October 27, 2015
Ostrander Point ERT in Ameliasburgh
for immediate release
There was full house of PECFN supporters today at Ameliasburgh Town Hall. The ERT in the Ostrander
Point appeal re-convened to continue addressing the issue of remedy to the serious and irreversible
harm to the Blanding’s Turtle by the Gilead IWT project at Ostrander Point. On September 4 the ERT
issued an order to the MNRF to release all the documents relating to the Ostrander Point project. Now
that all documents have been released and time has been given for analysis the hearing is continuing.
Ministry of the environment and Climate Change approval for the Ostrander Point project was issued on
December 20, 2012. Over the past almost 3 years, we have worked through the ERT appeal, the
resulting Divisional Court counter appeal and the subsequent hearing at the Appeal Court of Ontario
which resulted in the order to return the matter to the ERT to hear the issue of remedy. PECFN has
stood fast with the help and support of many donors and friends throughout Prince Edward County and
We started the day with the continuation of the cross examination of Ministry witness Joe Crowley. Mr.
Crowley is a species expert with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. His expertise is in
amphibians and reptiles specifically Blanding’s Turtles. Eric Gillespie took Mr. Crowley through his
released documents through which we were able to see exactly what his role had been in the issuance
of the permit to “kill harm and harass” species at risk at Ostrander Point.
After lunch at 2:30 pm Ms. Karen Bellamy took the stand. Ms. Bellamy is a manager with the
Peterborough office of Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The afternoon was spent in
arguments about whether she would be qualified as an expert witness on Blanding’s Turtles or on a
witness of fact only. Much time was spent on the documents disclosed as a result of the Tribunal’s
order and also on the documents disclosed as a result of Freedom of Information requests made by
South Shore Conservancy and PECFN. Finally, at 5:45 pm the Tribunal ruled that Ms. Bellamy would be
qualified as a witness of fact but not as an expert witness on Blanding’s Turtle.
The hearing resumes tomorrow at 9:30 am at Ameliasburgh Town Hall.