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Wind project’s impact on roads concerns residents  

Credit:  By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard | Friday, August 4, 2017 | www.thewhig.com ~~

The group opposed to a wind energy project on Amherst Island continues its opposition at the municipal level.

In a 14-page letter to Loyalist Township councillors, Michele Le Lay, president of the Association to Protect Amherst Island, outlined the group’s concerns about the impact on the island’s roads.

The project’s operations plan is currently before council after a vote to approve the plan was deferred earlier this summer. In response, the company asked for an arbitration hearing, set for the middle of August.

APAI’s concern about the operations plan is in a proposal to reconstruct or widen approximately 20 kilometres of island roads, something the group said was not included in the project’s plan when the provincial government gave the plan conditional approval almost two years ago.

“APAI reiterates that the Association is adamantly opposed to the proposed Amherst Island Wind Turbine Project and nothing in this submission reflects support for Island industrialization,” Le Lay wrote.

South Shore Road resident Martin Hauschild is also taking the township to court at the end of August.

Hauschild said that because the road in front of his house was built on land he owns, neither the township nor the company can build part of the project on that land.

Le Lay included six changes the group would like to see to the plan before council votes on it, changes Le Lay said are needed to protect the island’s residents and the environment.

“APAI encourages Council to heed this cautionary tale and to ensure that every detail of the Operations Plan is nailed tight,” Le Lay wrote. “Settling on the ‘best we could get’ will not protect the public interest and will not enable enforcement and clear accountability for monitoring and timely preventative and remedial action.”

Source:  By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard | Friday, August 4, 2017 | www.thewhig.com

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