Haldimand-Samsung wind/solar project faces appeals Six applications for review by the Environmental Review Tribunal

For immediate release:
July 6, 2012

Simcoe – The Haldimand-Samsung wind/solar project is not yet a fait a compli.

As the deadline for appeals passed earlier this week, six separate local applications for appeal were registered by the Environmental Review Tribunal.

The McGuinty Samsung deal for 67 wind turbines, 800 acres of solar panels and a 20 km long transmission line across Haldimand County received Renewable Energy Approval on June 15th.

“Given the amount of opposition from those contacting my office, the ministry and media, holding rallies, and attending open houses, I look forward to the process now that six separate applications for appeal have been registered,” Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett noted. “This appeal process of the Environmental Review Tribunal marks the final opportunity for local input before the gates open for industrial wind turbines across Haldimand and massive subsidies to Samsung.”

Barrett added that the decision to approve the project was announced following a previous 30-day consultation period on the EBR environment registry that engendered 101 comments. Of the 29 comments available to be read online, only one favoured the project.

“People’s voices have been shut out by McGuinty’s Green Energy Act, I can only hope the Environmental Review Tribunal affords residents the platform they deserve to make their case regarding local impacts,” continued Barrett

While hearings have yet to be set, further information can be obtained through the Environmental Review Tribunal at: http://www.ert.gov.on.ca/english/home.html

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For more information please contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446, 416-325-8404 or 1-800-903-8629