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Court favours wind turbines over Blanding’s turtle

An Ontario court has ruled that an environmental tribunal erred when it rejected a proposed wind farm that threatens the habitat of Blanding’s turtles

John Spears — Toronto Star — February 20, 2014

Blanding’s turtle is in trouble again: An Ontario court has cleared the way for a wind farm that an environmental tribunal says will threaten the turtle’s habitat.

The modest reptile had stood in the way of a wind farm at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County.

But a divisional court panel ruled Thursday that the environmental tribunal made six errors of law in reaching its conclusion that the wind farm would cause “serious and irreversible harm” to the turtle.

The court restored the decision by provincial officials, allowing Gilead Power to proceed with the project, which would erect nine big wind turbines on the site.

It was a bitter blow to local nature and conservation groups. They had argued the wind farm – and the increased traffic associated with it – would harm not just the turtles, but also birds, bats and the rare “alvar” ecosystem at Ostrander Point.

The court sided with Gilead.

“That’s very disappointing,” was all Cheryl Anderson of the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists Club could say on hearing the news.

The court found many reasons to dispute the findings on the environmental tribunal.

The judges said the tribunal had made its ruling despite a “complete absence of evidence” of the population of turtles, either in the Ostrander Point area, or in the province as a whole.  Continue reading here…..

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One Comment on “Court favours wind turbines over Blanding’s turtle”

  1. Alfred Alexander February 20, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Anyone who hates IWTs can’t be all bad. <("?…

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