Good News – ERT Success!

Blanding’s turtle photo @ Prince Edward Point – Mid-April 2017

Dear APPEC Members and Supporters,

Good news at last!

The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has issued a final decision on the White Pines Wind Project which protects the South Shore.   The ERT has removed 18 of the Project’s 27 turbines (T12-T29), which leaves only 9 turbines in the Project.  The 18 removed turbines were all located on the South Shore, basically those turbines which were proposed to be located south of Royal Road.  Please click here to read the full ERT Decision.

We are pleased that the ERT has made a decision that will keep the South Shore turbine-free.  This is clearly a victory for the survival of the Blanding’s turtle and many other animal and plant species found there.  Although the ERT decision was specifically concerned with protecting these turtles and their habitat we are very pleased that indirectly as a result of this decision there will be no turbines in the Prince Edward County Important Bird and Biodiversity Area.

This ERT decision validates years of efforts to save the County’s natural heritage along the South Shore and a great many people were involved in bringing us to this point.  Our sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to this effort, most particularly our members and supporters who made the appeal possible through their donations to help cover legal costs.  Our greatest appreciation for our Council’s strong support. Our deepest gratitude to Eric Gillespie and his associates who have fought so long and hard for environmental justice for the South Shore.  No one deserves more thanks – or more credit – for this ERT win than Eric.  We are also proud to share this success with PECFN who led the way with their ERT win at Ostrander Point.

Going forward our main concern will be paying for the ERT and other legal costs and possible appeals of the decision.  For now, we ask that you join us in celebrating the end of our successful appeal with a donation to help us cover our legal costs.  Donations can be made to the South Shore Appeal Fund OR to the County of Prince Edward – Legal Appeal Fund if you wish to make a donation and receive an official income tax receipt.  More information on how to make a donation is provided at the end of this message.

We are delighted – and greatly relieved – that the ERT ultimately made a sound decision.

Gord Gibbins

How to make a donation to the South Shore Appeal Fund
Donations to the SSAF can be made by cheque or PayPal on our website   Please make your cheque out to the South Shore Appeal Fund and mail to Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County, P. O. Box 173, Milford, ON K0K 2P0 nb: Donations to the SSAF are not tax-deductible.  If you wish to make a donation and receive an income tax receipt please follow the directions below.

How to make a tax-deductible donation
If you wish to make a donation and receive an official income tax receipt please make your cheque out to the “County of Prince Edward – Legal Appeal Fund” and mail to Shire Hall, 332 Main St. Picton, ON K0K 2T0 or drop your cheque off at Shire Hall during office hours Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm.  The name and address on the cheque should be the name and address that you wish to appear on the official income tax receipt that will be issued.  If your cheque has incomplete information on it (for example your name is printed on the cheque but there is no address) please provide this missing information in a brief note accompanying your cheque.  You will receive an income tax receipt in the mail.

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