County turbine issue still waiting in the winds

By Nicole Kleinsteuber, County Live
Local conservation groups were hoping to hear the Ministry of Environment’s final decision today on whether or not to grant Gilead Power permission to build nine turbines along Ostrander Point.

The proposal was posted to the Environmental Registry Nov. 30 for a 60-day public review and comment period. Local groups were under the impression a decision would be made six months later.

“We thought there was a six month rule, then we learned today there is no absolute deadline,” said Gary Mooney a member of the steering committee for the County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy.

Mooney said he has been speaking through email with the ministry and was told they are at the tail end of the process. “I was informed a decision will be made within the next few weeks,” said Mooney. Gilead Power has been planning the project since 2006.

Mooney said this process has been long and tiresome for many members in the various local groups who have been battling the issue for years now. “We keep going because the issue is important to us and our new members are always bringing new energy to our pursuit,” said Mooney.

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