The Association to Protect Amherst Island, whose appeal of a huge, invasive wind power project planned for the tiny island was recently dismissed, is asking the federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Catherine McKenna to conduct an environmental assessment of the impact of the power project.
The Environmental Review Tribunal in its decision to dismiss the appeal accepted much of the Appellant’s evidence on endangered species on the island, but in the end determined that the population of Blandings turtle in particular would not be affected by the power development.
The citizens’ group is pondering its next move, which could involve an appeal at Divisional Court.
In its request to the federal environment minister, APAI refers to a recent announcement by the American Bird Conservancy which recommends that wind power projects, because of their role in bird and bat mortality, not be located near the Great Lakes. In Ontario, many power projects are located or planned for along Great Lakes shores. A recent report by Bird Studies Canada showed that bird and bat mortality rates are far higher than predicted by the power developers; Ontario is responsible for 77% of the bat deaths in Canada, due to wind power projects.