Natural Heritage Assessment Guide for Renewable Energy Projects

Submit your comment here    Deadline:  January 24, 2011

Please be advised that MNR has posted the “Natural Heritage Assessment Guide for Renewable Energy Projects” to the Environmental Registry for a 45 day comment period. The Guide supports the implementation of the Ministry of the Environment’s Renewable Energy Approval (REA) regulation (O.Reg. 359/09) by providing a consistent and standardized approach to assessment and evaluation of natural heritage features for renewable energy projects.
The criteria and procedures identified in the Natural Heritage Assessment Guide will be deemed to be acceptable by the MNR for renewable energy projects being reviewed under the Renewable Energy Approval regulation.
Interested parties should submit their comments through the Environmental Registry (Posting Number  # 011-1845 ).

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  1. Natural Heritage Coments:
    1. The Green Energy act is so flawed that when you study it the worse it gets.
    2. The Implementation process is confusing that most people cannot understand the impications.
    3. Economically there is very little positive gain and production doesn’t pay the costs od Industrial wind. Therefore it has to be subsidized. Also reports from IESO and others say there is too much power approximately every seven days so we either have to dump power, give it away or pay somebody to take it and possibly sell it back to us.
    4. In our area the developer is going through creeks with endangered species to get to a proposed turbine site even though there would need to be 40 feet of fill put into the Creek Valley to level the area and also remove reforestation as well to get access. MNR or Conservation Authorities do not know what is going on.
    5. In our area alone they are proposing 100 2.5 megawatt turbines between and through wildlife areas. A naturalist can say it better than I can

    the writer is “a director with the Huron Fringe Field Naturalists.I live in the Municipality of Central Huron, which includes the shore of Lake Huron from Goderich to Bayfield, and inland to east of Clinton. …There is a proposed project calling for one hundred 2.5 megawatt turbines in the municipality, with more likely to come. (Many citizens have) many concerns, including health risks, wildlife impacts, destruction of prime agricultural land, lower property values, and the high cost and relative inefficiency for the value returned. All things considered, they feel that Central Huron is not an appropriate place for wind farms.
    My reason for writing to you is wildlife impacts. Within the municipality are 3 ANSI’s, 2 Nature Conservancy of Canada reserves, a Provincial Wildlife Area, a Conservation Area, Ontario Nature’s Newton Reserve, a County Forest, several Class 1 & 2 wetlands, and some significant natural areas preserved in Land Trusts. A Provincial Nature Reserve, 2 more Conservation Areas, and another NCC reserve are immediately adjacent to the municipality. Each of these has its own rare species and special features.
    Of special concern is bird mortality caused by the turbines. There are two migratory pathways through the area, as well as a natural corridor for bird movement along the lake shore (and inland foe several kms, depending on the winds). In addition, there is a local bird movement from Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area, a significant waterfowl breeding and staging area, back and forth to the lake. Another local movement occurs between the large mid-Huron landfill site at Holmesville and the lake. And lastly, there have been nesting Bald Eagles in the Maitland River valley since 2006, and an increasing overwintering population (25+), that move throughout the river valley and along the lake and inland. I will forward a map so that you can see the maze of turbines that the birds will be facing.”

    6. As citizens we elected our provincial government to hire employees to protect our resources to the best of their ability however the common answer is we haven’t taken a position and we are getting very little communication from Conservation authorities, MNR that they are doing very much on these matters.

    7. When are we going to get a meaningful resonse to our concerns or is this survey going to be put on the shelf and used to say we asked for community response.

    8. The implications need to be investigated before action is taken that is detrimental to people, wildlife and the environment. Most Ontario residents who may have to live close to turbines have no meaningful. Lip service is not acceptable

    I hope this is not just a waste of time making comments!

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