Please attend WPD White Pines public meeting on Thu, Mar 22, 2012
Please attend the first public meeting for WPD Canada’s 29-turbine White Pines wind project, scheduled for 5:30 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 22 at PECI, 41 Barker St, Picton.
Many people believe that this project poses an even greater threat to the County than Gilead’s Ostrander Point Project.
Natural environment. WPD proposes to install 18 wind turbines within or near the South Shore’s Important Bird Area — twice the number planned by Gilead. And while Gilead’s project is confined to a 2 km distance along the shoreline, WPD’s project will extend for 15 km from end to end, on both sides of Ostrander Point, thereby creating a hazard for birds and bats flying either parallel or perpendicular to the shore. And there will be major damage to wildlife habitat from the turbine foundations and access roads.
Resident families. Overall, the 29 turbines will be spread over more than 60% of the land area of South Marysburgh, plus eastern Athol. Within that footprint, almost all of the homes will be within 2 km of at least 3 turbines, and as many as 12. (Two km is the consensus view of a safe distance.) There is concern that many of these residents will suffer medical symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, due to low frequency sound and infrasound. In addition, it is estimated that all homeowners in South Marysburgh and some in Athol will experience property value reductions ranging between 20% and 40%, and a much increased time to sell.
29-km transmission line. In order to accommodate WPD, Hydro One will have to build 29 km of high voltage transmission lines running north from the project area to a substation north of Picton. Installation of the 60- to 80-foot poles may require cutting down hundreds of mature trees along the route.
Phase 2 — 45 more turbines? The oroginal White Pines project specified two phases — 30 turbines and then 45 turbines. If WPD is successful with the proposed project, they may continue to phase 2, with the majority of the tubines being installed in the IBA.
Request for experts to attend. Pro-County group APPEC has requested that WPD make experts available at the meeting to deal with residents’ questions: a biologist or ecologist, a medical doctor, an acoustician, a real esate expert and a senior executive of WPD.
Make no mistake: this project is a major threat to the County. If you are concerned about the natural environment or resident families, or both, you need to attend the Thursday meeting. See you there.