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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Haldimand Wind Concerns