(Open letter to Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment)
The Ministry of Environment’s decision not to conduct an Individual Environmental Assessment of access roads at Ostrander Point, announced in your December 19, 2012 letter, is based on numerous errors in fact and judgment.
Your letter states that between March and April 2011 you received 21 requests from members of the public. In point of fact, the Honourable John Wilkinson, then Minister of Environment (MOE), received the requests. In the last election Mr. Wilkinson was held accountable for his mishandling of the MOE portfolio.
Only 17 of the 21 requests came from members of the public. The other four requests were from organizations which collectively represent thousands of citizens. Why does your letter diminish the significance of comments by the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County; the South Shore Conservancy; Friends of Arron Lake, Wind Concerns Ontario Grey Bruce; and the Prince Edward Field Naturalists, Ontario Nature and Nature Canada?
All the requests point out the extensive impact of the access roads:
- fragmentation of wildlife habitat by the loop design
- destruction/loss of alvar and woodland habitat
- disturbance of avian and terrestrial wildlife during wind turbine construction and during the next 25
- years of operation due to increased on-site human activities
- harm, harassment and killing of two threatened species, Whip-poor-will and Blanding’s Turtle, albeit
- authorized by a Ministry of Natural Resources permit
- disturbance to raptors, especially protected Bald and Golden Eagles. Read article
The Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County (APPEC) has filed an appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) on the approval of Gilead Power’s Ostrander Point wind project. The appeal, says Henri Garand, APPEC Chair, “is focused on the serious health effects that nine wind turbines will inflict on residents living within two kms.
“In 2011, the Chatham-Kent ERT panel acknowledged that wind turbines can cause harm when sited too close. It also noted that Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Arlene King had failed to research ‘indirect’ health effects in her 2010 review of scientific literature. “APPEC’s appeal will take into account the ERT’s guidance on the need to show harm to specific ‘receptors,’ aka persons. It will present the latest acoustical, epidemiological and medical research, as well as the testimonies of Ontario wind victims.”
Garand notes that while previous ERT appeals featured a battle among experts, “this time Ontario residents will recount the adverse health effects they personally experience when living next to wind turbines despite supposedly protective setbacks. Read article
At Thursday night’s White Pines Wind Project open house, the number of people in attendance to oppose wind turbines in Prince Edward County far outnumbered the number looking to welcome them. But though the pro wind camp was small, its words were powerful for one life-long County man who observed the two camps wave their placards, chant and march, as the open house continued inside the high school auditorium.
“That seemed so unreal to me,” the South Marysburgh resident said. “The topping on the cake was (a man) telling me to move back to Toronto! He was in my homeroom a couple of times at least (here in Picton). I’ve read that the County will never be the same, now I’m afraid I believe it.”
“Many were there in solidarity with the residents of South Marysburgh to demonstrate their strong opposition to a 29-turbine industrial installation that will forever change the face of the County,” said Karen Empringham. Read article
[written by Gary Mooney, a member of the Steering Committee of CCSAGE.]
Here’s an opportunity for you to evaluate for yourself the impacts of large-scale wind energy development on the long-term sustainability of your community, comparing the positives with the negatives. I have developed a one-page scoring system, presented here. Click on the image and then print it. After completing the scoring, please add a comment to this post, indicating your total positive and negative scores and your thoughts. Continue reading
An Opinion on Senator Runciman’s Motion for a Moratorium
Placing industrial-scale wind turbines in Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and major migratory flyways is proving to be a very bad idea. On November 30, Senator Runciman in his motion to the Senate, called for a moratorium on wind turbine development on the north eastern shores of Lake Ontario to prevent the destruction of birds and Important Bird Areas (IBAs). The Senate unanimously supported him. Senator Runciman and the Senate are to be applauded for shining a light on one of the serious shortcomings of the Green Energy Act. Continue reading
By Peter Hendra, The Whig-Standard
Janet Grace is thrilled that a senator is turning the spotlight on the fight against installing wind turbines on Amherst Island. “We’ve been trying to get the feds involved in this for a long time and finally they’re taking some note,” said Grace, who is president of the Association for the Protection of Amherst Island. “That kind of support is huge for us right now. Huge.” Continue reading
by Max Paris, CBC News
An internationally recognized “Important Bird Area” is being threatened by an Ontario wind power development, a Canadian conservation group alleges. Gilead Power Corporation hopes to build a nine-turbine wind farm on the south shore of Prince Edward County, a huge peninsula that juts into eastern Lake Ontario. Nature Canada worries the project will kill untold numbers of migratory birds because it is right next to a National Wildlife Area used by hundreds of thousands birds as a stopover point on their yearly journeys north and south. Continue reading
by Terry Sprague
The South Shore Important Bird Area (IBA) was so designated due its importance as a migratory stopover during both spring and fall bird migrations. The IBA Program is an international conservation initiative coordinated by BirdLife International. The Canadian co-partners for the IBA Program are Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada.
To blithely ignore the importance of this entire shoreline to migratory birds that arrive by the hundreds of thousands during nocturnal migrations in the spring, is both arrogant and irresponsible. We tend to question such high numbers since these migrations take place at night, and we do not witness it. However, documented bird kills at other manmade structures, and radar images of migrants, do not lie. Directly across Prince Edward Bay from Prince Edward Point is the Lennox Generating Plant. Continue reading
By Joanne Courneya-Fitzroy
Kingston Whig Standard
After much deliberation and public input, Prince Edward County council has voted against supporting in principle another municipality’s bylaw regulating wind turbines.
The municipality of Arran-Elderslie is seeking the support of several municipalities across Ontario for its bylaw asking the provincial government for more stringent restrictions on wind farms.
Council heard from several delegations both for and against wind turbines, including environmental lawyer Eric Gillespie. Continue reading