Threats from industrial wind turbines to Ontario’s wildlife and biodiversity

Threats from industrial wind turbines to Ontario’s wildlife and biodiversity  by Keith Stelling, MA, MNIMH, Dip. Phyt., MCPP and Scott Petrie, PhD
The dwindling areas of wetland and other specialized ecosystems which provide habitat for threatened and endangered species are especially vulnerable to disturbance and degradation from this form of rural industrialization. Migratory avian species including raptors, waterfowl, waterbirds, passerines and bats are particularly vulnerable to displacement from critical habitats and collision mortality. Government and developers have downplayed the negative environmental footprint of wind turbines.

However, as developments proliferate, post construction monitoring points to unforeseen cumulative effects and many looming environmental concerns. Ontario’s Green Energy Act with its inadequate regulations and guidelines governing the siting of renewable energy installations is urgently in need of revision. Better information on the effects of industrial wind turbines must be obtained through rigorous study and the precautionary principle of the Bergen Agreement adhered to before further construction proceeds and incalculable irreversible damage is done to Ontario’s natural heritage.

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  1. YES I AM VERY FRUSTRATED AS ONE OF THE WIND FARMS IN OUR AREA ARE SIMPLY IGNORING THE SPECIAL AREAS I HAVE AROUND MY LAND. WE HAVE A DUCK UNLIMITED SITE WHICH IS HOST TO SO MANY SONG BIRDS, WATER FOWL, RAPTORS NOT TO MENTION ALL THE OTHERS MAMMALS SUCH AS BEAVERS AND TONS OF BATS. AND YET YOU WILL BE SHOCKED TO KNOW THAT THE COMPANY DID NO SUCH BIRD OR BAT STUDIES ON MY ROAD EVEN NEAR THE SITE. AND YET THEY WILL BE PLACING 4 TURBINES ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THIS SITE.

    THEY HAVE THEIR PASS FROM THE GREEN ENERGY ACT THAT HAS WAYS OF IGNORING WHAT LITTLE AREAS WE HAVE LIKE THIS IN OUR TOWNSHIP. THEY ARE NOT FOLLOWING MOE’S RULES BUT MAKING UP THEIR OWN, NO ONE IS MONITORING THEM, AND THEY SHOULDN’T BE EXCUSED!

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