April 20th, 2017 by

Smith unhappy with pre-construction work on PEC wind farm site

(Photo: Quinte News / File)

The MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings thinks WPD is sending a bad message to the community, by starting to clear land for its proposed 27 turbine wind farm, on the south shore of Prince Edward County.

WPD started pre-construction work on an area, not covered by an Environmental Review Tribunal stay, for the proposed 27 turbine White Pines wind farm.

Todd Smith has sent a letter to the Environment Minister on the issue and tells Quinte News he understands the company’s position, but feels it’s still too early for them to start the work.

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He adds that the messy situation isn’t entirely the fault of WPD.

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The stay was put in place to protect the spring foraging habitat of the endangered Blandings turtle, but WPD says the work is still allowed, until a full construction ban in the area comes into place on May 1, 2017.

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