It’s been a busy time in the County and a lot has been going on as of late. At a Special Council Meeting on August 31, council voted unanimously to withhold issuing permits to WPD until all information and documentation is provided. Two Town Halls have been held in Milford on September 5th and 18th, facilitated by Councilor Steve Ferguson and attended by Mayor Quaiff, several PEC Councilors, CAO James Hepburn, Commissioner Robert McAuley and other PEC staff. These town halls have helped inform County residents of current developments related to WPD’s starting construction. Most recently Council met on September 19th for another special meeting of the Committee of the Whole to discuss WPD’s Amended Road Users Agreement. Once again, Council voted unanimously to withhold consent until all relevant information has been provided. All of these meetings have been filled to capacity and covered by local Media as well as Quinte News and CKWS Kingston.
As those who attended the meetings this week already know, WPD commenced vegetation clearing and grubbing at wind turbine sites T06, T08, T09 and T10 two days ago, on Monday, September 18th. Bulldozers and backhoes have cleared vegetation and removed trees and brush in Blanding‘s Turtle habitat. While the Renewable Energy Approval states that construction in Blanding’s turtle habitat “shall only occur between October 15th and April 30th”, WPD is using a clause that permits construction activities that are “unavoidable”.
WPD is literally making a mockery of the Attorney General’s ERT, the Ontario Environmental Protection Act (EPA), the Renewable Energy Approval and the PEC community. This is shameful corporate behavior and is also likely illegal.
Mayor Robert Quaiff and MPP Todd Smith are working at contacting multiple Ontario government agencies to put a stop to the construction activities at these sites.
We will keep you appraised of the status of the clearing activities and anything else being done to stop the WPD White Wind Project and the 9 remaining wind turbines.
On a lighter note, we would like to remind members of the planned Saturday, September 30th Gibbins Farm Auction, a South Shore Appeal Fund fundraiser. 1078 Royal Road.
- This is a Boyd Sullivan sale. The auction will start at 10:30 AM. For details and photos on auction items please click here
- APPEC is operating the canteen to raise more money. Home baking would be appreciated as well as help from 9:30 a.m. to close with set up and selling. Contact Debbie Cermak at firstname.lastname@example.org Janna McCarthy at email@example.com
- Again, to save auction costs we need volunteers for set up and other jobs for Friday afternoon (1:30) and Saturday morning 7:00 am. Please contact Gord at firstname.lastname@example.org.