11 Jul

Municipality will continue to honour road users agreement with wpd White Pines Wind

Picton, ON – The County of Prince Edward intends to continue honouring the road users agreement (RUA) it signed with wpd White Pines Wind in 2016.

“While the Government of Ontario has signalled its intent to cancel the industrial wind turbine project in South Marysburgh, it is premature for the municipality to take any action before provincial legislation is passed,” says Robert Quaiff, Mayor, County of Prince Edward. “We anxiously await the provincial legislation in order to better understand what effect it will have on this project.”

The County of Prince Edward learned about the Government of Ontario’s intention to cancel the industrial wind project through a press release issued on July 10. In a statement, Mayor Quaiff commended the provincial government for its intention to cancel the project, noting that County Council declared in 2013 that the municipality was an unwilling host for industrial wind turbines.

The County of Prince Edward entered into an RUA with wpd White Pines Wind in order to protect County roads and infrastructure during the construction. The RUA includes requirements of wpd White Pines Wind in the event that the project is cancelled.

wpd White Pines Wind has requested 13 oversize load move permits for the remainder of this week, with an additional 14 permits requested next week. The municipality will resume issuing the permits once it resolves localized road surface damage that occurred last week.

The first session of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario will open on Thursday, July 12 with the Lieutenant-Governor delivering the Speech from the Throne.

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr, Media and Communications Coordinator, at 613.476.2148 ext. 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca.