Wind projects pose unacceptable threat to birds: Runciman

Ontario Senator calls for moratorium along eastern Lake Ontario
OTTAWA There is an urgent need for a moratorium on wind energy projects along the shores of eastern Lake Ontario until ways can be found to better protect birds and bats, Senator Bob Runciman told a news conference on Parliament Hill this morning. Runciman was joined at the event by Ted Cheskey, Manager of bird conservation programs for Nature Canada, Rosemary Kent, President, and Cheryl Anderson, Vice-President of the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory. Runciman is introducing a motion in the federal Senate this week calling for a moratorium in the area from the east end of Wolfe Island to the western edge of Prince Edward County– a major migratory route for birds and bats.

“Under current Ontario government policy, green energy trumps everything, including threats to bird and bat populations, their habitat and their migration corridors, the Planning Act and the Environmental Protection Act,” Runciman said. “It is a reckless, damn-the-consequences approach that we don’t want to see happen at Ostrander Point andAmherstIsland. It’s time for the government to step back and assess the implications of what they are doing.”

Wind energy projects are planned for both of those locations, although final approval has not yet been granted by the provincial government.

Nature Canada has long argued that industrial wind energy developments should not be located in internationally recognized Important Bird Areas such as Ostrander Point and Amherst Island. Cheskey cited the experience with the Wolfe Island project, which he said is “one of the most destructive for birds and bats in North America.”

“We believe in good things in good places,” said Cheskey. “To achieve wind energy’s greatest promise – a clean, renewable energy source that helps, not harms wildlife – wind turbines should not be located in Important Bird Areas.”

Kent and Anderson talked about the long-term threat to vulnerable species posed by the project planned for Crown land at Ostrander Point, which has been cited by experts as one of the best places for birds in southernOntario.

For more information, please contact:

Barry Raison, Office of Senator Bob Runciman
(613) 943-4020 (office) or (613) 297-2069 (cell)

16 thoughts on “Wind projects pose unacceptable threat to birds: Runciman

  1. This is just another example of so called green movements such as the Sierra Club looking the other way as thousands of birds are killed every year by turbine factories( bird blenders). Meanwhile 250 ducks are killed on a tar sands tailing pond in Alberta and they and the MSM make it out to be a national disgrace. Whats wrong with this picture?

  2. They make justification on wind turbines destroying the birds,but people are put aside in the background with no regards to our health and welfare. Proof they do not give a rats ass about us.It is about birds or money. Were are they from?

  3. Mind Cramp!
    If we multiply the Wolfe Island deaths by the number of wind farms that may go up the province — or, indeed, across North America — the potential cumulative impact is alarming, if projects are not carefully sited.

    On the other hand, when compared to other forms of energy production, even other sources of renewable energy, wind power may be the least of our worries.

    • Some still hold the view that if IWTs/money machines are just properly located everyting will be ok. Its’ only a matter of location.

    • There’s an underlying assumption in your cited opinion piece: that the installation of wind turbines will lessen the impacts from the other sources of electricity. Sadly, this assumption, while intuitive, has not been borne out, and there’s good reasons to think it is in fact not true.

      • “this assumption, while intuitive, has not been borne out, and there’s good reasons to think it is in fact not true.”

        Mr. Gulden, Please send that message to Ontario Nature.

        Mr. Wise,

        I recently reviewed a web page on Ontario Nature website
        I found the information stated more than a little concerning. I found the
        entire premise of the article wrong.
        Please review the following document and please consider changing the
        statements and article contained on the Ontario Nature website.

        Center for Science and Public Policy – Washington, D.C.
        Wind Farms Provide Negligible Useful Electricity

        I can send large numbers of these types of scientific papers. All prove the

        Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.

        David Libby

      • The fact that the birds survived all those other dastardly sources of energy only to die on the blades of an IWT sort of says it all, doesn’t it?

        Or, if the birds are already dead because of the IWTs, we won’t have to worry about them dying from those other dastardly energy sources.

        What a concept!

        Ontario Nature, just what the hell is your point?

    • I too think that (Ontario Nature) article is pseudo-science and it “sorta-cites” papers that are of the same ilk.

      I suspect that everything is built upon models built on dubious assumptions. …and we all know where “climate models” got us.

  4. Wow….are there any feds standing up for the people who are being harmed in current wind projects? Anyone? Anyone at all??

  5. Nope, no one cares about us. As a woman (whose grand-daughter can’t sleep because of Talbot turbine noise pollution) told me a couple of days ago….

    “We aren’t even as important as cows.”

  6. There used to be a time when Greenpeace or the Sierra Club would be writing these pieces…..that was before they sold out and turned to THE DARK SIDE…..

  7. For Jack and those that think the same, if there were health laws of sorts that were in place before all this wind turbine crap came to Canada, you would then have something to bite your teeth into, our fight against wind power in relation to health do not exist presently.

    However there are laws in place within Canada to protect our wildlife and as such are being contravened. The Canadian Government has been in contravention of the Migratory Bird Convention Act and it’s regulations ever since it allowed this type of industry establish itself in Canada. Oddly the lawyers could sink their teeth into the Government of Canada’s blatant disregard for it’s very own wildlife protection laws but they are not. why? If our wildlife protection laws at the Federal level, lawyers will continue to argue this and that for the next 20 years. Stop the turbines because of the birds, we all win except for the industry, which never should have been allowed.

    Review the following, it’s not “Rocket Science” but it is the truth. If everyone opposed to the wind turbines would spend a half hour or so and send a registered letter to their Local Member of Parliament and ask them one simple question, as follows;

    As you are aware or should be aware that under the Migratory Bird Convention Act, that was established nearly one-hundred years ago to protect are over 500 migratory bird species that Canada seasonly hosts, could/would you please explain to me, by where it is, under Federal statues, that the inadvertent destruction, as defined within the statute as “incidental take”, that proponents/developers and provincial governments are exempted from the provisions of the following, Migratory Bird Convent Act and it’s regulations, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Species at Risk Act? Spend the time make your local MP accountable, they are being paid by us to represent us.

    Presently as I see things as far as our legislation goes, plain and simple because this type of activity, by virtue of it’s design alone is the cause for “Incidental Take” which is illegal.

    If you question, if this is true then how is that these wind farms exist? They exist because no one was paying attention, environmental and conservation groups where bought off, in other words the buck stops here, that why they been tight lipped and remember, just because this industry has been allowed exist does not make it legal, no where does it say, that two wrongs make a right.

    Please go to the following Government of Canada web page:

    What is Incidental Take?

    Canada seasonally hosts over 500 species of migratory birds. Environment Canada develops and implements policies and regulations to ensure the protection of migratory birds, their eggs and their nests.

    While the Migratory Birds Regulations, under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, strictly prohibit the harming of migratory birds and the disturbance or destruction of their nests and eggs, many are inadvertently destroyed by activities such as mining, forestry and agriculture, electrical generation and transmission, fishing, management of infrastructure, and urban development. This inadvertent destruction is called “incidental take” and is illegal.

    As the federal department responsible for the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, Environment Canada was proposing to amend the Migratory Birds Regulations under the Act to introduce new policy tools to improve our approach to managing incidental take of migratory birds and conserving migratory bird populations. The department has since decided in favour of an approach supported by best management practices and avoidance guidelines. This is a risk-based approach that will address the highest threats to the conservation of migratory birds.

  8. I clicked before reread, comments re-phrased ” If our wildlife protection laws at the Federal level are not challenged, lawyers will continue to argue the health and other related aspects for the next 20 years, over Ontario’s Green Energy Act. Stop the turbines because of the birds, we all win except for the industry, which never should have been allowed.

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