Cancel Amherst Island wind energy project: Bob Runciman

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Kingston Whig-Standard
OPINION COLUMN

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:03:14 EDT PM

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Amherst Island is an idyllic place: rolling meadows dotted with heritage buildings, narrow carriage roads lined by the largest concentration of historic dry stone walls in Canada. The population of 400 year-round residents expands to 1,000 in the summer, but the island located west of Kingston in Lake Ontario, because it is a 20-minute ferry ride from the mainland, has largely resisted the encroachment of developers.
It is an internationally designated Important Bird Area, lies directly on the migration path of dozens of bird varieties, is home to several endangered species, and is known as the owl capital of North America.
In short, Amherst Island is a special place.
But that could all change if an industrial wind energy project goes ahead. The Ontario government has approved the construction of 27 giant turbines, a transformer station and collector…

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