APAI was not successful in achieving Leave to Appeal.

Windlectric/Algonquin, the company granted approval to blanket Amherst island with 26, fifty storey turbines, has completed dock construction on Amherst Island and commenced dock construction on the mainland. Loyalist Township has not approved the draft Operations Plan required by the Roads Use Agreement.  Windlectric has not entered into a Roads Use Agreement with the County of Lennox and Addington.   The company’s pre-construction study and Operations Plan note that Island roads with the exception of Front Rad do not have the load bearing capacity to support project traffic and equipment.  Island roads will fail!

In its first weeks of work the company caused a major power outage on the Island and a water emergency in Prince Edward County.  Restrictions due to fish spawning and grassland birds were blatantly disregarded.    Not a good beginning!

Call to Action
Please request Premier Wynne (premier@ontario.ca or 416-325-1941) and Minister Murray (minister.moecc@ontario.ca or 416-314-6790) to cancel the project without penalty because of the company’s inability to achieve its Commercial Operations Date and because it’s absolutely the right thing to do.


We are being bullied AND we are resilient, tenacious, and absolutely committed.

 

Loyalist Township Council Resists Bullying By Algonquin Power

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Stella, May 30, 2017

The Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) applauds Loyalist Township Council’s decision to defer approval of Windlectric’s Operations Plan for the Amherst Island wind turbine project. Council resisted pressure from Algonquin Power to approve a Plan that in Windlectric’s own words, anticipates “Structural failure of lsland roads”.

On May 29, 2017, Mr. Jeff Norman, Chief Development Officer for Algonquin Power wrote:

“Due to the differences separating Windlectric and the Township, Windlectric can see no basis on which arbitration can be avoided on some of the issues identified in the Staff Report...

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Paper Scissors Stone Gallery Supports the Great Amherst Island Yard Sale

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 Presents the

2017 Collection of Chive Vases

12485 Front Road

Saturday May 27

Below is a 2017 selection of vases that we believe will appeal to anyone who is opposed to wind turbines on Amherst Island. We are pleased to donate 100% of all sales from these vases to support the environmental and cultural objectives of APAI. Great hostess gifts!

The 2017 Chive / APAI Vase Collection

Atrion Tube Vase – silver ceramic
As far as modern decorative vases come, they truly don’t come as classy, cool and current as the Atrion tube vase that Chive has designed...

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Special Council Meeting re Operations Plan

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Loyalist Council will consider Windlectric’s Operations Plan on Monday May 29 at 5:00 pm (Note correction!)

Of equal importance Council will consider verbal submissions at its meeting on Tuesday May 23 2017 at 7:00 and will consider written submissions no later than Tuesday May 23rd at 4:30 pm.

Please attend both meetings and ensure your voice is heard.

This is a critical opportunity to make the case about the impact on your property. You may wish to comment on the lack of survey information, safety, load bearing capacity of roads, truck traffic, location of collectors, enforceability given Windlectric’s performance to date, compliance, impact on your well and aquifers, and all aspects of the project keeping in mind that Council is limited by the Green Energy Act.

You can view the Operati...

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Who are you going to call?

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APAI continues to take all possible legal action to stop the ill-conceived Amherst Island Wind Project. In the meantime, please be an active steward of our community and Lake Ontario. The sunken barge and fuel spill in Picton Bay (and Windlectric’s deafening silence) has heightened our concerns about safety and compliance. If you know of a safety or compliance issue for the proposed Amherst Island Wind Project please contact the following. Only you can accurately report what you witness.

Emergency – Call 9 1 1
State your name, exact location and type of emergency. Remain calm, follow the operator’s instructions, and stay on the line until the operator advises you to hang up. Be prepared to signal first responders as to the location of the emergency if it is safe to do so.

Fuel Spills – Rep...

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Ministry of the Environment missing in action on Prince Edward County fuel spill

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Parker Gallant Energy Perspectives

Ministry of the Environment missing in action on Prince Edward County fuel spill

Hard to imagine how a wind power contract handed out by the Ontario Power Authority could have a negative impact on Prince Edward County miles away, but it has! The contract was awarded to a shell company (Windlectric Inc.) owned by Algonquin Power. The approval granted Windlectric is to erect 26 industrial wind turbines (IWT) each soaring over 500 feet high with a capacity of 74.3 MW on Amherst Island. When completed they would deliver unneeded surplus power intermittently and unreliably.

Needless to say, residents of Amherst Island have been fighting the IWT invasion...

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PROVINCIAL AUDITOR GENERAL REQUESTED TO COMPLETE A FINANCIAL AUDIT OF THE AMHERST ISLAND WIND PROJECT

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STELLA- March 23, 2017  

Following the Ontario Energy Minister’s statement that there is a robust supply of energy for decades to come, the Association to Protect Amherst Island  (APAI) called on the Provincial Auditor-General, Bonnie Lysyk, to examine why the provincial Liberal Government is not exercising its right to terminate an expired wind turbine contract signed in February 2011 and save the Ontario taxpayers more than $500MM over the next 20 years. Windlectric, a subsidiary of Algonquin Power and Utilities Corporation, continues with plans to build a 75 MW wind project on Amherst Island that would produce unnecessary and expensive electricity costing  $140 per MWh.

Although Premier Wynne admitted that the “green energy” policy is a mistake and that the electr...

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Deny Approval of Parkland for Construction: MOECC

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STELLA, March 2, 2017

The Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) has requested the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to reject INVISTA (Canada)’s Application for an Amendment to a Certificate of Property Use (CPU) to allow construction of the Amherst Island Wind Project mainland dock on contaminated land.

APAI submitted a report to MOECC produced by XCG Consulting Ltd, Environmental Engineers and Scientists detailing the reasons why MOECC should reject the Application to amend a Condition of the Certificate of Property Use that specifies that “the owner or agents refrain from using the property for any other use other than ‘Parkland Use’ ”.

APAI submits that INVISTA’s Application fails to address several key environmental risks, is incomplete, and lacks several...

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Dock location causing friction on Amherst Island

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Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV
CKWS Newswatch February 06, 2017 05:48 pm

This open field on Lake Ontario faces Amherst Island – it’s the perfect spot for bird watchers and dog walkers to come spend time on a nice day.

But that could soon change – and there’s not a whole lot Loyalist Township can do about it.

Ric Bresee: “Loyalist Township needs to be more involved in the approvals and the requirements before such projects go forward. But this is just another example of how the Municipality has absolutely no options.”

The land is actually owned by Invista – which has an industrial park across the Highway.

As of now it’s zoned as parkland, but it’s looking to have the ‘Certificate of Property Use’ changed temporarily in order for Algonquin Power and its subsidiary Windlectric t...

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Stop the Outrage – Write Minister Glen Murray re EBR 012-9749 re Contaminated Invista Lands

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Stella, February 6, 2017 

APPROVAL OF CHANGE OF LAND USE FROM PARKLAND TO INDUSTRIAL BY MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE CRITICAL TO FUTURE OF AMHERST ISLAND WIND PROJECT

After assuring the public repeatedly that all approvals were in place and starting construction of the Amherst Island wind project, Windlectric was advised by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) that the company lacks approval to use the contaminated Invista South Parcel lands designated as Parkland...

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Amherst Island: perfect example of why wind power can be a bad choice

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Parker Gallant Energy Perspectives January 29 2017

Thank you Parker for highlighting the folly of the Amherst Island Wind Project.

Cancel the contract Minister Thibeault 416-327-6758

Ontario’s Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault, at the launch of planning for the next Long-Term Energy Plan, said “We have a robust supply of all forms of energy for at least the next 10 years.” The month prior to the launch he announced the suspension of LRP II slated to acquire another 1,000 MW of renewable energy. His claim at that time was, it would save ratepayers $3.8 billion in electricity costs over the projected term of the contracts.

Cancel the contracts

Why didn’t he go further and cancel contracts that have not broken ground and saved billions more? Amherst Island’s “Windlectric” project, owned ...

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