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PEC wind turbine news — weekly updates

Ostrander Point — Catch up on expert testimony on the natural environment

In the Ostrander Point ERT Appeal phase 1 — plant life, animal life and the natural environment — PECFN’s expert witnesses (the first 4 of 8) have been truly impressive.

If you haven’t been able to keep up on a daily basis, her are links to the reports published by CCSAGE at plus information about the next ERT sessions.

Testimony of expert witnesses

1. Dr. Paul Catling on alvars: . Note: an alvar is an area of thin or no soil over a limestone base.

Cross-examination: .

More cross-examination: .

2. Dr. Robert Barclay on bats: .

3. Ms. Kari Gunson on access roads and Blanding’s turtles: .

4. Scottish expert Martin Scott on birds and wind energy projects: .

Next ERT sessions

Please attend one or more of the ERT sessions in Demorestville at the Sophiasburgh Town Hall:

  • Wednesday, April 3, 10:00 am — Dr. Fred Beaudry on Blanding’s turtle.
  • Thursday, 9:00 am — Ted Cheskey, Nature Canada.
  • Friday, 9:00 am — Bill Evans, Cornell University.

We’re desperate for donations

If you are able, please consider donating to the legal fund of one or both Appellants:
• PECFN — for the natural environment phase: see .
• APPEC — for the human health phase: see .

Catch up on recent wind turbine developments

OK, you’ve been having fun in the sun and aren’t fully up to date on the wind turbine issue in the County.  No problem!  Here are links to the articles published on the CCSAGE site over the past month (most recent first).  Just click on the links that interest you.

  1. Rural residents find consultation on wind projects a sham.  A good article by Prof. Michael Trebilock published in the Financial Post.
  2. South Marysburgh families are suing wpd Canada and participating landowners.  Info on this lawsuit regarding anticipated losses in property values.
  3. Become an expert on the wind turbine issue in 8 minutes flat.  A short video summarizing most of the issues relating to wind energy development.
  4. Councillor Proctor’s letter on the GEA and wind turbines in South Marysburgh.  Letter to the Ministers of Energy and the Environment following the plebiscite.
  5. Ontario’s chief MOH is ordered to testify in court.  An Ontario family’s lawsuit to prove adverse health effects before a wind project is built.
  6. Dr. McMurtry’s concerns about Health Canada’s study.  Suggestions for improving the federal study into wind turbines and health.
  7. Statement by MPP Todd Smith on South Marysburgh plebiscite results.  Challenge to the Premier to deny approval of the two South Marysburgh wind projects.
  8. Results of South Marysburgh plebiscite on wind turbines.  A very strong rejection by South Marysburgh residents of wind turbine projects in their ward.
  9. South County families will be living in a WhiteTurbines wind factory.  Details on the proximity of South County homes to Gilead and wpd wind turbines.

Weekly PEC wind turbine news — Mon, Dec 5, 2011

News about: Senator Runciman’s motion passed unanimously in the Senate .. Gilead’s Ostrander Point project moved forward by MOE .. MPP Smith’s Private Members Bill voted down in the Legislature.

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Weekly PEC wind turbine news — Mon, Nov 28, 2011

News about: Gilead Power .. WPD Canada .. local MPP Todd Smith’s initiative .. Senator Bob Runciman’s efforts .. Miller Family Nature Reserve.

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Weekly PEC wind turbine news — Mon, Nov 14, 2011

LAST WEEK (For a glossary of acronyms used, see

The Miller Family Nature Reserve.  The Hastings – Prince Edward Land Trust has purchased 466 acres in South Marysburgh which will be maintained in perpetuity as a nature reserve, with no wind turbines or commercial activity allowed on the property.

The property is located in the South Shore’s Important Bird Area between the western part of WPD Canada’s proposed White Pines project and Gilead Power’s proposed Ostrander Point project.

You can read more about it at and view a map at


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Weekly PEC wind turbine news — Mon, Nov 7, 2011

Sorry to have missed last week’s update.  Following is an update of developments in recent weeks including updates on the Royal Road project .. Gilead in northern Ontario .. WPD White Pines .. Ontario’s call for input on the FIT program.

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Weekly PEC wind turbine news — Mon, Oct 24, 2011

Last week was pretty quiet.  Topic covered in this post: Study projects cost of green energy in Ontario to be 40% higher than government estimates.

LAST WEEK  (For a glossary of acronyms used, see

Study by Fox and Gallant.  Here is a news report about a new peer-reviewed study done by U. of Guelph professor Glenn Fox and National Post energy columnist Parker Gallant:  The study is available (for a fee) in the Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society at:


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Weekly PEC wind turbine news — Mon, Oct 17, 2011

Some topics covered in this post .. Gilead / Ostrander Point project delay .. Property value appeal on Wolfe Island .. County endorses National Park on South Shore .. CanWEA concedes indirect health effects. Read the rest of this entry