To Gilead Power: I won’t be part of the Ostrander Point travesty
[Following is an email to Michael J. Lord of Gilead Power Corporation, regarding their attempt to establish a community liaision committee for the recently approved Ostrander Point wind project, located on Crown Land in Prince Edward County’s South Shore Important Bird Area.]
From: Gary Mooney
Subject: Invitation to join the Ostrander Point CLC
Good morning, Mike. I have received Gilead Power’s invitation to apply to join the Ostrander Point Community Liaison Committee, required as a condition of approval of your wind project by the Ministry of the Environment.
While I meet most of the selection criteria, I won’t be applying. Some reasons:
- With meetings scheduled for only 1 to 2 hours’ duration, at six month intervals, and for only two years, I don’t see this committee as having much opportunity to resolve neighbour and community issues.
- It will be easy / convenient for Gilead to divert people with serious concerns / complaints to the committee, and thereby avoid dealing with them directly and on a timely basis.
- Individual members of the committee will have little chance of ensuring that significant neighbour / community issues are resolved.
- I don’t think that it is appropriate for individual members to be responsible for communicating back to the community; this is Gilead’s responsibility.
But most importantly, I cannot associate myself in any way with a wind project that is located in the middle of an Important Bird Area, on a major bird and bat migration route and that will “kill, harm and harass” species at risk and “damage and destroy” their habitat.