No charges laid in wind farm methanol spill
April 8, 2016
Community group the Manitoulin Coalition for Safe Energy Alternatives (MCSEA) has learned that the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has not laid charges against a wind power developer after a methanol spill was reported on Manitoulin Island in 2014.
Chairman Ray Beaudry told Wind Concerns Ontario today that he followed up with MOECC Spills Investigator Angela Allen and was told that there was not enough proof to lay charges in connection with the spill at the work site for the McLean’s Mountain wind power project.
“I can’t believe it,” Beaudry told Wind Concerns.
“There was plenty of evidence at the site, but the developer claimed it was vandalism, or maybe someone using a snowmobile trail.
“It seems like with what’s happening in Prince Edward County this week [clearing vegetation in endangered Blandings turtle habitat, despite an ongoing appeal] these developers just get a pass on everything,” Beaudry said.
“I’m not sure what the public can do now when they see things damaging the environment like this.”
The original story carried in the Manitoulin Expositor on the toxic chemical spill may be found here.