WPD announces plan to clear vegetation in Prince Edward County, despite successful appeal against wind farm

"Vegetation clearing" and road construction in Algoma in 2015. [Photo: Gord Benner]
“Vegetation clearing” and road construction in Algoma in 2015. [Photo: Gord Benner]
“Fundamentally disrespectful”: Environmental Review Tribunal finds for the appellant in wind farm fight over endangered wildlife: developer decides to clear trees anyway

From the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County, this announcement.

March 6, 2016

wpd has notified APPEC, John Hirsch and the Director of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change of its plans to begin clearing vegetation for its wind project.  In an email early last week wpd stated that: “Further to the Tribunal’s decision dated February 26, 2016, I write to advise that wpd intends to proceed with vegetation clearing of private property on the Project site commencing on March 14, 2016.”

We are appalled by wpd’s chosen course of action.  It is fundamentally disrespectful of the appeal process not to mention an ERT decision that to anyone’s mind would bring the White Pines wind project to a grinding halt.  Instead, just four days after the Tribunal issued its decision to uphold the appeal, wpd is behaving as though the decision does not apply to them. 

Vegetation clearing for turbines and access roads will cause irreparable environmental destruction.  Of particular concern is the impact of heavy machinery that will be brought in on Blanding’s turtle habitat, where most of the wind turbines are located, and on Blanding’s turtles themselves as they emerge from their over-wintering sites early this year after a mild fall and winter.

APPEC’s legal counsel has responded quickly submitting a motion requesting the ERT to issue a stay of all physical activity associated with this Renewable Energy Approval until this matter has been resolved by the Tribunal. 

APPEC, Mr. Hirsch and the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN) note the similarities between wpd’s attempt to start on construction while an appeal is underway and a prior attempt by Gilead Power to do the same at Ostrander Point.  In this instance the Ontario Court of Appeal had no hesitation in granting a stay on construction in order to prevent irreparable harm.  We are confident that wpd’s attempt will meet with the same outcome. 

Given the urgency of this motion we would expect that the Tribunal will issue a decision without delay.


Orville Walsh

President, APPEC



This whole situation feels like a nightmare!

I wish you success!

Just imagine what people who are living through the day to day reality of being exposed to infrasound radiation in their homes and never knowing what is going to happen to their bodies next, as a result, are dealing with. It is traumatizing. Seeing a weather forecast for wind and the atmospheric conditions that cause these episodes has those who are affected feeling dreadful….full of dread!

Gord Schneider

They’re putting these monsters up on private land? Boy, that’s just great for community relations. Money seems to be the new God.

Pat Cusack

You got that right, Gord! Last night on W5 was the story about B.C. Gov’t. (Liberal of course) et al putting in toxic waste dump threatening Shawnigan Lake people 12,000 strong and the stress that is causing. One interviewee commented that he thought governments were supposed to be looking after people not killing them with stress. (Not his words exactly, but implied.) How true is that! Not only in Canada but everywhere! Life for me now is a nightmare.


Another instance of make me stop if you can!

Kathryn Ostrander

I cannot believe this!!!! They should be stopped in their tracks!! This proves what sort of disrespectful, unconscionable, work ethics this group has!!! No means No!!


Another giant game of chicken…Tiananmen Square….I feel like I’m living in a communist country….we have no say, and apparantly no rights…asking for help from the judicial system is a joke.

Tank Man (also Unknown Protester or Unknown Rebel) is the nickname of an unidentified man who stood in front of a column of tanks on June 5, 1989, the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 by force.

The image of Tank Man quickly became a powerful symbol of both the bloody events of 4 June 1989 and of non-violent resistance, but the identity of the ‘unknown rebel’ and his fate remains unknown.


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