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Messages from the LLG to the MD of Pincher Creek Councillors

Posted: October 25, 2018

  • We are extremely concerned about the cumulative impact on the MD of continuing wind farm development and the associated transmission needs.
  • The MD should have a long-term development plan in place, that recognizes the SSRP and other land use policy and regulatory frameworks developed over the last decade, prior to making significant land use decisions.
  • MD is at risk of unintentionally sacrificing our extraordinarily beautiful and environmentally rich region to growing pressure for new wind development
  • There is an opportunity to flag these growing concerns by taking a firm stand to not approve any further wind development until this risk is resolved.
  • MD has the right to make decisions about development in this area – it cannot abdicate responsibility to outside agencies and governments.

Action requested:

  • Vote NO to Windy Point Wind Park Amendment Application
  • Consider the cumulative impact of continued electrical transmission and generation development in our already crowded municipality
  • Halt all further approvals of wind development applications until land use issues are assessed and an updated municipal development plan is in place

Key Supportin Facts

This region of Alberta represents the last 1% of the Great Northern Plains native grasslands and has been recognized in legislation as an environmentally sensitive region home to many endangered species.

The iconic views of the mountains and rangelands will be severely compromised by continued wind development and the associated transmission. All of the proposed transmission routes have major negative consequence including the potential for massive transmission infrastructure along the “Cowboy Trail” and/or Highway 3 as well as across pristine stretches of undeveloped areas.

AESO and AltaLink have confirmed the planned transmission development in our area is only needed to meet the government’s renewable energy target by 2030, there is no expected load growth or other driver.

If the transmission line is built it will double available transmission capacity in the region which in turn will drive more wind development under the government’s program and continue the industrial creep that irreversibly changes the landscape. Based on the anticipated growth trajectory more transmission with all the associated impacts would then likely be needed within 10 years.