Ostrander decision reaffirms wind industry meeting environmental protection standards
February 21, 2014
Ottawa, Ontario – February 21, 2014 – In a ruling on February 20th, the Ontario Divisional Court dismissed a recent decision of the province’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) to overturn a Ministry of Environment Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for the proposed Ostrander Point wind project. The Divisional Court cited a number of inconsistences in the ERT decision, chiefly that the ERT failed to give due consideration to REA conditions that had been met by the developer including an ESA (protected species) permit, an environmental management plan that has provisions for Ministry of Natural Resources oversight, and expert scientific evidence that protected species and indigenous plants would not be seriously and irreversibly harmed by the project. The Divisional Court also denied the appeals of project opposition groups, stating the Tribunal had correctly determined that these groups had not presented sufficient evidence of irreversible harm to human and habitat health.
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Canadian Wind Energy Association
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