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.

 

WIND INDUSTRY TRUMPS PUBLIC INTEREST

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From this – view from the Little’s house on Second Concession

To This

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 

MOECC fails to enforce its own laws and regulations

The Association to Protect Amherst Island has filed an Appeal to the Minister requesting the Honourable Chris Ballard, Minister of Energy and Climate Change (MOECC) to revoke the Renewable Energy Approval issued in 2015 to Windlectric, a subsidiary of Algonquin Power Utilities.

APAI is asking the Minister to give precedence to the public interest rather than allowing the most expensive and unneeded wind turbine project in Ontarion to proceed on Amherst Island, which is absolutely the wrong place in Ontario to build such an industrial project.

APAI is asking the Minister to use his power under Section 20 of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) to prevent the destruction of Amherst Island. The EPA gives the Minister the authority to decide on Matters Other Than Law, and imposes on him the right and responsibility to address the many risks that could not be considered in the Green Energy Act.

THE PROJECT BEING BUILT IS NOT THE SAME AS THE ONE APPROVED BY MOECC!

The latest configuration of this project, which very recently started construction, is radically different from the one approved by MOECC in 2015. It is also very different in key ways from the one considered by the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) in 2016.

This is a classic “bait and switch” tactic by the developer. APAI is requesting that the Minister direct MOECC to enforce its own laws and regulations by demanding Windlectric to respect commitments made under oath during the ERT to mitigate potential negative impacts on the environment. Failing to do so would be a total disrespect of the Tribunal and an absolute mockery of the process set out in its own regulations.

AMHERST ISLAND WATER QUALITY IS AT RISK AND MOECC IS NOT FOLLOWING ITS OWN EXPERT’S ADVICE !

APAI’s Appeal requests that MOECC follow the initial advice of its own expert hydrologist to implement a comprehensive groundwater monitoring plan. Even though three groundwater studies all show the fragility of groundwater supply on Amherst Island and the high vulnerability to groundwater contamination, the approval branch of MOECC required no studies and did not demand any monitoring by Windletric who have confirmed that no groundwater studies have been conducted nor are any planned.

MOECC COULD TAKE A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO HEALTH RISKS

The Minister is also being asked to take preventative actions to protect human health by uniformly applying of MOECC’s noise regulations. It has become widely known that MOECC has not investigated thousands of noise complaints related to wind turbines throughout rural Ontario. Windlectric has a ‘’grandfathered’’ right to build under Noise regulations deemed deficient by MOECC in 2016. This project does not meet MOECC latest standards adopted in 2016.

If the Amherst Island Wind Project were proposed today the noise regulations implemented in 2016 would require significant changes to the project. The Minister is being asked to address this significant issue to protect the health of the public in the face of a known deficiency before turbine construction proceeds.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY- CANCELLING WILL COST LESS THAN CURTAILING

APAI contends that a change in the Ontario Government’s energy policies could save $500 million by directing the Approval Holder to terminate its FIT contract for the unneeded 75 MW Amherst Island project that is surrounded by several very costly renewable energy facilities that stand idle, including the relocated Oakville Gas Plant which is to be paid over $13 million per month to NOT generate electricity.

Read the Appeal to the Minister here

FOR INFO: protectai@kos.net