Please Comment on NextEra Permit re Bobolink in Haldimand County

ER number 011-5735 Comment Here
NextEra Energy Canada has submitted a proposal in relation to an “overall benefit permit” under clause 17(2)(c) of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) with respect to the Bobolink, a threatened bird species.

Of the 59 wind turbines proposed for NextEra Energy’s Summerhaven wind project in Haldimand County, two turbines and one access road are proposed to be located in 6.99 hectares (17.3 acres) of Bobolink habitat. NextEra’s Supplemental bird survey data showed a count of 196 Bobolink in this project area with 121 of those counted during the breeding season.

Bobolink populations have declined considerably over the past half century. Their feeding area, breeding habitat and nests are on the ground in fields of tall grasses or hay. Proposed construction and operation of two wind turbines and installation of an access road have the potential to adversely affect Bobolink and their habitat. The proposed permit conditions must provide benefits that exceed those adverse effects.

The Environmental Bill of Rights does not require this notice to be placed on the Environmental Registry however the MNR is posting this notice to advise the public of the permit proposal and to invite the public to submit written comments on this proposal to Catherine Jong, Species at Risk Biologist, MNR, Aylmer District. Please submit your comments by March 16, 2012 to: and quote ER number 011-5735 in the subject line. All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. The full permit and more information can be found on the link below.

Thank you.

Haldimand Wind Concerns

9 thoughts on “Please Comment on NextEra Permit re Bobolink in Haldimand County

  1. “Nextera’s supplemental bird survey” …blah, blah, blah. Such a considerate bunch of ..liars. Imagine, pursuing a piece of paper that states that it’s okay to proceed with their crime, calling it an “overall benefit permitt”! Regardless, they will continue with their turbine development. This is just another little part of the game of big wind; deter, confuse – while they stick the knife in.
    Nextera’s next step; present a supplementary survey on human mortality to obtain another “overall benefit permit”‘ so they may get away with causing people to become ill and give up their homes?
    Somebody please issue an overall benefit permit for the rural people to kick McGuinty to the curb?!!

  2. This is what they claim at the EBR web page.
    “The proposal to construct and operate two wind turbines and install one access road as part of the Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre project has the potential to adversely affect Bobolink and their habitat. The proposed permit conditions would provide benefits that exceed the adverse effects on Bobolink.”
    What benefits? What utter nonsense. We produce power with the wind turbines for 13.5 cents/kWh and sell it to Quebec and US states for 2 cents/kWh without the Global Adjustment. The difference comes out of our pockets. They want to authorize destroying a species at risk for power we don’t need. Can this really happen in Canada?

    • Nextera should’ve been more clear on the benefits. Maybe the Bobolink will soon have a high and plentiful open place to roost?

      I should know this, but WHERE IS THE MNR ON THIS!?
      Like I said earlier, the entire political spectrum in the province is rotten to the core.

      There’s a lot of good people embedded within the massive bureaucracy, but until they start speaking out, I rest my case.

  3. Yes Grant, it can, it will and because our big city cousins don’t give a damn it will continue.

  4. I would assume nextera have already under 17(2)(c) of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA)
    has applied for permit 150(H)(k) , to harm, displace or kill human species.
    Mcguinty is truly a criminal and needs to be treated as such.

  5. Studied EBR #011-5735 thoroughly and have already sent in 3 letters of opposition to Nextera’s application to be able to destroy Bob-O-Link and its habitat for the sake of 2 IWTs! Each e-mail covered a different approach to the issue as I scoured the “net” for up to date and appropriate commentary. Indeed wL, I’m sure the “Greenies” are already working on an amendment to the ESA to cover destruction of humans and their habitats for the sake of the GEA! Let’s make it “legal” so that those who didn’t give their rights away by contract to IWT companies can also be “gagged” or worse! After all, “Non-Participants” aren’t really “People” are they??

  6. ‘[excerpt] The proposed permit conditions must provide benefits that exceed those adverse effects.’
    How do you comment on something so ‘perverted’ -?

  7. Its amazing what big corporations and the government will do to push through such massive projects despite the obvious harm they cause. Oh sure, everyone is dazzled by the thought of green, renewable energy but these wind turbines are not the solution the disillusioned urban centers think they are. They’re ugly, they’re noisy, they use as much electricity if not more than they produce, they kill birds, they kill bats, they emit high electromagnetic fields that DO cause health issues in those sensitive to such things not to mention the farmland that is ultimately sacrificed to build these monstrosities. And that’s before we even get into how the company & government run ‘legal’ scams and strong arm tactics to get the leases they need. Like putting a gag order on someone selling their home so they can’t warn potential buyers about the windmill going on the land. Ignorant. This has to stop. We all want green renewable energy but with windmills the cost to the communities forced to endure them – be they human, bird or animal – is way too high. Get your heads out of the sand and look at what is really going on here.

  8. God Lord enough is enough!! Is there not the word NO in the MOE’s vocabulary??? How about just saying NO to a big wind company????!!!!!


    Put them elsewhere! I’m sure they have hundreds of acres at their feet to use.Better yet don’t put any up! Its time to back off, that is why its labled as a specices at risk. Putting up “only 2” giant fans to chop them up will leave no concerns?? REALLY PEOPLE???

    NO MORE EXCUSSES! If it was my own land we would be told what we could and couldnt do! There was an article 2 weeks ago in the local paper, telling farmers not to do hay when they are
    nesting. But it ok for a wind company to come in and write up their own laws and put up something
    that will for certain decimate the whole lot! Gee maybe we can just get it over with and poison all
    the species for the wind farms, to save them all the hassle!

    You all need to write to your conservation authorities fast and Catherine Jong Species at Risk Biologist Ministry of Natural Resources they need to loudly hear you!

    Also write /Senior Program Support Coordinator │Ministry of the Environmentô Environmental Approvals Access and Service Integration Branch

    she looks into and helps authorizes the permits for these wind companies, she needs to hear from you big time!!!! Tell her this wont be acceptable to make up these laws in order
    to get what the wind farms want.


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