Trillium wants to build a rather large wind energy project just west of Main Duck island. In February 2011 Ontario placed a moratorium on offshore projects in the Great Lakes, citing scientific uncertainty about their effects on the marine environment. Although Trillium had no contract with anyone, there had probably been some verbal understandings upon which Trillium depended. In any event they sued Ontario for $2.25B – yes, that’s a “B” – for lost profits and so on. Here’s the timeline. Continue reading TheTrillium Lawsuit Timeline
The Kingston Field Naturalists have been concerned for quite some time about the planned proliferation of wind turbines around the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Below is a picture of what they are talking about, from ontario-wind-turbines.org.
Under their auspices, two naturalists studied the bird traffic that flies through the above area every year. No surprise, lots of birds – huge likely slaughter. The Kingston Whig-Standard has an article on their findings.
Below is a click-to-enlarge composite of the 4 wind energy projects that are at least far enough along to have definite numbers and placements of turbines. The 4 projects are Wolfe Island, Amherst Island, White Pines and Ostrander Point. All of these are Important Bird Areas. And Ontario isn’t done. There are plans for additional projects in the remaining gaps. Look and weep.
Trillium Power has proposed a project for the “windward” side of Main Duck Island, which is located in the eastern basin of Lake Ontario, in Ontario waters. Parks Canada administers the island itself and would likely not take kindly to industrializing it. But Ontario administers the lake bed and has been encouraging wind energy development.
In February 2011 Ontario announced a moratorium on projects in any of the Great Lakes. This put a temporary end (everybody expects the moratorium to be lifted once the election is past) to several projects, including Trillium’s. Even though Trillium has no contract with anyone they still sued, claiming loss of “property rights”. How this will end is anybody’s guess. My guess is that the moratorium will be lifted within a few months, after some face-saving “scientific study” declares that putting turbines in the Lakes does not represent any environmental issues.