Wpd’s application for a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been deemed complete by the Ministry of the Environment. The next step in the process is to take comments from the public.
The 60 day comment period commenced March 11, 2014 and the deadline for submission of comments is May 10, 2014. Comments can be submitted by email or letter to the person noted below.Ramona Afante Senior Project Evaluator Ministry of the Environment Operations Division Environmental Approvals Branch 2 St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 12A Toronto, Ontario M4V 1L5
OR submit your comment by email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Important – Be sure to include < EBR 012-1279 > in the subject line of your email or letter.
A wide range of negative impacts are associated with wpd’s wind project. You may simply wish to write about one or more negative impacts you are personally concerned about such as:
- The impact on health and nuisance impacts from noise generated by the turbines. Loss of enjoyment and use of property.
- The impact on your home/business from construction and on-going commercial operation including business loss.
- The detrimental impact on historic landscape features, such as the 100 year old maple trees on Maypul Layn Road and on recognized designated Cultural Heritage structures.
- Shadow flicker, ice throw, flashing warning lights at night.
- The detrimental visual effect of 29 towering wind turbines randomly dispersed throughout South Marysburgh and part of Athol. The impact on iconic scenic views and rural features such as split rail fencing, old barns, pastures, wetlands and woods.
- The Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area used by millions of birds on an annual basis. The impact on migratory birds (eg. Peregrine Falcons, Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles) and resident birds (Osprey, Herons, Hawks) and on the many species of risk found on the south shore.
Those who have the time and inclination to comment on wpd’s reports visit http://canada.wpd.de/projects/in-canada/white-pines/renewable-energy-approval-rea-documentation.html or your local library. Please make sure that you view only the revised reports.
Effective comments are those that bring the deficiencies in the project documentation to light. Commenting on other issues such as hydro rates or the questionable value of wind turbines to energy supply are known to fall on deaf ears at the MOE. Keep the comments factual and respectful.
Please remember to direct your comments to Ramona Afante (mail and email addresses noted above). You may wish to send copies to Premier Wynne, to the Minister of the Environment and to the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County (APPEC):Premier Kathleen Wynne, Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 < email@example.com > Jim Bradley, MPP Minister of the Environment, 77 Wellesley Street West 11th Floor, Ferguson Block Toronto ON M7A 2T5 < firstname.lastname@example.org > Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County P.O. Box 173 Milford, ON K0K 2P0 < email@example.com >