O.F.A.H. Applauds Scrapping of Offshore Wind Projects

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Feb. 14, 2011) – The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) is pleased that the Government of Ontario has announced it will not proceed with planned offshore wind projects until more research is done. The O.F.A.H. has long called for more research to be conducted prior to moving ahead with any offshore wind turbine development.

“The announcement by the Government of Ontario that they will not move ahead with offshore wind projects is good news for the environment, and exactly what we have been calling for,” said Terry Quinney, O.F.A.H. Provincial Manager, Fish and Wildlife Services. “We do not see offshore wind power as the right way to go at this time. We have been urging the government to take the time and do the research needed to demonstrate that offshore wind turbines are the best alternative to coal. Clearly, they have listened.”

A major O.F.A.H. concern is the potential impact on fish and wildlife, including migratory waterfowl such as ducks and geese, and fish, such as salmon, pickerel and perch, as well as the impact on related outdoor activities in parts of the Great Lakes. The O.F.A.H. believes more research is needed to assess the individual and cumulative impacts of offshore turbines to a wide range of species, including some that have been identified as species-at-risk. Questions remain about the placement of offshore wind turbines close to important waterbird staging, migratory and wintering habitats. The O.F.A.H. and other groups are concerned about potential waterbird mortality from collision with the blades, disrupted migratory movements and displacement from traditional foraging areas.

“The government has done the right thing by placing a moratorium on offshore wind projects, until it can be demonstrated that ecologically, economically and socially, it is good for Ontario,” Quinney added. “For about ten years, we’ve been asking questions about the impacts on our healthy fish and wildlife populations. Now perhaps we’ll get some answers.”

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the province’s largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

14 thoughts on “O.F.A.H. Applauds Scrapping of Offshore Wind Projects

  1. “Clearly, they have listened.”

    Really.

    Maybe you could speak to them about the impact on the land animals. Including on people. They don’t seem to be listening to the rest of us.

  2. “We have been urging the government to take the time and do the research needed to demonstrate that offshore wind turbines are the best alternative to coal.”

    What about the ONSHORE variety!

    I don’t mean to belittle birds, fish and bats by any means, but what about HUMANS!

    “Alternative to coal”? Wind turbines are only an alternative to anything that is sensible!

    It matters not where they are put, how many are put there and how much it costs.

    Even if they were FREE they would still be nothing more then mendacious monstrosities!

    R.R.

  3. The key issue is that wind power is intermittent, insignificant (in meeting peak demand), ‘unstorable’, backed up by natural gas fired turbines (70-75% of the time), and destructive to ‘wild Canada’. It’s non- sense!

  4. Welll the OFAH was opposed (I think?) I tracked down every note of opposition that I could find — like the following from their 20009 annual report…

    It’s so strident that it’s painful to read. Not for the faint of heart…

    New hydro-electric and wind turbine developments are being fast-tracked as a result of Ontario’s new Green Energy and Green Economy Act. These include turbine proposals for the big waters of the Great Lakes. In our presentation to the government on the new Act before it became law, we emphasized:
    i. fishing and hunting related activities are examples of longstanding,
    successful, sustainable green economies;
    ii. new energy development should not negatively affect fish and
    wildlife related values;
    iii. existing laws such as the Ontario Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act and the federal Fisheries Act must be enforced to protect our fish and wildlife resources.

    We also supported multi-agency efforts to assist the recovery of American eels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

    Kinda brings a tear to the eye….

    and

    “As we look at “Green Energy” ini-tiatives that include more dams on more flowing rivers we may again be trading sturgeon walleye and trout habitat for more carp and vegetative wetland monocultures. The same holds for refurbishing obsolete dams and millponds in our Zone and possibly offshore wind farms.”

    Hard Hitting stuff.

    😉

  5. Oh well everyone likes to think they are being heard!

    At least they did not say renewable energy is an important green excuse for rape of the lands and waters, their objection to them was unqualified by provincially significant or other euphemism for particular place to care about…

  6. You have not won anything except an acknowledgement that the industrialization of Ontario with hideous gigantic wind turbines has become somewhat of a political hot potato. This government is not going to research or study anything except whether or not they may still be able to pull off an election victory in October. They hope that this announcement will deflate enough opposition for them to still win Toronto where most people outside of those living near the lake could give a rip about industrial turbines defacing the rural heartland. The acknowledgement has some importance but it is insufficient and we need to continue to let them know it in no uncertain terms. McGuinty is absolutely the most untrustworthy politician we have ever had. You cannot believe a word that comes out of his mouth.

  7. C & GT
    You have hit the nail squarely on the head.
    The only thing driving any of this is an assessment of how may votes they think they will or will not obtain.
    We cannot give up at this point. I am so thankful that there are so many people dedicated to the defeat of wind turbines wherever they may be situated, on land or off shore.

  8. Agreed…..McGuinty is just trying to cover his @$$ until he gets voted back in…………….if you can believe the number of foul comments about this guy in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star he will be lucky he isn’t tared and feathered let alone voted back in………..McGuinty is DELUSIONAL!!!!

  9. C&GT: You are abso- bleedin-lutely correct!

    As is Quixote!

    R.R.

  10. It would appear that The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) is trying to impress it’s 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the truth is that they are not telling the true story, because they do not want to bite the hand that feeds them.

    All flying wildlife in Ontario is to be protected, this is not being conveyed in the this article. Until such time as this group and other such groups start to profess the fact that wind turbines have an infinite adverse effect on flying wildlife and habitat from commencement to decommissioning at each site location, then this group and other such groups by not saying anything are enablers in the promotion of wind power and they are partners in the Ministry of Natural Resources Pretend Biodiversity campaign.

    One can not say something on one hand, while at the very same time say the exact opposite with the other. I am sure if the funding these groups dried up their communications with respect to wind industry would be totally different.

  11. Well spoken, Mr. Alias.
    Some of the above mentioned groups, most notably Ontario Nature, have filled the pages of their magazines with advertisments from Big Wind proponents. Canadian Geographic went to the Dark Side with their June, 2009 issue … you really should check that one out.

    I will state, however, that all of these organizations, over the years, have made some great contributions to preserving Ontario’s green spaces. Hopefully, they will eventually see the light on this matter.

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