Egan: Judges blow away minister's order, $200-million wind farm restarts

"There was always something suspicious about Ontario Environment Minister Jeff Yurek’s decision in December to stop a $200-million wind farm in the countryside south of Ottawa.

The Nation Rise project had been years in the planning, received its main government approval in 2018 and its 29 giant turbines were rapidly being installed in the rural area outside the villages of Crysler and Finch. Then came the giant blow-back.

Equally unexpected was Yurek’s reason for the last-minute cancellation: potential harm to bats, including some on Ontario’s Species at Risk list — a relatively minor issue only touched on in days of environmental hearings in 2018."

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