7 results for tag: dufferin


ALERT – Status of Arbour Farms Gravel Pit Application

As spring is in full bloom in Mulmur Township it’s time to update you on CORE’s recent activities related to the Arbour Farms application for a gravel pit license. Status of Arbour Farms Gravel Pit Application As many of you know, Arbour Farms has been aggressively pursuing a rezoning of its site and concurrently pushing its application to obtain a license to extract aggregate from its property located on east side of Airport Road just south of County Road 21. Despite grave concerns expressed by Dufferin County residents related to traffic safety issues (and other aspects of the application, including extraction below the water table and ...

Environmental Review Tribunal dismisses charter challenge

The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has dismissed a constitutional challenge of the Renewable Energy Act (REA). Dennis Sanford, president of Wind Resistance Melancthon, and the citizen’s group, Conserving our Rural Environment (CORE), claimed the concerns of residents raised during the REA process was ignored by decision makers at the Ministry of Environment (MOE). The ERT agreed to hear their constitutional challenge in Shelburne in August.

Tribunal Rules in Favour of Dufferin Wind

The Environmental Review Tribunal has upheld ministerial approvals of the 100-MW Dufferin Wind Power (DWP) wind farm in Melancthon. The approvals include not only the turbines but also the 230 kv transmission line along the rail corridor. DWP also has Ontario Energy Board “leave to construct” the power line but lacks agreement with Dufferin County and other property owners for necessary easements, and is seeking permission to expropriate.

REA Process Faces Charter Test in Shelburne

Environmental Review Tribunal schedules 19-day hearing in Dufferin (Core has been granted Party status at this hearing.) Will the province’s Renewable Energy Approval (REA) process pass a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms litmus test? Despite objection from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the REA process in Shelburne next week. “That’s the big news. They’re willing to sit and listen,” said Dennis Sanford, president of Wind Resistance Melancthon. “Certain rights have been squashed or ignored through the whole (REA) process and ...

Dufferin Wind ERT Hearing Dates Set

CORE v. the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Case number 13-071 In terms of the schedule, the parties gave a general estimate of the number of days that they estimate it will take to present their respective cases.  In light of the days available based on the input from the parties, the Tribunal is, at this point in time, prepared to schedule 19 hearing days, commencing on August 20, 2013, as follows:

Dufferin Wind Waves the Expropriation Wand

Dufferin Wind Power Inc. has dropped the expropriation bomb. A little more than one week after county council agreed to revisit negotiating a rail corridor easement agreement with the wind farm developer, Dufferin Wind filed for expropriation to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) on Friday (July 19).

CORE Comments on Bonnefield’s Purchase of Melancthon Land

The citizens’ groups that led the movement to protect thousands of acres of Class 1 farmland in Melancthon, Ontario welcome Bonnefield Financial to the community. Bonnefield has purchased the 6,500-acres of potato fields owned by the Highland Companies, including the land once proposed to become a 2300-acre mega quarry. After several years of uncertainty about the fate of the farmland, this is a new beginning.