By Peter Hendra, Kingston Whig-Standard
KINGSTON – Should attempts to thwart a developer’s plan to erect wind turbines on Amherst Island fall short, those who stand opposed to the project have a plan. “So, if all the efforts of Save (Amherst Island) and (the Association to Protect Amherst Island) fail to stop the project, then the citizens’ coalition will interfere with the developer’s ability to move through the village,” said Marc Raymond, who belongs to the two groups.
Windlectric Inc., a company formed by Oakville’s Algonquin Power Co. and Kingston’s Gaia Power, plans to erect 36 turbines on the island just west of the city. The company has a contract with the Ontario government, but the project has yet to be approved.
Raymond, for one, is concerned not just about the effect the turbines would have on the island’s wildlife, residents’ health and property values — arguments that have been made before — but also on the hamlet of Stella, where the ferry arrives. He’s afraid that the hamlet — which is about the same length as five city blocks and features between 30 and 50 homes — will be ruined by the construction.
“They’ll have bombed the island to smithereens, building roads and digging holes,” Raymond said. “For a year and a half, we’ll be a construction site.” Read article