EXCLUSIVE: Wind farm owner launches court challenge against Ontario government - 2019-12-20
Forty kilometres to the south of Ottawa, a once-bustling construction site of partially built wind turbines has ground to a halt.
Nation Rise Wind Farm, nestled among dairy farms and fields of corn, was three months away from completion when Ontario Environment Minister Jeff Yurek cancelled it earlier this month, citing concerns over possible risks to local bat populations. The company behind the site, EDP Renewables, must lay off the 200 employees working on Nation Rise just before the holidays, and stands to lose the $230 million in capital it has already sunk into the project.
But EDP Renewables has now launched a court challenge to try to overturn the province's decision, alleging it was fuelled by politics instead of evidence, National Observer has learned. The government's move clashes with earlier testimony given by the province's own experts, according to the application filed in Ontario Superior Court on Dec. 10.