Please help fight off the 37-turbine wind project on Amherst Island
[Here are messages from APPEC and APAI (Association to Protect Amherst Island) asking you to help fight off Windlectric’s proposal for a 36-turbine wind project by submitting comments to the Ministry of the Environment.]
The new year has begun with some disheartening news: Windlectric’s 36-turbine wind project on AmherstIsland has been deemed complete by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and is now posted on the Environmental Registry. As seasoned APPEC members will recall this pushes the wind project forward to the technical review phase, the final phase of the REA approval process.
This posting should send a chill down our collective spines with respect to wpd’s White Pines Wind Project. The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) continues to act with impunity, issuing approvals for wind projects in the worst places imaginable.
Amherst Island residents have been staunch supporters of anti-wind initiatives in the County, submitting EBR comments, attending rallies and most recently providing financial support for APPEC’s appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal. We now have an opportunity to reciprocate by submitting comments on the Windlectric project. Please set aside some time to support our friends and neighbours on AI. You might also ask your friends and relatives to submit comments.
We can expect to be going down the same road at some point in this new year. There can surely be no stronger incentive to submit a comment on the Amherst Island wind project than this.
The message below from APAI (Association to Protect Amherst Island) has information that will be of help in preparing and sending your comment. APAI has prepared a list of key concerns and would appreciate comments on any of these issues.
Message from Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI)
Opposition to wind turbines on Amherst Island has entered the next phase and we need your help. This is a plea to join Jean Iron, Ron Pittaway, Dr. Roberta Bondar, and birders worldwide to oppose wind turbines on the Island and in particular adjacent to Owl Woods, world famous as a birding destination and a favourite for life owls.
The Ontario Ministry of of the Environment has invited public comments by March 8, 2014 on a Renewable Energy Approval application by Windlectric/Algonquin Power to build up to 36 industrial wind turbines on Amherst Island.
The posting is here on the Environmental Registry.
You are asked to send one email to oppose the industrialization of Amherst Island by writing to Susanne Edwards, Ontario Ministry of the Environment with EBR 012-0774 in the subject line by March 8, 2014.
Please tell the Ministry in your words why it is important to preserve Amherst Island. Some key concerns:
- All of Amherst Island is an Important Bird Area of Global Significance on the Atlantic Migratory flyway and is home to 34 species at risk including Blanding’s Turtle. Construction of 35 km of roads will fragment and destroy habitat. The Island is internationally recognized for concentrations of wintering hawks and owls with birders travelling from around the world to visit Owl Woods where it is possible to see as many as 11 species of owls.
- Amherst Island was ranked second in biodiversity significance (Lake Ontario Islands – Northeast), and includes 400 hectares of Provincially Significant Coastal Wetland.
- Amherst Island is one of Nature’s jewels in Lake Ontario — of similar
significance to Point Pelee for migratory birds.
- Too Many Turbines! Too Close Together! Windlectric proposes to blanket the Island with up to 36 turbines. Indeed the entire Island is called the “project area”. Residents and visitors will be unable to escape noise and shadow flicker.
- The entire Island is a cultural heritage district with roads that evolved from carriageways. Roads are not designed to Ontario standards and setbacks are minimal so that transport of heavy equipment will damage structures and cause erosion as well as require road widenings and tree
- The Ontario Government has no integrated process in place to consider the cumulative impact on Amherst Island of the proposed Windlectric Inc. turbine project, the proposed TransCanada Napanee Generating Station relocated from Oakville, the proposed Lafarge 2020 Cement project, and the existing Lennox Generating Station.
- Named one of the Top Ten Endangered Places in Canada by the Heritage Canada Foundation (now known as Heritage Canada The National Trust) due to the threat of wind turbines on its rich cultural and natural heritage, Amherst Island is simply the wrong place for wind turbines.
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