APAI was not successful in achieving Leave to Appeal.

Windlectric/Algonquin, the company granted approval to blanket Amherst island with 26, fifty storey turbines, has completed dock construction on Amherst Island and commenced dock construction on the mainland. Loyalist Township has not approved the draft Operations Plan required by the Roads Use Agreement.  Windlectric has not entered into a Roads Use Agreement with the County of Lennox and Addington.   The company’s pre-construction study and Operations Plan note that Island roads with the exception of Front Rad do not have the load bearing capacity to support project traffic and equipment.  Island roads will fail!

In its first weeks of work the company caused a major power outage on the Island and a water emergency in Prince Edward County.  Restrictions due to fish spawning and grassland birds were blatantly disregarded.    Not a good beginning!

Call to Action
Please request Premier Wynne (premier@ontario.ca or 416-325-1941) and Minister Murray (minister.moecc@ontario.ca or 416-314-6790) to cancel the project without penalty because of the company’s inability to achieve its Commercial Operations Date and because it’s absolutely the right thing to do.


We are being bullied AND we are resilient, tenacious, and absolutely committed.

 

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To: Kathleen Pitt, Species at Risk Biologist Ministry of Natural Resources
Cc: Premier Wynne; Hon. David Oriazetti, Minister of Natural Resources; David O’Toole, Deputy Minister; APAI
Re: EBR Registry Number: 011-9446

I oppose the issue of an "overall benefit permit" by the Ministry of Natural Resources to Windlectric Inc. on Amherst Island posted on the EBR under registry number 011-9446.

Amherst Island, an Important Bird Area, is noted for its rich biodiversity that includes habitat for 34 species at risk and 3 provincially significant wetlands. Windlectric should not be given permission to disrupt, fragment, and destroy critical habitat on Amherst Island for the Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark and Whip-poor-will. The hypothetical ‘overall benefits’ and "proposed minimization" are clearly insufficient to prevent construction from having serious and irreversible harm to the 3 species. The proponent has provided no scientific evidence that mitigation works.

The proposed approaches to minimize adverse effects on the species involve the purposeful destruction of habitat.

The proposed "overall benefits" will not strengthen the populations of affected species on Amherst Island either, but simply help to quantify the degree of serious and irreversible harm Windlectric will create in constructing their industrial wind facility. Allowing Windlectric to secure some property elsewhere to ‘create’ or ‘enhance’ habitat for the 3 species is an ineffective solution to a problem that will only exist if the Ministry issues this permit.

Astoundingly, the permit application omits many other species at risk well documented to use Island habitat. These species at risk include the Blanding's Turtle.

I understand that this application excludes migratory birds and bats as the Ministry believes they these species at risk will be only be impacted during the operational phase of the project. I dispute this position as the Endangered Species Act defines habitat to include "an area on which the species depends, directly or indirectly, to carry on its life processes, including life processes such as reproduction, rearing, hibernation, migration or feeding". Migratory birds and bats feed on Amherst Island and will be negatively impacted by the noise, dust and general disruption of construction activities that will blanket the Island just as the Bobolink, Whip-poor-Will and Eastern Meadowlark life processes will be disrupted. Documented evidence of the use of the Island habitat to either feed and/or use the island as a first landfall in the Spring or final gathering point in the Fall exists for: the Red Knot, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, and Least Bittern which must be addressed via the permitting process immediately.

The proposed construction restrictions from April 1 to August 15 mean that the work would be done during spring and fall migrations and during the peak period for wintering owls, hawks, and eagles. Construction at this time will create significant risk and irreversible harm to migratory and wintering birds on the Atlantic flyway. Half load restrictions on the Island's narrow roads beginning March 1 preclude heavy equipment movement in the early spring so that massive construction activities in a compressed timeframe will harm migratory and wintering birds. Amherst Island, the Owl Capital of North America, is simply not the right place for wind turbine construction at any time.

I and many other Ontarians and birders worldwide are deeply concerned by your consideration of this permit.

Please do the right thing and reject this permit to destroy much-needed habitat for threatened species.

Ontarians are watching.

Sincerely,

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