The Battle has been Won

ostrander point shoreOstrander Point, Prince Edward County, Ontario

Media Release

PECFN breathes out

July 6, 2016

For immediate Release

On June 6, 2016 we reported that “The Tribunal in the Ostrander Point ERT hearing has found that “the remedies proposed by Ostrander [Gilead] and the Director are not appropriate in the unique circumstances of this case.  The Tribunal finds that the appropriate remedy under s.145.2.1 (4) is to revoke the Director’s decision to issue the REA [Renewable energy Approval]”. (underlining mine)”

Following that decision both the Director (Minister of Environment and Climate Change) and Gilead Power had the right to to appeal to the Divisional Court based on legal errors in the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal. The proponent had thirty days to submit their appeal and today was the deadline.  As of 5 pm today no notice has come of that request to appeal.

In early 2012 Myrna Wood, Pamela Stagg and I started a blog on Countylive to try to let people know how important the habitat at Ostrander Point Crown Land Block was to migrating birds, bats, and butterflies.  We also spent time writing about reptiles and amphibians at risk and the important imperilled alvar habitat.  At the same time Nature Canada, Ontario Nature and PECFN were writing comments to the Environmental Bill of Rights about the proposed project which the government claimed was public input under the Green Energy Act.  All organizations pointed out the importance of this site to migrating birds, bats, monarchs and species at risk such as the Whip-poor-will and the Blanding’s Turtle.  In spite of all this input the Ministry of the Environment approved a project on December 20, 2012 to install 9 turbines and their associated roads and ancillary equipment at Ostrander Point Crown Land Block.  Given 15 days to appeal, PECFN moved forward, solid in the knowledge that Ostrander Point was the wrong place for wind turbines.

This action has been described as a David versus Goliath battle.  PECFN, a rural organization of about 60 members was up against the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and a large oil company-owned business.  It is particularly wonderful to finally realize that the battle is over and that “David” has prevailed.  Myrna Wood comments “This was a long and hard battle, but totally worth it – important habitat has been conserved and we are very happy.”

For information:

Myrna Wood

613-476-1506

myrna@kos.net

Cheryl Anderson

613-849-7743

cherylanderson23@sympatico.ca

3 thoughts on “The Battle has been Won”

  1. Aw Gee; The little creatures will be saved from the blight and danger of Wind Turbines. But in West Lincoln and other Rural Areas of the Niagara Region are still being taught the lesson by the Liberal Party of Canada-Ontario-Quebec Governments.

    Try as the Citizens of West-Lincoln could after Premier Wynne promised any community that did not want the Turbines could Say No!

    But as mentioned above the West Lincoln Voters actually voted for a Progressive Conservative M.P.P—-The meaness of the Liberal Crony Crowd just could not accept this. There are more Unwanted Wind Turbines in West Lincoln than anywhere else in Ontario. Certainly many more than any Liberal Party M.P.P. Represented Riding.

    In Fact; less than 20 Kilometers, from the plethora of turbines and the ones still being Put-up to their very High Appearance on the World Heritage Niagara escarpment. is the riding of Ontario’s Tourism Minister in the Proven Corrupt McGuinty/Wynne Government Cabinet.

    Just maybe one Day or some Day he will have his Government Provided Limousine take a drive up on the Niagara Escarpment to see the mess His Government’s Decisions have made.

    Probably not; He did not even support having a GO Commuter Service come into the Niagara Region making thousands of Niagara Residents burn all of that Gasoline travelling to work. It does appear However political pressure has finally recognized the Benefit to Niagara Falls Tourism of having regular train service would bring. Just it is about A Decade Late.

    D’yall think a Minister Of the McGWynnie Ontario Government, especially a Tourism Minister will continue to be driven Back to St.Catharines by Limousine?

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