal with your concerns.
Thanks to Central Bruce Wind Action for these articles!
Irish Wind Farm Hit by Arson
Belfast Telegraph — November 9, 2012
A wind farm formerly owned by Sean Quinn’s family has been targeted by arsonists in Co Fermanagh.
Police said an electrical substation at the property on Ballyconnell Road in Derrylin was set alight on Thursday evening. No one was injured but the fire caused substantial damage.
The wind farm is one of a number of businesses in the area once run by the Quinn family that were placed into administration after the tycoon went bust.
A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokeswoman said: “At this stage, police believe the fire was started deliberately.”
Workers at Quinn Group factories in the area staged a one day walkout on Monday following the jailing of Quinn last week. Protesters used tractors and other agricultural vehicles to block the entrances of the cement and glass plants in Derrylin and just across the border in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan.
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Arsonists attack Tunisia’s biggest wind farm
Jan Dodd — Windpower Monthly — November 8, 2012
TUNISIA: A series of arson attacks at a 190MW wind farm under construction in northern Tunisia has led to 75 wind turbines being taken offline.
The latest incident occurred on the night of 19-20 October, when so far unidentified intruders forced the door of one of the turbines open and set it alight. The project is located near Metline and Kchabta.
Editor’s Note: Well, this is not surprising. Governments and multi-national wind corporations are only going to be able to push these behemoths on us for so long, before people will snap. — Donna Quixote