Ostrander Point (Gilead)
The Ostrander Point 9-turbine wind project is proposed for the south shore of Prince Edward County, within an Important Bird Area and and on a major migration flyway. Ostrander Point is considered by many naturalist organizations to be the worst location in Ontario for a wind project.
The project was originally developed by Gilead Power Corporation. In 2011, the Pension Plan of OPSEU, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, bought into the project.
This project was approved by the Ministry of the Environment, but was appealed to an Environmental Review Tribunal by PECFN, Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, and APPEC, the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County. The Tribunal disapproved the project, agreeing with PECFN that it would result in serious and irreversible harm to Blanding’s Turtle.
The developer and MOE appealed to the Divisional Court, which reversed the decision of the ERT and restored the project to approved status.
PECFN applied to the Court of Appeal for leave to appeal this decision, which was granted. The Appeal will be heard in the fall of 2014.
In the meantime, there is a stay in place on construction on the site.