STELLA – The group fighting a wind energy project on Amherst Island is appealing to Canada’s new transport minister to support their cause.
In a letter earlier this month, Peter Large, president of the the Association to Protect Amherst Island, asked new Minister of Transport Marc Garneau to block the construction of docks needed to move equipment, vehicles and materials from the mainland to the island.
The project’s proponent, Windlectic Inc., requires a permit to build the docks under the Navigation Protection Act.
Large also pointed out concerns about shipping created by the project and the additional “risks of navigating across Lake Ontario, carrying hazardous material, interfering with the regular ferry operation.”
It is under the Navigation Protection Act that Large is asking Garneau to block the docks.
“If the construction of these docks were to be allowed, it would create a ‘port’ on Loyalist Township Parkway and also on the island, a permanent industrial port,” Large wrote. “There is no evidence that other options were considered, for example using the existing dock facilities nearby at the Lafarge Plant that will be providing the cement for the proposed construction of the wind turbines.”
In his letter, Large wrote about how Garneau “often visited the island” and he quoted a letter Garneau sent to the chair of the township’s heritage committee in March 2012 in which he wrote that, “All efforts should be made to preserve these fences and to protect Amherst lsland cultural heritage landscape for all Canadians, present and future.”
In late August, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change gave the company conditional approval to build up to 26 turbines.
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