A wind turbine company has been given a chance to prove their project in Clearview won’t affect the local population, specifically of the little brown bat.
In October, The Environmental Review Tribunal found that the location of the eight proposed turbines near the Collingwood Regional Airport and Clearview Aerodrome would be a risk to human health in addition to the health of the bat population. Now, the company has been given a remedy hearing to present how it would mitigate the project’s potential impact on the bat.
Simcoe.com reports that Eric Gillespie, the counsel for appellant John Wiggins, argues that there’s still a problem of human health that isn’t being challenged: “In our view, the issue of mootness has not been canvassed … it has not been resolved […] In our respectful view, the starting point is there are a number of issues that would even need to be resolved before we start looking at schedules and witnesses.”
The wind turbine company, WPD Canada, plans to call two witnesses to address how it would mitigate the project’s impact on bats. An oral hearing for the case will be held in late February.