Rick Conroy, Wellington Times
It is not at all clear the hall at Demorestville is nearly big enough to accommodate the residents seeking to defend Ostrander Point when the Ministry of Environment’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) gets under way next month.
Close to a hundred folks crowded into Picton’s Town Hall for a preliminary hearing on Friday in a room with fewer than 60 chairs. Even as a sturdy winter storm settled into the County, cancelling school buses and closing businesses, the room continued to fill.
Most had come hoping the panel might overturn the Ministry of Environment’s decision to approve Gilead Power Corporation’s plans to erect nine industrial wind turbines on Crown land at Ostrander Point. Most, but not all.
Many were forced to stand during the first two hours of dreary wrangling and dry explanations of procedures by a cast of lawyers that included the tribunal member, three laywers from McCarthy Tétrault for Gilead Power, two lawyers representing the MOE and one lawyer for both the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN) and the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County (APPEC).
Likely the most critical explanation centred on the hurdle PECFN and APPEC must clear in order to overturn the MOE director’s approval of the project. Read article