APPEC will be hosting a rally at the Milford Mount Tabor Fairgrounds on September 27th starting at 11AM and going onto until 4PM. Come and show your support for the Protecting What We Love movement in Prince Edward County. Come and show just how angry you are with what is happening to our small community by big business and big government. Come and see just how big these monstrous Industrial Wind Turbines are and how they will tower over our small community. Just how big is 50 stories? … along the South Shore … too big. Come and learn what the noise will be like from these planned wind turbines as they are just too close to family residences, our wild life and our neighborhood. Come to understand how our heritage will be impacted by these views and how property may get damaged in the construction. Do you need to find out where the 28km transmission will be buried and just how close to residences the construction will come? Are you worried about the changes in the hydrology and wetlands and how wells may get impacted? Come and find out. Come and learn how the wpd White Pines Wind Project will be industrializing the South Shore and consider for yourself if there are too many for the people that live here and the important wild life and habitat that the County is known for.
There will be a lot to learn with many displays presented by APPEC and other local groups including PECFN, CCSAGE and individuals who have been critiquing the wpd White Pines Wind Project since 2010. There will be fun for all ages with live local entertainment, bands and music. There will be lots to eat with several different food trucks. It will be a pleasure for your eyes, your ears, your taste buds and your mind.
Come and join the rally this September 27th.
You may already know that Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff was rebuffed by both Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Minister of the Environment. If you would like to read the letter Mayor Robert Quaiff received here it is in full. Click here to read the letter.
Don’t you just love our politicians at Queens Park?
The following was distributed to APPEC members stating that an APPEC appeal has been filed of the wpd White Pines Wind project.
Dear APPEC Members:
The approval of the 27-turbine White Pines Wind Project has been widely condemned. The APPEC Board, on behalf of its members, has responded to the approval by filing a Notice of Appeal with the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT).
APPEC’s appeal was filed on Friday, July 31st with the ERT and served on the Ministry of the Environment and wpd White Pines Inc. The appeal contests the approval on grounds that this project, if allowed to proceed, will cause serious harm to human health and the natural environment of the Prince Edward County south shore.
APPEC is well-prepared to launch this appeal. We have been actively critiquing the project since 2010 when it was issued a FIT contract. We are motivated and we are ready with a legal team and expert witnesses.
We are organized to succeed on both appeals. In order to ensure success the APPEC Board will be seeking your financial support and time commitment in the weeks to come.
The environmental conservancy groups are speaking out against the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s decision to put electricity generation ahead of environment conservation.
White Pines Wind Project Decision Harmful to Birds and Bats
Nature Canada, Ontario Nature, and American Bird Conservancy are extremely disappointed by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s decision last week to approve the White Pines Prince Edward County Wind Energy Project in an internationally designated Important Bird Area (IBA).
“There are so many things wrong about this decision and the only reasonable conclusion is that it is bad for nature” said Ted Cheskey, Senior Conservation Manager at Nature Canada. “More populations of species at risk will be threatened and more critical habitat will be destroyed. Nature Canada is not opposed to the Project as a whole, but several specific turbines should not have been approved. We are also at a loss to understand why the Ministry would approve this project without waiting for the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal in the Ostrander case.”
To read the full News Release click here.
Protect ecosystem from damage from wind power, MPP Smith write to Environment Minister
MPP Todd Smith
July 17, 2015
Hon. Glen Murray
11th Flr 77 Wellesley St W
Toronto ON M7A 2T5
I am writing you today to express considerable distress with the decision of your Ministry yesterday as it pertains to the White Pines wind turbine development that is planned for the South Shore of Prince Edward County.
You’ll recall that earlier in the year, I wrote to you about the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeals regarding another project planned for the same ecosystem and almost the exact same location in Prince Edward County. At that time, the Ontario Court of Appeals had ruled that the Environmental Review Tribunal was right to state that the project would cause serious and irreversible harm to the ecosystem.
Mayor Robert Quaiff writes the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. He expresses his dismay and concern of the recent Renewable Energy Approval to wpd White Pines Wind Incorporated (wpd) for 27 industrial wind turbines in the south of Prince Edward County.
You can read his letter in full by clicking here.
Dear APPEC Members,
Regrettably the Ministry of the Environment has seen fit to issue a renewable energy approval (REA) to wpd White Pines Wind Inc. to construct 27 wind turbines in South Marysburgh and part of Athol.
Once again the Ministry has chosen to put the health and welfare of County residents (or using the Ministry’s terminology “receptors”) in jeopardy. For the second time in as many years the Ministry has ignored the expert advice of conservation experts that a wind project on the County’s south shore will cause serious harm to wildlife. Not even the finding of an Environmental Review Tribunal that a wind project at Ostrander Point will cause serious and irreversible harm to the Blanding’s turtle was enough to deter the Ministry.
While we had hoped this day would not come APPEC has been preparing for it for some time. We are presently reviewing the REA document and arranging to meet this weekend with our legal counsel to discuss the health and environmental ERT challenge as well as examine other options for a successful legal case against wpd.
Some comfort can be taken in the fact that there is considerable expertise in the County and many allies in PECFN, SSC and CCSAGE Naturally Green, in the media and in the municipal government who will contribute their expertise, time and efforts to protect the south shore. We also have a strong ally in the provincial government, Todd Smith MPP. In this regard we have enclosed Todd’s letter to the Minister of the Environment Glen Murray on wpd’s approval (click here to view letter).
Above all, your support is needed and appreciated to ensure a successful fight.