The approval for wind turbines near the Collingwood Regional Airport has been revoked.
Yesterday, Clearview Township received notice that the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) decided to revoke the Renewable Energy Approval which was previously granted by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change for the WPD Canada Fairview Wind Turbine Project.
The Environmental Review Tribunal determined that the project posed a risk of serious harm to human health.
The Town of Collingwood and Clearview Township both released statements saying that they’re happy with the decision.
Collingwood’s Mayor Sandra Cooper said, “We are extremely happy with the decision […] The Town of Collingwood has long expressed concern with the proposed turbines, particularly over the safety of aircrafts utilizing our Regional Airport, and we’re pleased to see that the Environmental Review Tribunal has agreed that this is a serious harm to human health.”
Clearview Township’s Mayor Christopher Vanderkruys said, “This is welcoming news for Clearview Township […] The municipality has invested significant time and resources into fighting the WPD Canada Fairview Wind Turbine Project, and although we respect the process, it’s great to have a final decision.”
There is a 30-day appeal period, so Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper said they are “remaining cautiously optimistic.”