Environmental Tribunal rejects two more anti-wind appeals

Environmental Tribunal rejects two more anti-wind appeals

The Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal has rejected two more anti-wind appeals, Cham Shan Temple v. Director, Ministry of the Environment (13-140) and County of Lambton v. Director, Ministry of the Environment (14-065). Citing the Divisional Court decisions in Dixon v Director, the Tribunal upheld the renewable energy approvals granted by the Ministry of the Environment to the 10 MW wpd Sumac Ridge Wind Project and to the 100 MW Cedar Point Wind Project.  

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Public participation restrictions do not violate Charter

Public participation restrictions do not violate Charter

Can the federal government successfully muzzle (non-aboriginal) opponents to major energy and resource projects? So far, yes. Twice now, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) has been asked to consider whether section 55.2 of the National Energy Board Act and NEB decisions restricting participation in a hearing offend the guarantee of freedom of expression in section 2(b) of the Charter. Section 55.2 states that the NEB must consider representation from parties directly affected by the project,  

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Ontario’s Halting Progress on Energy Conservation

Ontario’s Halting Progress on Energy Conservation

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), Gord Miller, released his 2014 Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report to the Legislature on January 13, 2015. Conclusion: we're making progress on energy conservation, but there is so much more that could and should be done. Energy conservation is a critical step towards a less fossil-fuel reliant future, not to mention lower energy bills.  

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More on the anti-wind constitutional question

More on the anti-wind constitutional question

In yesterday's post about the anti-wind constitutional appeals, Dixon v Director, we included a link to an excellent article by Robert Knox. Since the link didn't work for some readers, here is the whole article, with thanks. Green Energy Act/ Environmental Protection Act. WIND TURBINES GO TO COURT – AND WIN!  

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