They went in with an outside shot, but no one would have put money on a group of residents putting a stop to a wind turbine development.
While WPD Canada has been granted a remedy hearing to present how the company plans to mitigate its eight-turbine Fairview Wind project from affecting the local population of the little brown bat, opponents to the project still hope the Environmental Review Tribunal will revoke the project’s renewable energy application.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change approved the REA for Fairview Wind last March, a decision that was immediately challenged by John Wiggins, Kevin and Gayle Elwood, and the residents’ group Preserve Clearview. They were joined by Collingwood, Clearview Township, and the County of Simcoe, which were concerned about the project’s proximity to the Collingwood Regional Airport.
In October, the ERT ruled Fairview Wind would cause harm to both human health and the environment.
The company asked for the remedy hearing to address the bat issue, while counsel for the opposition told the ERT it’s a moot point given the ERT’s decision regarding human health.
A remedy hearing has been scheduled for late February.