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May 1, 2018

Motion withdrawn to stay construction at White Pines industrial wind turbine project

A community action group has withdrawn its motion to seek a stop to construction at the White Pines industrial wind turbine project in South Marysburgh.

The Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County (APPEC) appeared before theOntario Divisional Court in Toronto Friday, seeking to stop construction during the active movement period for the Blanding’s turtle – generally considered to be from April through October.

The Renewable Energy Approval (REA) allows White Pines Wind Inc. to build the project and restricts activities that may be undertaken during the Blanding’s turtle’s active period determined by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to be from May 1 to October 14 of each year.

The REA states there is to be no maintenance or construction unless faced with an unavoidable situation. Restrictions on maintenance and construction was meant to limit traffic on the access roads which could result in increased mortality for Blanding’s turtles.

Orville Walsh, APPEC president, said documents recently filed by White Pines Wind Inc. with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), in support of White Pines’ application to build a transmission line from South Marysburgh to Picton, had indicated continuing construction of the project at the wind turbines sites during the prohibited period.

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