Citizens square off vs Ontario government in court over wind power and turtles: who is protecting the environment?

TORONTO, Jan. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - The appeal of a decision to halt a wind power plant In Prince Edward County begins January 21 in Toronto. The Ontario government is appealing its own decision, based on serious and irreversible harm to the endangered Blanding's turtle. The turtles are being defended by community groups including the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN).

"Taxpayer money is being used in Ontario to assist in an assault on wildlife and a fragile environment by a power developer," says Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns Ontario, a Participant in the original proceeding. "Taxpayers are now fighting back to protect the environment and wildlife against whom? The Ministry of the Environment! This situation is an example of the Ontario government's support of corporate wind power developers, despite evidence of harm to the environment, and human health."

The appeal is being heard at Osgoode Hall, January 21-24.

SOURCE: Wind Concerns Ontario

For further information:

Jane Wilson WCO 613-489-3591/613-725-7120

Cheryl Anderson PECFN 613-849-7743

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