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Concerns raised over proposed Quebec wind farm

Posted on July 18, 2017

The Government of Quebec has released a report that studied the issues related to the installation of wind turbines in the protected dune-du-Nord habitat in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine by the Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

The commission determined that, while there is unanimity that the archipelago must free itself from its petroleum dependency, it notes that some participants question the choice of wind for the archipelago, the reasoning for proceeding quickly with this project, and the choice of the site of implantation on the dune of the North. The participants argued for an analysis of different solutions to reduce petroleum dependence. They also believe that the choice of the site should be made according to a rigorous scientific approach, before the issue of a possible authorization of the project in these places. Referencing the character of the archipelago and its ecological and social peculiarities, others suggested that there is no ideal location for a wind farm.

In the event that the project is authorized at the suggested location, the committee believes that there is a strong consensus that the fragility of the dune system requires exceptional measures. To this end, it recommends that the following is required from the Régie and its potential business partner:

  • Additional inventories of Conrad’s wreath at the local and regional levels conducted in conjunction with the competent Madagascan groups;
  • Exceptional measures to avoid and minimize the impact of the project on habitat, protected plant species, and the dune ecosystem;
  • Defining the basis for a rigorous monitoring and follow-up program, and taking into account the results in order to adapt their activities to the environmental realities of the environment;
  • The establishment, with the involvement of the Madelinot groups, of a compensation strategy that is commensurate with the exceptional character of this habitat and, together with the academic community, an ecosystem research program dune; and
  • In order to publicize their project once they have defined it and its environmental impacts and commitments, a public consultation, under the auspices of a credible and independent body.

The minister requested the Public Environmental Hearings Office to hold a public consultation to hear citizens’ concerns about the implementation of this project in the flora habitat of the North Dune. To summarize what was said, the commission was guided by the principles set out in the Sustainable Development Act.

The public consultation report on the issues related to the installation of wind turbines in the protected habitat of the North Dune in Îles-de-la-Madeleine by the Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine -la-Madeleine is now available. You can look at BAPE documentation centers, the counseling center opened in the community as well as on the BAPE website at

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