My Kawartha, Mary Riley
PONTYPOOL – The lawyer representing the appellants opposed to a controversial wind energy project in Manvers Township told the chair of the Environmental Review Tribunal that he had never before heard people ‘boo’ a tribunal. “And, I’ve been doing this for 20 years.” Eric Gillespie made his comments on Friday (Dec. 19) as the hearing of the appeal of wpd Canada’s Sumac Ridge industrial wind turbine project entered its last day at the Pontypool Community Centre.
It was a full turnout as those opposing Sumac Ridge made a last stand, calling ‘reply witnesses’ to rebut previous testimony from witnesses for wpd Canada. The Environmental Review Tribunal is an independent body that has conducted the appeal hearing for the last few weeks.
Citizen group Manvers Wind Concerns, Cransley Farm Homes and the Buddhist Association of Canada’s Cham Shan Temple launched the appeal last December after the Ministry of Environment (MOE) granted wpd Canada approval for Sumac Ridge. That involves the building of five industrial wind turbines (two of them on the Oak Ridges Moraine), which met fierce opposition from residents. Read article