Developer wpd Wants To Start Work at White Pines — article by Paula Peel

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Heavy Equipment

In responding to APPEC’s motion WPD provided a photograph of the type of heavy machinery that it intends to utilize onsite. 

Less than four days after the Environmental Review Tribunal’s (ERT) decision that the White Pines wind project will cause serious and irreversible harm WPD says that it will start vegetation clearing on the project site anyway.  WPD has told APPEC (the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County), one of the appellants in the ERT for the White Pines wind project, that it will start clearing vegetation for access roads and turbine sites on March 14, 2016.

WPD’s decision to start clearing vegetation demonstrates how little respect it has for due process. Rather than wait for the resumption of the ERT hearing where further evidence will be submitted on its project and for a final order from the Tribunal, WPD is bringing out the bulldozers and chainsaws.  To make matters worse WPD is proceeding just as the endangered Blanding’s turtle emerges from winter hibernation and as migratory birds begin to arrive.

APPEC has responded quickly to WPD’s disgraceful action by submitting a stay motion to the ERT asking for an order to prevent any physical activity at the project site until a date determined by the Tribunal. The Tribunal’s decision is expected on or before Monday March 14.

WPD may call what it wants to do “vegetation-clearing” but a lot more is involved than this.  WPD will be clearing significant wildlife habitat for endangered species such as the Blanding’s turtle and grassland species such as the Whip-poor-will, Eastern Meadowlark and Bobolink.  WPD will also be clearing the project site of Blanding’s turtles which are emerging from their over-wintering sites early this year after a mild fall and winter.  And WPD is perfectly willing to allow all of this habitat destruction for a wind project that has no assurance of ever being built.

–Paula Peel
Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County

 

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