The decision is here. Put briefly, the case will now get bounced back down to the Ontario ERT, where Ostrander Point Wind Energy will have a chance to convince the tribunal that their proposed remedy, a series of fences and gates that will block public access to the roads around the wind-farm, are enough to prevent “irreversible” . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ostrander Point Wind-Farm Case Goes Back To Tribunal
South Shore of Ostrander Point (Image from CountyLive.com)
Seven months after learning a contentious wind project at Ostrander Point had been halted by the Environmental Review Tribunal, an Ontario divisional court overturned that decision Thursday, paving the way for development to begin later this year.
In July 2013, the Tribunal agreed with . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Ontario Court backs Gilead Power at Ostrander Point
Ontario’s Superior Court court has overturned the provincial Environmental Review Tribunal’s decision to kill a proposed wind-farm at Ostrander Point. The court doc can be found here. I’ve written about that earlier decision in a number of places, primarily here.
Below is a quick summary of the superior court’s justification:
I’ll just touch . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ostrander Point ERT Decision Overturned!
Gilead Power Corporation’s Ostrander Point Wind Project was the first one to be rejected on appeal by the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT). This was not due to human health issues, or worries about the effects of nine proposed turbines on migratory birds, though the project is located near an Important Bird Area (IBA). No. . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ostrander Point Update
There are three of them, which you can read about through the link. The one that most concerns me is:
The appeal by MOE could not likely have occurred without approval from the Ontario government of which it is a part, specifically of the Cabinet which includes the Premier. It is unlikely that any Ministry . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Appeals Of The Ostrander Point Windfarm Decision
The Ostander Point Wind Project has been revoked because:
… the roads systems and construction [necessary for the project] would cause serious and irreversible harm to the Blanding’s Turtle and that the proposed mitigation plans were insufficient to protect the endangered species.
The full ruling is below. Its worth a read-through (which I’ve done!). Project . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Saved By The Shell! Ostrander Point Wind Project Cancelled Due To Presence Of Endangered Turtle!!!!
From Today’s London Free Press:
As Conservative Senator Bob Runciman pointed out in a news release, that approval [for a complex at Ostrander Point], like so many others, was granted against local wishes. The project also “threatens migratory birds and bats and it makes no sense from an energy standpoint,” the senator said.
Runciman points . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: More On Birds, Turtles, And Wind Farms