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.

Stop the Outrage – Write Minister Glen Murray re EBR 012-9749 re Contaminated Invista Lands

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Stella, February 6, 2017 


After assuring the public repeatedly that all approvals were in place and starting construction of the Amherst Island wind project, Windlectric was advised by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) that the company lacks approval to use the contaminated Invista South Parcel lands designated as Parkland. The parcel of land owned by Invista south of Bath Road in Loyalist Township is now proposed for temporary construction purposes with an adjacent $3 million industrial dock to be used to transport 15,000 trucks carrying heavy equipment, hazardous materials, personnel, fuel, fuel trucks and vast amounts of aggregates and cementitious materials.

As the Parkland designation does not allow construction activities, an amendment to the Certificate of Property Use (CPU) has been filed to allow theAmherst Island wind project to proceed. Invista, as the landowner had to submit the application to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. The Notice published on the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) states “In this particular case, the proposed amendment to CPU Number 6676-9CWHB7-2S is necessary to allow the ERT approved Amherst Island wind project to proceed. Put another way, the project cannot proceed without the proposed amendment to the CPU.”

The Notice states that all comments received prior to March 02, 2017 as part of the public participation process for this proposal (EBR Registry number 012-9749) will be considered by the decision maker.

If the amendment is approved by MOECC, Loyalist Township residents will  lose access to a lakeside park and boat launch and Amherst Island will be one step closer to being blanketed by wind turbines.

Help us stop this outrage. Additional information will be posted on APAI’s website www.protectamherstisland.ca as it become available.

Please send comments with EBR 012-9749 in the subject line to minister.moecc@ontario.ca and james.mahoney@ontario.ca and copy protectai@kos.net