August 09, 2016

Engie wind energy “calling the shots” on private property, wants to ban farmers from hunting

Andrew LawtonRebel Commentator

The billions of dollars that Ontario taxpayers have put in the coffers of wind energy companies isn’t enough, apparently. One wind farm powerhouse is now trying to curb landowners’ rights.

Engie, formerly known as GDF Suez, has tens of thousands of acres of wind farms in southwestern Ontario, situated on land leased from local farmers, generally.

Farmers can make several thousands of dollars per year off of these turbines. In fact, many of them only agree to take them on because they know that if they don’t, their neighbour will.

These landowners have been issued a formal request from Engie to ban hunting on their property.

For those in the country, hunting for rabbits and other small game on farm property is pretty common. But now, Engie wants the practice stopped.

A spokesperson for the company told the London Free Press that the decision was in response to “incidents (that) are of grave concern.” She also referred to them as “extremely dangerous.”

One such incident was a case of vandalism of a wind turbine earlier this year — three rounds were shot into a Chatham-Kent turbine. Dangerous? Maybe, but it wasn’t a hunting mishap.

The other was a case where an employee reportedly heard gun shots. Try driving out through the country and not hearing gun shots on a nice day.

These 300 to 500 feet tall turbines require maintenance rather often, and understandably Engie doesn’t want its employees trekking through a battlefield to access them. Any maintenance workers would be visible from a kilometre away, and no licensed and trained hunter would hunt in a manner that endangers any of them.

This isn’t about safety, but power. The provincial government has given these wind companies such a gold-plated contract, they have started to feel like they can call the shots on privately-held Ontario land.

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commented 2016-08-18 09:44:37 -0400
Holy Fcuk!
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commented 2016-08-11 01:39:36 -0400
William… And bears are a lot easier on the eyes compared to those sinister whirling dervishes on the horizon…
commented 2016-08-10 15:07:10 -0400
Bears are prolific and predatory, therefor we have a bear hunt. Wind turbines kill more animals than bears so we should have the same type of hunt. I would support this more since bears actually provide a useful service.
commented 2016-08-10 10:30:32 -0400
Everybody just stop, take one step back and objectively observe our recent past in one year, five year and ten year increments…is it not obvious what is going down right under our collective noses?
Now reverse that process towards the future in one year, five year and ten years increments…
Can you see the future?
Can you see a future…
commented 2016-08-10 02:39:30 -0400
Which reminds me… If you really want to see a “greenie” squirm, tap-dance and obfuscate, just ask them to reconcile that fact with the hundreds of thousands – more likely millions – of birds and bats killed by wind generator blades across across North America in recent years…
commented 2016-08-10 02:17:13 -0400
I may be thousands of miles away in far off British Columbia, but do I sense that wind generator blades in Ontario may be becoming popular targets for a royally pissed-off populace?… Say it isn’t so!…
commented 2016-08-10 02:01:18 -0400
Cameron Robock then the same goes for oil companies i guess? LOL , yeah we all know that would be different to a hypocrite like you.
commented 2016-08-09 21:05:04 -0400
@ Randy Burke commented 5 hours ago

You didn’t interrupt my sleep – you interrupted my awake!! LOL
commented 2016-08-09 21:00:39 -0400
Stephen E. co

Ahhh because you are either pussy whipped or just plain stupid?!?
commented 2016-08-09 20:56:04 -0400
@ Cameron Robock commented 10 mins ago
It’s leased land the farmer sold his rights with that.

No he didn’t!! All you weasel clause people think you are supreme – but NO!
commented 2016-08-09 20:44:32 -0400
It’s leased land the farmer sold his rights with that.
commented 2016-08-09 20:26:11 -0400
Do you have to recycle stories you do on your radio show, by putting them onto the rebel?

This is lazy journalism. I hope Ezra is not paying you for this.
commented 2016-08-09 19:58:18 -0400
Another edict from the growing dictatorship.
commented 2016-08-09 19:41:16 -0400
I hink the MNR in the province may have something to say about regulating hunting seasons in the area – hunters know a deer from a blaze orange reflector taped wind en=mployee fer gad sake – this isn’t about hunting – it’s about government and government crony paranoia
commented 2016-08-09 19:37:34 -0400
So a foreign, mostly State (France) owned Energy Company, (Oh BTW they are shutting down coal producing generating stations) is now telling us what we can or can’t do on our land. Hmmm, is any one out there starting to get the picture. Yes, you can (and should) ask an Ontarian, just how much has your electricity cost increased lately?
Of course we are not dealing with International Globalists here are we? Come to think of it, wasn’t Canada once considered an energy rich country pretty much on it’s way to self energy sufficiency.
No, no, no, no way tell me it ain’t so, there is not a chance that we have been SOLD OUT, OR IS THERE? – Shut down the coal industry, block the pipelines, it’s to save the PLANET, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
commented 2016-08-09 19:37:09 -0400
You hit it right on the head Andy – these globalists are so shit scared paranoid of a backlash from locals who these globalist wind corps are screwing, may take the form of putting down these bird choppers one at time with a well place rifle shot – keep an eye on this its bound to escalate as the burn job winf cartels put on the public become evident.
commented 2016-08-09 19:28:37 -0400
One employee makes one claim and it becomes law? I wouldn’t be shocked. I gotta learn how to play this game. I’ll beat you with your own rules
commented 2016-08-09 19:25:12 -0400
I keep asking myself why am I moving to Ontario: Taxes skyrocketing. Electricity rates through the roof. Wynn. By the end of the year a $350,000,000,000 debt. No sign of a balanced budget. Police doing everything not to indict Wynn Politically Correct governance. Skyrocketing housing costs. Wynn – ah, wind turbines everywhere. And probably the Liberals will be elected once again.
commented 2016-08-09 18:39:37 -0400
If there is a day that goes by we do not hear gunfire from a neighbour or a hunter on our farm I would be surprised.

We never worry – we know the people doing the shooting
commented 2016-08-09 18:30:07 -0400
I’ve heard that blade tips make for interesting targets.
commented 2016-08-09 16:44:23 -0400
Now there’s “irony” for you!… They don’t want farmers hunting on their own land but everybody is asked to ignore the thousands of birds and bats that the wind farms kill each year…
commented 2016-08-09 16:08:40 -0400
Incrementally they are taking your land rights away. How long before they declare it critical infrastructure and for security reasons they confiscate/expropriate the land you THOUGHT you owned.
Oh, never mind, of course our benevolent Government would never resort to such Tyranny, would they???? Sorry to interrupt your nap, go back to sleep….
commented 2016-08-09 15:36:25 -0400
In pre-NDP Alberta, gas and oil companies who had wells on private land, negotiated leasing arrangements with the farmers and ranchers. The leases gave them complete 24/7 access to the rigs for maintenance, repairs and other monitoring functions. Apparently, they never thought farmers hunting on their own land was a problem. What’s the difference?
commented 2016-08-09 15:10:41 -0400
A good heads up report Mr. Lawton.

Couple of opinion points:

1. Canada has not had property rights since 1982 when Papa Doc denied these rights by not including them our abortion of a charter. Hence, Ontario was able to ride roughshod over landholders by imposing these white elephant energy fiascos on them. Which leads to…

2. How much of this is Engie concerns directly and how much of this is Engie acting point for the Ontario Government to give the Government an excuse to impose further regulations on firearm owners along with further regulations on landholders as noted in the article. Wynne wants to control people.
commented 2016-08-09 14:57:11 -0400