WAIT wants more time to comment


WAIT in Plympton-Wyoming is hoping to get a little more time to respond to Suncor Energy’s Cedar Point project.

Suncor’s 42 industrial wind turbine project based in Warwick and Plympton-Wyoming is up for approval by the Environmental Review Tribunal, but the public first has 30-days to ask questions about the controversial wind energy development.

The notices of the 30-day question period was posted Dec. 4, meaning residents of the area have until Jan. 3 to ask any questions.

WAIT-PW (We’re Against Industrial Turbines) has been actively opposing the project fearing people’s health, wildlife and the landscape along Lake Huron will be destroyed by the turbines. Plympton-Wyoming Council is being sued by Suncor for its planning bylaws which far exceed provincial standards for how far away the turbines can be from homes.

WAIT spokesperson Ingrid Willemsen says the group is meeting this week to come up with a plan to encourage residents to bombard the ERT with questions about the project, hoping to slow its progress.

But she says the timing of the question period – right in the middle of the Christmas season – is difficult.  “I would say its poor timing, to me Christmas is a very busy time,” she says. “Someone else may not have anything else going on and could send in questions.” Willemsen is confident once the word gets out that the hearing is open for questions, WAIT supporters will act.

But she says the group will also look for ways to obtain an extension for the comment period, considering the timing of it. “We hope that it could be extended.”