Lake Ontario Waterkeeper weighs in

By PAUL SCHLIESMANN, THE WHIG-STANDARD, thewhig.com

A 60-turbine wind farm proposed for the waters of Lake Ontario off Kingston may not get closer than five km to the city shoreline.

The provincial environment ministry has recommended a five-km “shoreline exclusion zone” so that offshore wind projects don’t interfere with drinking water intakes, fish and bird habitats or produce excessive noise near communities.

“The new rules will apply to all projects,” said ministry spokeswoman Kate Jordan.

A citizens’ watchdog group that raised alarm bells about the offshore project planned by Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals Inc. is pleased with the government’s proposal. Continue reading