TORONTO – Environment – The Ontario Government is seeking to overturn itself in a court hearing that starts today in Toronto. Ontario. Wind Concerns Ontario states, “The rare and endangered Blanding’s turtle had a good day last July—the Environmental Review Tribunal revoked the Ontario government’s decision to allow a wind turbine project at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County on the grounds that the project would cause ‘serious and irreversible harm’ to the endangered turtles native to the area”.
“Now, the Ontario government’s Ministry of the Environment is appealing the decision by its own quasi-judicial Tribunal, seeking to overturn the decision and allow the wind power project to proceed, despite the objections of community and naturalist groups,” states Jane Wilson, President of Wind Concerns Ontario (WCO). “Beginning January 21, lawyers representing the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN) and the South Shore Conservancy will be defending the ERT decision in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto”.
The wind power developer, Toronto-based Gilead Power, supported by the wind power industry lobby group, the Canadian Wind Energy Association, will be arguing to overturn the decision to protect the turtles. Read article