The Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County is extremely pleased by today’s news that the PC government has introduced a bill that includes the White Pines Wind Project Termination Act. The bill easily passed the first reading of the PC majority legislature and is subject to two more readings at which time it will be on its way to becoming a new law.
The White Pines Wind Project Termination Act is retroactive to July 10, the date when MPP Todd Smith announced the government’s intention to cancel the Project as one of its top priorities. Once passed into law, the Act will terminate all wpd permits and revoke all approvals including the Project’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) contract and the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) that was issued to wpd three years ago today on July 16, 2015. The Act also includes decommissioning, specifically that: “wpd White Pines Wind Incorporated shall ensure that the White Pines Wind Project is decommissioned in accordance with regulations made under this Act or the Environmental Protection Act.”
While this comes as great news, celebrations are on hold as wpd carries on with construction. Reports were received today of horizontal directional drilling on Royal Road and rock saw excavation on Crowes Road for underground distribution lines as well as reports of a turbine tower being transported to the site.
Following a successful appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal, APPEC has been granted another court hearing. We will be back in court soon with our stay motion to get wpd to stop.
Read the full act here: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-2