The Dark Secret of the Wind Industry

[Note:   After the release of this disturbing video, wind developers are simply dismissing it at meetings, saying the vulture was “shot” down by the cameramen.    You be the judge.]

Raptors such as vultures, eagles and hawks are the most vulnerable bird to turbine accidents.   The big birds typically soar at about the same height as the turbine blades – roughly 300 to 400 feet.  In one year, the entire population of White Tailed Eagles was wiped out at Smola, Norway.  In Ontario, it has been reported coyotes are numerous around turbine facilities.   Why?  To swoop in and pick up  the dead and injured. 

Canadian Wildlife Service developed a database to monitor kills.   The data is top secret and not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (as requested by CanWEA).   Developers are not required to report their own data.  So, of course, it sits virtually empty.   

Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) has, at the urging of CanWEA has ensured that monitoring information will not be shared with the public.

CanWEA: “Accordingly, we would like to request that the Canadian Wildlife Services speak to government experts in the area of Access to Information requests to determine what, if any, of the information currently envisioned to be part of the database could be protected from such requests.” 

Canadian Wildlife Services Response: “Provisions will be made to ensure that proprietary interests are protected for all data submitted. While it is desirable to provide some results for the public, this will be at a very general level, to protect the concerns of individual proponents. Any released data will not be linked to particular projects and will not provide sensitive information without the consent of the proponent”

Now Canadian Wildlife Services wants to change the  Migratory Birds Act so that “incidental” kills by industry don’t count and cannot be prosecuted.  Source:  Development of a New Regulatory Approach to the Management of Incidental Take of Migratory Birds

Why is this being sequestered from the public and scientific community? Why does the protection of the wind industry’s interests override the protection of wildlife and the environment? Based on this policy, the community cannot rely on proponent, CWS or EAAB assurances regarding impacts on bird populations

16 thoughts on “The Dark Secret of the Wind Industry

  1. This is outrageous! It sickens me! I trusted our Minister of the Environment to protect wildlife! How can this be allowed to happen in Ontario? I grew up knowing it was against the law to even pick a Trillium. Now our government embraces the mass slaughter of our birds of prey! SHAME SHAME SHAME on McGuinty and his regime. Please Please someone get on a podium and stop this atrocity.

    Where are all the environmentalists??? Why are they silent?? Shame on them too!

  2. The mainstream media will NOT pick up nor print anything that gives a negative viewpoint concerning wind turbines or the new green industry.

    Could this be, that like the BBC’s pension fund, who is invested heavily in the wind turbine industry, don’t want the negative press circulating? Who wants to see their stock portfolio melt down through bad publicity??? FOLLOW THE MONEY.

    Slowly though, we are beginning to see some press reports ie: The Financial Post but you will not find it in The Star. Perhaps the Star is more financially tied in than those at the FP

  3. I have sent lots out and most gets published – the biggest being the DND leak. I find that when you let the media read the source but refuse to let them take it away they are more inclined to dig deeper and print it. Most media love scandal and have a duty to print the truth – at least they do in the UK, in fact it is the motto of the BBC. But they need to see solid evidence of corruption, something tangiable otherwise they can get in trouble by Gov spin doctors.

    As for the BBC comment I am British and believe me the press love having a go at the Gov and the stupid 2020 statement. Many times I haved read on BBC on line anti WT stuff and the gutter press is full of it. On top of that my relatives keep me updated on all the anti wind stuff in the UK.

  4. All the dead birds should be ceremoniously plunked on McGuinty’s desk with full media attention! Let’s do it folks. Put the deceased birds on ice and when we have a full pick up truck of them let’s make a delivery to Queen’s Park! Who can help me do that ?

    mmburkett@gmail.com

  5. First of all….mainstream Media has been bought and paid for by the very interests that are killing or covering up the killing of these endangered species!

    Make no mistake about it!………there is no more Freedom of the Press. There is no more True Reporting.

    I am going on a 4 hour wildness tour next month where there are 12 Bald Eagles Nests which are located within sight of the biggest proposed Wind Farm in Eastern Ontario and I will document these Eagles and photograph these Eagles and will publicly offer up the proof they exist. I will have GPS coordinates (keeping those confidential from CANWEA and Government because they could “remove the evidence” so to speak).

    THEN we will see how willing the Municipality involved in promoting these wind turbines will be when pictures of what will be KILLED by them are held up in a Public Forum!

    Time to get active folks!

  6. “Most media love scandal and have a duty to print the truth – at least they do in the UK, in fact it is the motto of the BBC.”

    Oh boy. You’re kidding, right?

    You cannot count on ANY mainstream media to seriously touch this, or any other matter where massive corporate and political interests are at stake. If this was reported on properly, then we’d long ago have learned from the cries of Europe and would not be here in the first place.

  7. “Be your own leader in spreading awareness in [y]our community!”

    That’s a quote from the WeGRAIT website. As Quixote said, it’s time to get active.

  8. It might be like that in the UK, but it certainly isn’t here.

    At any other time in history, under any different circumstances, the environmentalists would be screaming. You’re talking about their blessed, sacred symbol of hope — industrial wind turbines.

    I challenge you, house-on-the-hill, to take this to the media and see how far you get. Like I’ve said, I’ve tried again and again for 4 years now.

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  10. This is not just limited to birds but terrestrial animals as well. Loss of habitat is a major contributor to loss of species. Loss of habitat with transmission lines and industrial wind developments is massive. In Northern Ontario as well as any areas where transmission lines are planned to connect the sprawling clusters of industrial wind turbine developments. These transmission lines and massive industrial wind developments are proposed to go through the last remaining habitat of the southernmost area of woodland caribou in Ontario. Woodland caribou cannot exist in areas with transmission lines and industrial wind turbine complexes as woodland caribou need large areas of undisturbed older forest. Mortalities are not just out of the sky but will occur as we cover the land with noise, concrete, steel, fibreglass and power surges into the ground. More species, including humans will be excluded from their territory if industrial wind is developed further. Industrialization of wildspaces and exclusion of wildlife and humans. Is this the type of Ontario we should be proud of?

  11. Response to Quixote

    I agree, time to get active. Are you in Eastern Ontario? I am as well, and might be interested in participating.

  12. The thumbs “up”, thumbs “down” is a bit confusing, Maybe I’m a bit thick but does the “up” mean that I agree with you or does the “down” mean “yes, this is awful” Maybe you should clarify this for people like me.

  13. Sandra,

    A thumbs up means you agree with the author of the comment. A thumbs down means you disagree with the comment.

  14. How come that a 3 million dollar fine was imposed on a company in Alberta for the death and suffering of several hundred birds that landed on a lethal pond in the Tar Sands?
    Is it only because of the world wide attention on the Oil industry in Alberta?
    Is the wildlife in the rest of Canada no as important?

  15. Better tracking methods exist to get real counts, but are more expensive to implement. It is these costs that IWTs companies resist and say they don’t have the money to spend. “Why not?” First the answers are already known and not studies they want done properly. As well it does cost money. It is not much in the scheme of a development but one need to ask what is the profit margin of industrial wind developments if they cannot afford to do proper studies? Makes it clear why there are several companies involved and why so many companies seem to appear from nowhere and others disappear. Maybe new companies are needed to keep the cash flow in the black.

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