There are only a few days left until the May 31st deadline by which the Ontario Government could announce a decision to reject Gilead Corporation’s bid to construct a 9-turbine wind energy factory on Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County.
This Crown land, managed by Ministry of Natural Resources, is in a Globally Significant Important Bird Area as well as important habitat for the threatened Blandings Turtle. Is the government delaying its decision until passage of Bill 55 that is now before the legislature?
Bill 55 contains, in its Section 19, an amendment to the Endangered Species Act whereby it is currently illegal for developers to “kill, harm and harass” the endangered species that inhabit Ostrander Point.
If no decision is announced by May 31st, and Bill 55 passes, Gilead may be free to begin construction of the roads and Industrial Wind Turbines in this, Ontario’s highest bird migration corridor…reputedly travelled by more migrating birds than Point Pelee!
This project is fraught with blatant conflicts of interest on the part of MNR whose behaviour in this project’s approval process already clashes with its mandate and custodial responsibilities. It now appears that our Endangered Species Legislation must also be amended to enable “Green Energy” developers to legally wreak their carnage on the very creatures that MNR was created to protect.
Jim McPherson, Milford
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