Less than four days after APPEC’s successful appeal wpd has advised APPEC of its plans to begin clearing vegetation for its White Pines wind project. According to wpd: “Further to the Tribunal’s decision dated February 26, 2016, I write to advise that wpd intends to proceed with vegetation clearing of private property on the Project site commencing on March 14, 2016.”
We are appalled by wpd’s chosen course of action. It is fundamentally disrespectful of the appeal process not to mention an ERT decision that to anyone’s mind would bring the White Pines wind project to a grinding halt. Instead, wpd is behaving as though the decision does not apply to them.
Vegetation clearing for turbines and access roads will cause irreparable environmental destruction. Of particular concern is the impact of heavy machinery that will be brought in on Blanding’s turtle habitat, where most of the wind turbines are located, and on Blanding’s turtles themselves as they emerge from their over-wintering sites early this year after a mild fall and winter.
APPEC’s legal counsel has responded quickly submitting a motion requesting the ERT to issue a stay of all physical activity associated with this Renewable Energy Approval until this matter has been resolved by the Tribunal.
APPEC, Mr. Hirsch and the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN) note the similarities between wpd’s attempt to start on construction while an appeal is underway and a prior attempt by Gilead Power to do the same at Ostrander Point. In this instance the Ontario Court of Appeal had no hesitation in granting a stay on construction in order to prevent irreparable harm. We are confident that wpd’s attempt will meet with the same outcome.
Given the urgency of this motion we would expect that the Tribunal will give it a high priority and issue a decision without delay.
Some Comments from the public
The way these lawyers play with words – construction vs operation,blah blah – totally gutting the intention of the ruling! The other horror is that they need to destroy the site before the date when the wildlife is protected, May to Oct. And the way the Director ‘takes no position’ on the destruction of the sites!
Can you get this out on the internet? This is so arrogant that it could get a large response if explained and worded properly..esp if the picture of the bull dozer was attached. There must be some level where the public can understand and get inspired to act. Wishing you all the best in the fight,
The nerve of the little bastards!
They’re putting these monsters up on private land? Boy, that’s just great for community relations. Money seems to be the new God.
I cannot believe this!!!! They should be stopped in their tracks!! This proves what sort of disrespectful, unconscionable, work ethics this group has!!! No means No!!
Another instance of make me stop if you can!