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South Shore Conservancy proud of role in wind turbine case

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Endangered Blanding's TurtleApril 21 2015 Picton ON/ The Board of the Prince Edward County South Shore Conservancy thanks their members for their support during the Ostrander Point Appeal. The Conservancy was granted intervener status last year during the stay motion which stopped the project from proceeding before all legal avenues were tested.

The Conservancy which was established in 2001 has always stood for protecting this rare, pristine undeveloped stretch of shoreline on Lake Ontario free from industrial development including wind turbine facilities. The biodiversity, endangered species populations and world recognized Important Bird Area make the south shore the wrong place for industrial scale wind turbine installations.

Our fight to protect the Blanding’s turtle has been at the forefront of the debate since 2010 when Gilead Power announced it planned to build 5.4 kilometres of new roads to accommodate the construction and operation of their proposed project.

The Conservancy wishes to thank our lawyer Mr. Chris Paliare who made outstanding arguments on our behalf. “Mr Paliare grasped the significance of our concerns and brought an outstanding energy and legal skill to the court,” said Sandra Goranson, Chair of the Conservancy.

The Conservancy continues to inform the Ministries of Environment and Natural Resources of the continued risk to the south shore from another wind project consisting of 29 more wind turbines which will most definitely create serious and irreversible harm to the Blanding’s turtle.

We also congratulate the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists for their unwavering dedication during the Environmental Review tribunal which has brought us all here to this point.

Blanding’s Turtles Win the Day and are in the Media

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The South Shore Conservancy congratulates the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN) for their win on Blanding’s Turtles. The Appeal Court agrees with PECFN that a wind project at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County will harm the Blanding’s Turtles, an endangered species, at the site. The South Shore Conservancy, represented by Chris Paliare, intervened at the hearing on behalf of the field naturalists.

A Financial Post article on this important decision says: “The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a proposed nine-turbine wind farm in Prince Edward County would cause “serious and irreversible harm” to the Blanding’s Turtle.

Click to read the whole Financial Post article “Ontario Court of appeal says endangered turtles trump wind farms

Click to read the Globe and Mail article that that says “Ontario wind farm halted by endangered turtles crossing the road” .

Slow & Steady wins in Turtle vs. Wind Turbines

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Blanding's Turtle winsPrecedent – Ontario Court of Appeal – Turtles vs. Wind Turbines

Toronto – April 20, 2015

The Ontario Court of Appeal has reversed a lower court ruling regarding a Renewal Energy Approval of the 9 turbine Ostrander Point industrial wind project. The decision reinstates the key initial finding of the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) that serious and irreversible harm to threatened Blanding’s Turtles will occur if the project operates as approved. “We’re very pleased. The court has ruled in favour of protecting the environment, which is what we’ve asked for throughout“ said Myrna Wood of the successful appellant Prince Edward County Field Naturalists. “The decision is undoubtedly important” said Eric Gillespie, its legal counsel. “This is the first renewable energy case to reach the Court of Appeal. The Court has supported our client’s fundamental concerns and affirmed a number of legal principles that clearly will be relevant to other appeals.” The question of remedy has been directed back to the ERT.

For further information contact Myrna Wood 613-476-1506 myrna@kos.com or Eric Gillespie 416-436-7473 (voice/text) egillespie@gillespielaw.ca

 

SSC & CCSAGE Comments on wpd’s Species at Risk Report

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Golden EagleIn May 2014 South Shore Conservancy and CCSAGE submitted comments on the wpd reports for the White Pines wind project.  We are posting these comments on our website to show the lack of concern to the most vulnerable of the species that use the Prince Edward County south shore unique habitat.

These species at risk include Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, the Little Brown Bat, the Northern Long Eared Bats, Loggerhead Shrike, Cerulean warblers, Night hawks, Blanding’s Turtles and many others.  Four leafed milkweed which is particularly rare and is only found in Prince Edward County, Ogden’s pond weed, Pale bellied frost lichen, black tern, swamp rose mallow, eastern ribbon snake, milksnake, northern map turtle, snapping turtle are in the project study area.

The Prince Edward County south shore is a precious and vulnerable area that needs conservation and protection.

Please click here to view the comments sent to the Ministry of the Environment.