North Stormont wind farm appeal fails; construction to proceed

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

FINCH – An Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal has struck down a group’s attempt to stop a massive wind power project in North Stormont.

In its 143 page decision Friday, the tribunal ruled the group, Concerned Citizens of North Stormont, had failed to prove the turbines cause adverse effects on people, animals, plants and the environment.

The decision comes after a lengthy hearing last summer.

The 100 megawatt Nation Rise Wind Farm will span 12,000 acres in North Stormont and will consist of 28 to 50 turbines, generally in an area west of Crysler, Berwick and Finch. The green energy project was originally approved in March 2016 by the Independent Electricity System Operator.

The wind farm developer, EDP Renewables, plan to continue with their original plan to start construction this year with the wind turbines producing power by December.

The opponents still have a 30 day window to request a review of the decision.