What the Ostrander Point ERT Site tour didn’t want you to see

Those of us taken on the site tour of “Ostrander Point Wind Energy Park” on March 6th, 2013 were lead “sheeplike” by Gilead’s Vice President Michael Lord on the site tour. Early on in the tour we trudged though hard to walk through snow to look at a 6 foot post in the ground (site for one of the nine turbines). This tired out a few of those on the tour and was presumably meant to give the appearance of the benign nature of Ostrander Point and the turbines that Gilead hopes to erect. We viewed the meteorological station (from a distance) which rises 60 meters (196 feet) according to the Stantec report with a base of about 2 feet thick. Those on the tour were left to imagine the look of the nine (9) GE xl 2.5MW turbines that will be erected on the site and soar about 85 meters to the hub (278 feet) plus a blade radius of another 50 metres (115 feet) which will bring them just shy of 400 feet high at the top of the blade sweep. Those turbines will sit on a cement pad approximately 60 feet in diameter and about 12 feet thick. The balance of the tour included a walk past the last access route to the lake and a return to the most westerly edge of the Crown land possibly to tire a few more on the tour or alternately Mr. Lord was not familiar with the property on which his company was hoping to place the turbines. The tour would have been much more meaningful had Mr. Lord taken us to see the large cleared area where some of the turbines are planned to be placed and which would have provided those involved in the ERT Hearings a much better visual perspective rather then pointing to a 6 foot pole in the middle of a very small clearing.

Proponent’s draft site plan

Having felt cheated out of a proper tour my wife and I were conducted on a private tour by Richard Copple of the Point to Point PEC Foundation.  To gain a perspective on the “Ostrander Point Project Area” refer to the picture labelled Ostrander Overview 3 and to the PDF file titled: Attachment A. Figure 2 prepared for Gilead and included in their Construction Site Plan Fig 2.0.

March 8, 2013 Walk:

Our March 8th walking route and significant observations can be found on the file titled: Ward of South Marysburgh-Skydrive. Please note the “Key” on this file and the circle denoting a “cleared area”. The pictures and the short videos from Ostrander Point start near the site of the met tower and continue down that path towards Lake Ontario. Note the running water along the trail, particularly in the first short video and pictures 7952, 7961, 7964 and 7967. Observation of where the water was running indicated a gravel bottom signifying a small stream like effect; presumably like a seasonal watercourse and no doubt also occurring during rainstorms.

The shoreline pictures (7968-71, 7974, 7979, to 7981 here) at Ostrander Point show the willow trees that stand; reaching heights (estimated) of 40/60 feet. The shoreline is a limestone bed that very gradually deepens and appears to go some distance out. We noted mute swans flying in the distance and Canada geese in the water. The last three videos (here, here and here) provide a brief view of the willow trees standing along a goodly part of the shoreline. Picture 7985 shows the met tower in the distance just to the left of the evergreen tree in the foreground.

We returned to the path (picture 7989 shows the forest growth to the east of the path where one of the turbines are to be located) to the point where an intersecting path (pictures 7995 & 7996) heading in an easterly direction had been created and walked it to a cleared area (see file picture titled “Ostrander Close Up” for an aerial view). Pictures 8003 through 8007 shows the cleared circle and the viewer should note a few trees were left standing. The cleared area originally was covered with trees and bush similar to that found around the circle as can be seen in pictures 8008, 8009, 8018, 8023 and 8033. Picture 8041 with Richard and Parker walking the path gives a perspective on the size of the trees still standing near that path. Pictures 8043 and 8049 show small water courses that were noted in many places on our walk.

Returning to the main path and heading back to the start of our walk picture 8057 provides the viewer with some idea of the many evergreen stands of trees on the property. Pictures 8061 provides a picture of the met tower and picture 8064 shows a segment of the land cleared to erect the tower.

Prepared by Parker Gallant with pictures and videos by Susanne Gallant and Richard Copple.
March 10, 2013

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