Treat Hull, Green Party of Ontario candidate for Prince Edward-Hastings in October’s provincial election and the party’s provincial Energy Critic, today expressed his opposition to the Ontario Power Authority’s decision to grant a contract to the White Pines industrial wind development proposed for South Marysburgh.
“The McGuinty government claims that it wants to consult with local communities on the issue of industrial wind development, but granting this contract to White Pines at this time makes a mockery of that claim,” Hull said. “The OPA granted this contract less than a month after the newly elected Prince Edward County council passed a resolution favouring a moratorium on wind development in the County until the province restores the zoning authority for industrial development that was taken away under the Green Energy Act. This is a direct slap in the face to the County’s elected representatives and to the citizens who elected them.”
Ontario Nature and other groups have raised serious concerns about the Ostrander Point industrial wind project and its potential impact on migratory birds, but the Ontario Power Authority has approved the White Pines project anyway, even though it is closer to the Long Point bird observatory than the Ostrander project.
“This arrogant decision by the Ontario Power Authority shows once again the importance of returning control over industrial development to local governments,” said Hull.