STATEMENT ON THE OSTRANDER ERT DECISION

(QUEEN’S PARK) – This morning’s decision by the Environmental Review Tribunal to revoke the Renewable Energy Approval granted to Ostrander Point project is a victory for Prince Edward County. The Tribunal, in its fifty page decision went to great lengths to demonstrate that the level of harm caused by the project is so great that the only reasonable course of action is revoking the Renewable Energy Approval for the project. 

In paragraph 138 of its decision the tribunal stated: “…to proceed with the Project, when it will cause serious and irreversible harm to animal life, a species at risk and its habitat is not consistent with the general and renewable energy approval purpose of the EPA, protection and conservation of the natural environment, nor does it serve the public interest of section 47.5 [of the Environmental Protection Act].”

 

Therefore, the tribunal has found that even the laudable goal of promoting clean and renewable energy does not trump the public interest in protecting the environment in this case.

 

This has been the argument put forth by a countless number of groups, including those generally supportive of wind power, throughout this process. Ultimately, this was not and is not about the viability of wind power, this is about protecting the ecosystem of the South Shore of Prince Edward County. On that score, science and biodiversity won the day.

 

The South Shore of Prince Edward County is the wrong ecosystem for this kind of industrial development. While we don’t yet know what this will mean for other projects on the County’s South Shore, it’s impossible to escape the conclusion reached by the tribunal that the massive reconstruction of roads necessary for projects like this to proceed is not in the long term interest of the environment.

 

The County is best served by being naturally green. Today’s decision from the tribunal only reaffirms that belief. It is my hope that the Liberal government will listen to the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal they set up and protect the County’s natural ecosystems.

 

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  • commented 2016-06-06 17:35:48 -0400
    Here is a “time line” showing the history of Wind Turbine Noise problems, going back as far as 1979. Each entry provides documentation:
    http://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline/latest/embed/index.html?source=0Ak2bgr7C0nhPdGR3S1lEekU3T3p4ZDhUNDdRV2Y2ZkE&font=Bevan-PotanoSans&maptype=toner&lang=en&height=650

    1979 “First complaints received from a dozen families within a 3km radius of turbine”.
    1981 “Wind turbine operation creates enormous sound pressure waves”
    1982 “Closed windows and doors do not protect occupants from LFN
    1982 “NASA research on human impacts provided to wind industry”
    1985 “Hypothesis for infrasound-induced motion sickness”
    1987 “Wind industry told that dB(A) unsuitable to measure LFN emissions from wind turbines”

    2004 “Wind industry knows noise models inadequate” (from Vestas)

    2011 “Vestas knew that low frequency noise from larger turbines needed greater setbacks”
  • commented 2016-06-06 16:53:38 -0400
    Wind and Solar are not reducing C02. Ontario’s own Engineering Society is telling us this. See the report, “Ontario’s Electricity Dilemma – Achieving Low Emissions at Reasonable Electricity Rates.” Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), April 2015. https://www.wind-watch.org/docviewer.php?doc=OSPE-PEO-2015_Ontario-Electricity-Dilemma.pdf
    Page 15 of 23. “Why Will Emissions Double as We Add Wind and Solar Plants ?”

    – Wind and Solar require flexible backup generation.

    – Nuclear is too inflexible to backup renewables without expensive engineering changes to the reactors.

    – Flexible electric storage is too expensive at the moment.

    – Consequently natural gas provides the backup for wind and solar in North America.

    – When you add wind and solar you are actually forced to reduce nuclear genera,on to make room for more natural gas generation to provide flexible backup.

    – Ontario currently produces electricity at less than 40 grams of CO2 emissions/kWh.

    – Wind and solar with natural gas backup produces electricity at about 200 grams of CO 2 emissions/kWh. Therefore adding wind and solar to Ontario’s grid drives CO2 emissions higher. From 2016 to 2032 as Ontario phases out nuclear capacity to make room for wind and solar, CO2 emissions will double (2013 LTEP data).

    – In Ontario, with limited economic hydro and expensive storage, it is mathematically impossible to achieve low CO2 emissions at reasonable electricity prices without nuclear generation.