Wellington Times, Rick Conroy
A desperate race is afoot. On one side, Gilead Power Corporation vows it will begin the levelling of Ostrander Point as soon as conditions on the site permit. On the other side, the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists are headed back to court seeking to stop the developer. Who wins this race may well impact the vitality of a distinct and rare alvar habitat, thousands of migrating birds and animals, as well as the health and enjoyment of property for those who live near this rugged bit of Prince Edward County.
Armed with a court-reinstated Renewable Energy Approval (REA), Gilead Power is free to begin clearing land, carving new roadways and preparing for the construction of nine industrial wind turbines, the first of dozens planned to be erected in South Marysburgh. Only an abundant snowfall has deterred earthmoving equipment since a divisional court overturned, last month, an Environmental Review Tribunal (Tribunal) decision to stop the project.
The developer has signalled its eagerness to begin clearing the site of vegetation in preparation of the search for and removal of any unexploded weapons that may be lodged in the soil—potential remnants of the County’s south shore history as a gunnery range during WW2. Read article