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.

 

Who are you going to call?

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APAI continues to take all possible legal action to stop the ill-conceived Amherst Island Wind Project. In the meantime, please be an active steward of our community and Lake Ontario. The sunken barge and fuel spill in Picton Bay (and Windlectric’s deafening silence) has heightened our concerns about safety and compliance. If you know of a safety or compliance issue for the proposed Amherst Island Wind Project please contact the following. Only you can accurately report what you witness.

Emergency – Call 9 1 1
State your name, exact location and type of emergency. Remain calm, follow the operator’s instructions, and stay on the line until the operator advises you to hang up. Be prepared to signal first responders as to the location of the emergency if it is safe to do so.

Fuel Spills – Report spills of pollutants (e.g. oil, chemicals with any impact on the environment – air, land, or water – anything that creates a sheen on surface water) to the Spills Action Centre by calling 416-325-3000, 1-800-268-6060 (toll-free),
or 1-855-889-5775 (TTY)

Noise – File noise complaints to the MOECC Fuel Spills Line (makes no sense but that’s the process). For example, noise from the aggregate transfer conveyors was not identified in Windlectric’s REA application. Contact 416-325-3000, 1-800-268-6060 (toll-free), or 1-855-889-5775 (TTY)

Noise – The Township Noise By-law permits construction Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 8 pm. No construction or deliveries are permitted on Sundays. The By-law also prohibits idling of an engine or motor for a continuous period exceeding five minutes while stationary. Some exceptions apply:
.  where the vehicle is in an enclosed structure
.  the original equipment manufacturer recommends a longer idling period
.  continuous operation of the engine or motor is essential to a basic function of the vehicle such as operation of ready-mixed concrete trucks, lift platform or refuse compactors and heat exchange systems
.  weather conditions justify the use of heating or refrigeration systems powered by the motor or engine for the safety and welfare of the operator, passengers, animals, or the preservation of perishable cargo, and the vehicle is stationary for purposes of delivery or loading; or prevailing low temperatures make longer idling periods necessary immediately after starting the motor or engine.
Report infractions of the Township Noise By-law to the Township at 613-386-7351 or after hours 613-541-3202.

Seasonal Reduced Load By-law in effect March 1 until April 30 – report infractions to the Township at 613-386-7351 or after hours 613-541-3202.

REA Conditions  – for example, the cement batching plant may operate from 7 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday and truck traffic is limited to a maximum of eight readymix trucks; a maximum of twenty aggregate/ sand trucks; and a maximum of one cement powder tanker truck per sixty minute period. For concerns about dust and fugitive emissions or failure to cover the stockpiled soil or any aspect of compliance with REA Conditions contact Chris Raffael at MOECC chris.raffael@ontario.ca or 613-548-6928

Protection of Grassland Birds – The permit issued under the Endangered Species Act prohibits construction that could impact the habitat of Bob-o-link, Meadowlark and Whip-poor-will birds between April 1 and August 15. This means that construction as of today can continue in the Island dock area but no other construction south of Front Road should occur. Report any infraction directly to esa.ptbo@ontario.ca or
705-755-2001. Reference permit PT-C-012-13.

Blanding’s Turtles – no construction activities at turbines S03, S09, S11 or S36 or their access roads can occur from May 1 to October 31 during the turtle active season. Construction will only take place between November and March. At all other turbines and access roads, construction will be done between September and March, i.e. only limited overlap with the turtle active season and zero overlap with the nesting season. Contact MOECC Chris Raffael for any compliance issues 613-548-6928 and chris.raffael@ontario.ca

In-water Work – No inwater work for dock-construction is permitted from April 1 to June 30 annually. “Inwater Works” means “any construction related works or activity that takes place below the high water mark during flowing conditions and/or when water is present”. Contact MOECC Chris Raffael for any compliance issues 613-548-6928 and chris.raffael@ontario.ca

Water Quality and Health – Get your water tested now and at least every 4 months or more often if construction or barges are in proximity to your water source! Bottles are available at Loyalist municipal offices.

If you are concerned about the impact of the project on any aspect of your health contact your family doctor and advise KFL&A Public Health at 613-549-1232 or Toll Free
1-800-267-7875

Questions and Complaints to Windlectric

Send your questions, comments and complaints to windlectric@amherstislandwindproject.com about any aspect of the project (safety, noise, odours, parking at mainland or Island dock, traffic, ferry delays, dust, drainage, water quality). If there is an urgent issue contact Algonquin: Jim Stewart (Director, Project Management 905-287-2054 T or 416-523-1887 C or Sean Fairfield Director, Project Planning and Permitting 905-465-4518 T or 905-466-1360 C. Ariel Bautista, Tim Sullivan, and Dan Perrin have minimal authority. Indeed contrary to REA Conditions, Algonquin has declined to provide information about the new ownership of Windlectric so lines of authority are very unclear.

The draft Operations Plan says the company will respond to complaints within 2 business days but to date no responses have been received. Responses to questions are funnelled through the Community Working Group and are not posted for weeks if at all.

APAI is very concerned about traffic safety on Front Road by the dock access road as it is a blind, poorly-located intersection and traffic barrels are located on the road surface. Please be very careful as construction vehicles have been charging across Front Road without stopping. Complaints have been filed with Windlectric about this safety issue but no action has been taken and traffic management protocols are not followed.

Finally, you may wish to develop a family emergency plan as emergencies happen when you least expect them, your family may not be together, and Windlectric’s emergency plan does not address community safety. More information is available here.

Please carry your camera, document what you see, and report all issues with a copy to protectai@kos.net Thank you!