Nature Canada, Ontario Nature and American Bird Conservancy News Release

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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.

 

Posted in Environment

MPP Todd Smith writes the Environment Minister about the wpd White Pines Project

Protect ecosystem from damage from wind power, MPP Smith write to Environment Minister

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MPP Todd Smith

July 17, 2015

Hon. Glen Murray
Ferguson Block
11th Flr 77 Wellesley St W
Toronto ON M7A 2T5

Dear Minister,

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.

Click here to read the whole letter

 

 

Posted in Political, Uncategorized

Mayor Robert Quaiff to Premier Wynne and Minister Murray

Mayor Robert QuaiffMayor 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.

Posted in Political, Uncategorized

Letter to APPEC Members – wpd White Pines Project Approved

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 enclose​d​ 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.

Regards,

Gord Gibbins
Chair, APPEC

Posted in Legal News, Uncategorized

wpd’s 28 km high-voltage transmission line in Prince Edward County approved

Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County
P.O. Box 173
Milford, Ontario K0K 2P0
APPEC Press Release

Milford, ON/ March 20, 2015 — wpd Canada Corporation’s high-voltage transmission line in Prince Edward County has been approved by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). The 28 kilometre transmission line is needed to connect wpd’s 29-turbine White Pines wind project to the provincial electricity grid.

The transmission line, to be installed almost entirely in County road right of ways, extends from Royal Road south of Milford to the Elmbrook transformer station north of Picton. County landmarks impacted during construction of the line include Milford Black Creek Valley ANSI, Millenium Trail, Waring’s Creek Watershed, Big Swamp Provincially Significant Wetland and the roundabout at Loyalist Parkway and Cty Rd. 1. The transmission line, which wpd says will be buried, poses a threat to the stands of century-old maples lining Crowes Road and Maypul Layn Road.

Extensive excavation needed to bury the line is expected to cause structural damage to residential properties, including wells, heritage homes and some of the 600 + structures along the route.

wpd has provided little solid evidence about the transmission line.   Repeated requests for information and studies needed for a full assessment of the project have been ignored.

The Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County is dismayed by the absurdity of the OEB approval of the 28 kilometre transmission line without prior regard to impacts on County Heritage landmarks, environmentally sensitive habitat and residential property structural damage without prearranged property owner agreements. The Alliance is frustrated even further by the fact that the OEB has granted approval without ensuring sufficient information was provided to the Prince Edward County Municipality to allow them to properly plan out the municipal right-of-way usage and understand the potential impact to County residences. We strongly object to an OEB approval process that does not properly protect residents, residential property and the environment.

We call on the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to reject the renewable energy application for the White Pines Wind Project.

For more information, please contact:

Paula Peel, Secretary
APPEC (Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County)
613-476-7693
contactus@appec.ca

Click here to view the OEB Approval document

Posted in News Release, Ontario Energy Board, Uncategorized

Comments to the Ministry of the Environment by APPEC members

Many people from Prince Edward County have directed comments to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) on the planned wpd White Pines Project. These are only a few of the written comments submitted to MOECC last spring. APPEC members wanted to be clear to the Ontario government that they do not want monstrous industrial sized wind turbines in areas that need heritage and environmental protection. Concerns over health and the economy persist as more evidence becomes available on the harm to people’s lives. Please read these comments from your neighbours and friends along the South Shore that have expressed their concern and are willing to stand-up and be vocal as part of the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County. APPEC thanks you.

From Gord Currier: We wish to register our strong objection to the application by White Pines Wind Project (WPD) for a Renewable Energy Approval (REA).

We own the single family home directly north across the road from Mount Tabor. From this vantage point our view of this cultural and Designated Heritage historical building, constructed in 1865-67, will be totally overwhelmed by the monstrous scale of one of the proposed industrial size WPD wind turbines. Read the full letter by clicking here …

 From Sophia DeFrancesca, Visual Artist: Being a newcomer to Milford, I have many concerns about the proposed White Pines Wind Project that is currently in the approval process.

When I first looked out on to the beautiful vista of the town from my new home, I just could not believe that our government would defy their own laws, and ever allow this picturesque heritage sight to be blighted by industrial wind turbines. From my perspective, this place is paradise! It’s peaceful and serene, with quaint homes, and lovely nature all around. I don’t take for granted at all the breath taking views from my vantage point. This is an incredibly gorgeous place in this world, there’s no doubt about it! As a visual artist who understands aesthetics, I’m not ashamed to say that certainly, I do not underestimate what could be lost. Some may consider this kind of concern frivolous, but I’m sure they said the same thing when they tore down so many of our heritage buildings in Toronto in the name of progress. It was a travesty, and there’s no changing that now. Read the full letter by clicking here …

From Franco DeFrancesca: The prospect of having the White Pines Wind Power industrial wind turbine development in South Marysburgh/Milford would be devastating and disastrous. As a recent owner of a property in Milford, and after researching the many issues resulting from Industrial Wind Power Development, I cannot believe that the knowledge and concerns of people from the region and all over the word are not being taken into consideration. Read the full letter by clicking here …

From Jim McPherson: … Because I live in the neighbourhood of Prince Edward County where this project would be located, I have followed its development with great concern, and I have attended all “public information events” sponsored by the proponent.

This proposed project was recently posted to the Environmental Registry as a proposal that is “deemed complete”. I respectfully submit to you that this proposal is incomplete. The proponent has failed to meet many basic criteria of your own Ministry of the Environment, and has even failed to adhere to the advice that OMAF gives to Ontario farmers on its web site. The proponent has also failed to recognize and respond to assurances that have been publicly announced by Premier Wynne, and to the basic citizen guarantees in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Read the full letter by clicking here …

From Bryan and Kate Muir: Our home, “Prince Edward County” is made up of good people, fantastic wild life and birds, with unique countryside, different from other areas of Ontario. I am very proud to tell anyone where I live and what Prince Edward County has to offer.

Wind turbines do not belong in Prince Edward County!

Read the full letter by clicking here …

From Inge and Caspar Radden: As residents of Prince Edward County we object to installations of White Pines turbines that will obstruct familiar views from many places, e.g., driving or walking Old Milford Road and Scott’s Mill Road above the Mill Pond, playing sports on the grounds, attending the fair or participating in the Easter parade and other events, where we always make professional pictures and send them all over the world. Read the full letter by clicking here …

Posted in Economy, Environment, Health, Heritage

Yet More Challenges to Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study

Rod_of_Asclepius (medical)Here are three recent Goldhawk Fights Back Podcasts analyzing the Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study.

GFB Podcast: Joan Morris – November 13th Posted on November 13, 2014 by Valerie Massie Epidemiologist Joan Morris offers her thoughts on the Health Canada’s wind turbine and noise health study

GFB Podcast: Carmen Krogh – November 20th Carmen Krogh, a researcher, retired pharmacist and a founding member of the Society for Wind Vigilance, offers her criticism of the Health Canada report on the health effects of wind turbines.

GFB Podcast: Dr. Robert McMurtry – November 12th Posted on November 12, 2014 by Valerie Massie Dr. Robert McMurtry, the founding director of Wind Concerns Ontario, comments on the Health Canada Study of industrial wind turbines.

And other references related to the Health Canada report:

Prof disputes wind turbine report – By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard. Amherst Island’s own Dr. John Harrison, a Queen’s University professor emeritus in physics

Bad science – The Wellington Times by: Rick Conroy

Wind turbine opponents reject study – By John Miner, The London Free Press

Posted in Health, Uncategorized