Picton Court House
Picton, Ontario – The Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County (APPEC) has commenced legal proceedings naming the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and WPD White Pines Wind Inc. (WPD) as respondents. APPEC alleges that the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) contract between the IESO and WPD should have been terminated as soon as it became evident that WPD would be unable or incapable of fulfilling the FIT contract terms. These FIT contract terms have been made publicly available and are well known.
In 2010, a FIT contract for 60MW wind energy project to be operational within three (3) years was offered by the Ontario Power Authority (now the IESO) to WPD. The contract allowed for termination if the project was not able to deliver at least 75% of the contracted power. A Renewable Energy Approval (REA) was granted to WPD by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) five years later in 2015. Immediately after the MOECC approval, an appeal was made by APPEC to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT). In 2016 the ERT found that the project would cause serious and irreversible harm to the natural environment. After allowing the proponent an opportunity to propose additional mitigation measures to prevent this harm, the ERT still found it necessary to remove 18 of the 27 wind turbines from the project. As a result, the project is only permitted to erect nine (9) 2.05 MW turbines which can only fulfill approximately 30% of the original FIT contract requirement, far less than the 75% referred to under the contract.
APPEC has made an application to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice seeking a declaration that the FIT contract for the White Pines Wind Project is null and void and an injunction on any further work on the White Pines Wind project. A hearing on this matter is currently scheduled for November 17th, 2017 at 44 Union Street, Picton, Ontario K0K 2T0 at 10:00 a.m.
APPEC is represented by Eric K. Gillespie Professional Corporation which has represented APPEC during the ERT hearings for both the White Pines Wind Project and the Ostrander Point Wind Energy projects. For further information, please contact Eric Gillespie at 416–703–6362.
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A Rally and Town Hall Meeting to demand the cancellation of wpd Canada’s White Pines Wind Project in South Marysburgh, Sunday, October 15th in Picton
March (rain or shine): 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. down Main Street, Picton.
Assemble on Cold Storage Road in Picton by 12:30 p.m. and bring along your personalized sign, placard or poster.
Meeting: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Regent Theatre
Learn how the 9-turbine White Pines Wind Project WILL affect you and Prince Edward County, and what you can do to help. Local politicians, County residents, business people and experts will provide impact statements, updates, and answer your questions about: loss of landowner and municipal rights because of the Green Energy Act; human health effects; destruction of heritage, tourism and endangered species; and other concerns.
Mayor Robert Quaiff; MPP Todd Smith; Winemaker Norman Hardie; Wind Concerns Ontario resident, Jane Wilson; Dr. Robert McMurtry OC; and other knowledgeable individuals. Moderated by Councillor Steve Ferguson
Contact logistics coordinator Les Stanfield at 613.476.5363 or Contact Councillor Steve Ferguson at 613.827.7174 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Your participation really matters!
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Prince Edward County Residents Standing Up for their Rights!
Huge rally to protest wpd wind project and the Green Energy Act
PICTON, ON., October 7: Prince Edward County residents will rally together to voice their opposition to wpd Canada’s White Pines Wind Project that involves erecting nine 150m-tall (500 FT.) industrial wind turbines in and around the hamlet of Milford in the ward of South Marysburgh.
The County is an unwilling host to industrial wind turbine projects that disrupt the lives and livelihoods of County residents; that destroy the County’s historic landscapes; and that cause irreparable harm to the County’s wildlife and natural environment.
This much anticipated rally will consist of a march coupled with an information session at the Regent Theatre in Picton. “Our hope is that this rally will motivate the government to cancel this project once and for all”, says Les Stanfield, logistics coordinator for the rally. “We want people to be creative in preparing for the march through floats, banners and placards that personalize their message to wpd and Queen’s Park”, adds Stanfield.
Those wanting to participate in the march can gather at the end of Cold Storage Road by 12:30 p.m. for departure at 1:00 p.m. or join the march at any point on the route along Main Street to the Regent Theatre. At 2:00 p.m. people can participate in an information session at the Regent. County residents, local politicians, business people and experts will provide impact statements, updates and answer questions about: anticipated personal impacts; loss of land owner and municipal rights because of the Green Energy Act; human health effects; destruction of heritage, tourism and endangered species; and other concerns.
“We hope every single person who has expressed concern about this wind energy project will come out and not only show support for the residents of South Marysburgh who will be directly affected by the White Pines project, but also to express their strong opposition to the government legislation that allowed the project to happen in the first place,” says Steve Ferguson, Prince Edward County Councillor for South Marysburgh. “All residents of Prince Edward County need to fully understand the implications of the White Pines project.”
For more information contact Les Stanfield at 613-476-5363
The Gibbins Farm Auction is coming up this Saturday. This is a wonderful opportunity to own some beautiful pieces and help support the cause against the WPD White Pines Wind Project. All funds raised at the Auction will go to the legal fight to stop WPD.
When: Saturday, September 30, 2017 starting at 10:30 a.m.
Where: The Gibbins Farm, 1078 Royal Road, Milford (directions below)
Auction items can be viewed here
How You Can Help
-Friday at 1:30 pm: unpack boxes and other set up
-Saturday at 7:00 a.m. to help set up
-Saturday 9:30 to finish, to help out at the canteen (Volunteers needed throughout the day for two hour shifts)
-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to finish, other auction help
If you can help out at the auction please let me know. Email: email@example.com
Donations of baked goods are appreciated. If you can help with baking please contact Debby Cermak Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re on social media, help spread the word about the Gibbins Farm Auction.
We look forward to seeing you – and to a very successful day
The following photos were taken showing the recent WPD Blanding’s Turtle habitat destruction .
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October 2, 2017:
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It was a packed house on County Road 10 on Monday night as close to 100 Prince Edward County Residents showed up to discuss the latest about the controversial wind turbine project.
Many are not pleased with wpd’s White Pines Project that was first proposed in 2009.
The original project wanted 29 wind turbines built. Now the plan is to build nine, near the south shore of Milford.
“I’ve never been so angry at anything in my life … (click here to see the Global News Video and article by Heather Senoran)
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It’s been a busy time in the County and a lot has been going on as of late. At a Special Council Meeting on August 31, council voted unanimously to withhold issuing permits to WPD until all information and documentation is provided. Two Town Halls have been held in Milford on September 5th and 18th, facilitated by Councilor Steve Ferguson and attended by Mayor Quaiff, several PEC Councilors, CAO James Hepburn, Commissioner Robert McAuley and other PEC staff. These town halls have helped inform County residents of current developments related to WPD’s starting construction. Most recently Council met on September 19th for another special meeting of the Committee of the Whole to discuss WPD’s Amended Road Users Agreement. Once again, Council voted unanimously to withhold consent until all relevant information has been provided. All of these meetings have been filled to capacity and covered by local Media as well as Quinte News and CKWS Kingston.
As those who attended the meetings this week already know, WPD commenced vegetation clearing and grubbing at wind turbine sites T06, T08, T09 and T10 two days ago, on Monday, September 18th. Bulldozers and backhoes have cleared vegetation and removed trees and brush in Blanding‘s Turtle habitat. While the Renewable Energy Approval states that construction in Blanding’s turtle habitat “shall only occur between October 15th and April 30th”, WPD is using a clause that permits construction activities that are “unavoidable”.
WPD is literally making a mockery of the Attorney General’s ERT, the Ontario Environmental Protection Act (EPA), the Renewable Energy Approval and the PEC community. This is shameful corporate behavior and is also likely illegal.
Mayor Robert Quaiff and MPP Todd Smith are working at contacting multiple Ontario government agencies to put a stop to the construction activities at these sites.
We will keep you appraised of the status of the clearing activities and anything else being done to stop the WPD White Wind Project and the 9 remaining wind turbines.
On a lighter note, we would like to remind members of the planned Saturday, September 30th Gibbins Farm Auction, a South Shore Appeal Fund fundraiser. 1078 Royal Road.
- This is a Boyd Sullivan sale. The auction will start at 10:30 AM. For details and photos on auction items please click here
- APPEC is operating the canteen to raise more money. Home baking would be appreciated as well as help from 9:30 a.m. to close with set up and selling. Contact Debbie Cermak at email@example.com Janna McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Again, to save auction costs we need volunteers for set up and other jobs for Friday afternoon (1:30) and Saturday morning 7:00 am. Please contact Gord at email@example.com.