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Below you will find some more frequently asked questions about this project:
How will this project effect the natural beauty in the area?
Limiting the visual impact as much as possible was emphasized during Project design. The Project will be sited on disturbed areas, an area that is altered as a result of clearing, grading, and/or excavation, and will be re-vegetated as soon as practical following construction. The Project will also use existing roads as much as possible and has been sited to avoid environmentally sensitive areas. Click here for Visual Impact Assessment.
Is shadow flicker expected from this Project, and if so how much?
Recommended shadow flicker is 30 hrs/yr or 30 mins/d maximum by the provincial government. The greatest amount of shadow flicker on a residence by the Chaleur Ventus Wind farm is expected to be 25 hrs/yr. If there are complaints of shadow flicker while the Project is in operation, complaints will be logged and investigated at the residence. CVLP will track concerns related to shadow flicker throughout the Project. If the amount of shadow flicker is a concern, wind turbine restriction for specific wind directions or times of day may be an effective mitigation technique. Mitigation such as screening of receptors with vegetation, awnings, and/or structures, and/or adding shutters to receptors will also be considered, as required. Click here for Shadow Flicker Assessment.
Will these wind turbines decrease my property value?
A comprehensive study in the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics by Vyn & McCullogh (2014) estimates the impact of wind turbines on property values. This study analyzed 5,414 rural residential sales and 1,590 farmland sales in Ontario which showed that wind turbines have not significantly impacted nearby property values.
What will be the noise impact on the surrounding area?
Noise criteria: max 53 dBA: Closest receptor, an abandoned farm is 40 bBA. Click here for Noise Assessment.
What are the potential health effects caused by windmills in my neighbourhood?
There are no known health effects due to wind farms. Extensive research incorporating both scientific evidence and human experience to date has concluded that wind turbines are not harmful to human health. This has been proven through countless peer-reviewed articles such as the ones listed below:
- Chief Medical Health Officer. (2010) The Potential Health Impacts of Wind Turbines. Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Report. Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion.
- Colby, D. (2008). The health impact of wind turbines: a review of the current white, grey, and published literature. Chatham Ontario, Canada.
- Ellenbogen, J. M., Grace, S., Heiger-Bernays, W. J., Manwell, J. F., Mills, D. A., Sullivan, K. A., & Weisskopf, M. G. (2012). Wind turbine health impact study: report of independent expert panel. Prepared for Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
- Leventhall, G. (2006). Infrasound from wind turbines-fact, fiction or deception. Canadian acoustics, 34(2), 29-36.
- Health Canada. (2014). Wind turbine noise and health study: Summary of results. Ottawa, Health Canada, November.
Will there be a large amount of trees cut?
The Project will be sited on existing roads and disturbed areas as much as possible, thereby minimizing disturbance to undisturbed areas.
Will there be a possible use of dynamite?
It is unlikely that blasting will be required for the Project.
Impact on nearby waterbodies? Impact on nearby wetlands?
In Appendix I Aquatic Resources report, it states that the project will be sited on existing roads and disturbed areas as much as possible and watercourses will be avoided to the extent practical. An Erosion and Sediment Control Plan will be followed for the Project. If work near or around a wetland is needed a WAWA permit must first be obtained.
What will be the impact of nearby wildlife, specifically Species at Risk?
Appendix J Wildlife Survey Report specifically references Species at Risk in the area. To reduce effects to Canada lynx habitat present in the Project area the Project is sited on existing access roads and disturbed areas with plans on re-vegetation after construction. Click here for Wildlife Survey Report.
Will there be a disturbance of soil drainage patterns?
An Erosion and Sediment Control plan has been developed to mitigate environmental effects due to construction and implement environmental protection measures.. There are steps outlined in the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan that isolates the construction area and avoids disturbing soil drainage patters where possible.
Will there be destruction of Migratory Bird nests?
In Appendix G Avian Survey Report mitigation measures to avoid disrupting avian habitat recommend that construction activities will follow activity restriction guidelines and setback distances for birds. Click here for Avian Survey Report.
Is there going to be a constant flashing red light?
The wind turbines are equipped with additional features such as aviation sensor lights. This additional feature limits light exposure, as blinking red lights are only triggered when planes or other aviation are approaching.
Is there going to be water contamination?
It is unlikely this project will pose any threat to groundwater contamination. During construction all necessary steps will take place to prevent spills or leaks, after construction there is virtually no risk of groundwater contamination. Groundwater monitoring will take place before and after construction.
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Our EIA document is being translated into French. At the moment, the Registration Document has been translated and can be found here: https://chaleurventus.ca/documents/
The community will be informed of the completion.
Next Community Meeting
Once the community has had the opportunity to review the translated EIA documents, a community meeting will be held in Anse-Bleue. The tentative date for this will be January 2020.