Divisional Court dismissed APAI's appeal of the Environmental Review Tribunal decision on Tuesday January 31, 2017. Counsel for APAI has submitted Leave to Appeal.


Windlectric/Algonquin, the company granted approval to blanket Amherst island with 26, fifty storey turbines, has commenced dock construction on Amherst Island. The Company has not submitted a Marine Safety and Logistics Plan required by MOECC nor has it submitted an Operations Plan acceptable to Loyalist Township. No acceptable Emergency Response and Communications Plan is in place. No Roads Use Agreement with the County of Lennox and Addington has been approved.


In its first weeks of work the company blatantly disregarded commitments to only use the Island ferry for dock construction, to not disrupt the ferry schedule, to give notice of traffic disruptions and to consult with Amherst Island Public School staff and parents concerning road safety by the school. Not a good beginning!


Construction also ignores a Road Use Agreement between the Township and Windlectric signed in October 2015. The Agreement stipulates that “Windlectric will host a Town Hall meeting to obtain feedback from the public and address concerns to minimize the level of disruption, disturbance and inconvenience to the Municipality’s residents.”


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.


Premier Wynne Hears Concerns

Premier Kathleen Wynne met with Laurie Kilpatrick, representing the Association to Protect Amherst, to hear the deep concerns about turbines on Amherst Island. August 2013.

Amherst Island residents are fighting relentlessly to protect the Island from industrial-scale wind turbines.The decision to approve or reject the Windlectric/Algonquin Power application will be made on the Premier’s watch.  The Premier needs to be well-informed and aware of the consequences of approving this project.

The Premier knows that the the Renewable Energy Approval application process is deeply flawed but has only made commitments to change the process “going forward”.  Premier Wynne assured Laurie that decisions would be made on science and fact-based evidence.  The Premier asked about the status of the project.

Laurie explained that for generations, Islanders have been responsible stewards and have acted to preserve the Islands natural and cultural heritage and that the Island location presents insurmountable challenges for industrial development.

Premier Wynne & Laurie Kilpatrick

 

MNR Posts Application to Destroy and Fragment Habitat of Species  at Risk

The Ministry of Natural Resources posted a request for an “overall benefit permit by Windlectric Inc. on July 10, 2013 for public comment for 30 days to August 9, 2013.

View the application here

MNR Posts Application for Public Lands Act Permits

The Ministry of Natural Resources posted a request for permits and authorizations under The Public Lands Act concerning docks, submarine cable and related infrastructure on July 17, 2013 for public comment for 30 days to August 16, 2013.

View the posting here: http://bit.ly/15V6GAq