Rick Conroy, The Times
The Ministry of Environment’s review of the Ostrander Point wind energy development begins this Friday morning in a makeshift hearing room at the Town Hall in Picton. Both the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN) and the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County (APPEC) are seeking to overturn the Ministry’s decision to approve the nine-turbine development on Crown land on the County’s south shore.
PECFN and APPEC will begin to stake out their arguments against the project at a preliminary hearing of an Environmental Review Tribunal that gets underway Friday morning at 11 a.m. PECFN argues that the industrialization of this pristine shoreline will wreck the habitat for many animals and birds, and in particular the nesting grounds for two endangered species, the whippoorwill and the Blanding’s turtle. The Ministry of Environment doesn’t deny this project will likely destroy this habitat—but says that it has compelled the developer to take measures to minimize the harm and provide alternate nesting areas nearby. Read article