Senator says Amherst Island wind project approval ‘dereliction of duty’

amherst IslandThe Whig
KINGSTON – A Conservative senator is joining the chorus of opposition to the advancement of a controversial wind energy project on Amherst Island. Sen. Bob Runciman, a former Leader of the provincial Progressive Conservatives, said the decision to deem Windlectric Inc.’s Amherst Island Renewable Energy Approval application complete is a “dereliction of duty” by the provincial environment ministry.

“The government is riding roughshod over local objections, including by the duly elected council of Loyalist Township, and ignoring that this is one of the most critical areas for birds in North America, and home to 34 species at risk,” Runciman said in a release Friday afternoon. The energy created by wind projects like the one proposed for Amherst Island has created a surplus of electricity that is being sold off to neighbouring provinces and states at a fraction of the cost of generation, Runciman said.

Windlectric Inc. is proposing to build a 36-turbine, 75-megawatt wind energy project on Amherst Island. The public has 65 days — until March 8 — to file comments about the Amherst Island proposal. Opponents of the project call this the technical review phase, during which the different reports filed by the company in support of the development are reviewed. Read article

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