More harm/maim/ kill/ destroy habitat of endangered species permits for wind company

blandings_turtleEnvironmental Registry
Ostrander Point GP Inc. has applied for and has been issued an overall benefit permit under clause 17(2)(c) of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 with respect to Blanding’s Turtle, Eastern Whip-poor-will and Eastern Whip-poor-will habitat, for the purpose of the construction and maintenance of Ostrander Point Wind Energy Park in the Township of South Marysburgh.

Whip-poor-will

Both Whip-poor-will (Caprimlugus vociferous) and Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), are listed as threatened on the Species at Risk in Ontario List in Ontario Regulation 230/08 (O. Reg. 230/08) of the ESA. Clause 9 (1)(a) of the ESA provides that no person shall kill, harm, harass, capture or take a living member of a species that is listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario List as extirpated, endangered or threatened.

Whip-poor-will currently has general habitat protection under the ESA. Clause 10(1)(a) of the ESA provides that no person shall damage or destroy the habitat of a species that is listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario list as an endangered or threatened species.

The Minister of Natural Resources may issue a permit to an applicant under clause 17(2)(c) of the ESA that authorizes the person to engage in an activity that would otherwise be prohibited by section 9 or 10 of the ESA if the Minister is of the opinion that the main purpose of the activity authorized by the permit is not to assist in the protection or recovery of the species specified in the permit, but,

  • (i) the Minister is of the opinion that an overall benefit to the species will be achieved within a reasonable time through requirements imposed by conditions of the permit, and,
  • (ii) the Minister is of the opinion that reasonable alternatives have been considered, including alternatives that would not adversely affect the species, and the best alternative has been adopted, and,
  • (iii) the Minister is of the opinion that reasonable steps to minimize adverse effects on individual members of the species are required by conditions of the permit.

An overall benefit to both species would be achieved through the following activities:

  • Proponent to acquire and manage a property outside the project area (that meets appropriate criteria as defined by the Ministry of Natural Resources) for the habitat preservation, rehabilitation and/or improvement of both Blanding’s turtle and Whip-poor-will.
  • Publication of Whip-poor-will survey methodology and the results of pre-construction monitoring
  • Financial support to fund graduate research related to Whip-poor-will for one of the following subjects of interest: variation in nesting success rates with proximity to turbines, variation in fledging dates with proximity to turbines, variation in territory size with proximity to turbines, foraging behaviour differences in response to turbines, and site fidelity. This research would be peer-reviewed and published.
  • Beyond standard species monitoring, a benefit to the species will be achieved through value added monitoring for multiple years on both the newly acquired property, as well as the windpower site, to gather new information and knowledge about Blanding’s Turtles and how they use their habitat. Value added monitoring being considered includes; successful techniques and methods to restore damaged Blanding’s Turtle habitat, movement patterns between life-cycle sub-habitats such as hibernation and nesting. Other value added monitoring efforts are being considered by Gilead and will be agreed upon with the MNR district. Reports summarizing monitoring results will be submitted to MNR annually.

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10 thoughts on “More harm/maim/ kill/ destroy habitat of endangered species permits for wind company

  1. How can one single word of this declaration be believable? The MNR “used to be” a worthy agency but all ministries under Dalton have basically had their regulations dismantled and are nothing more than a front for any wind company that is peddling their SCAM on Ontarians.
    Why would this dysfunctional band of politicians give a damn about measly turtles and birds when they don’t give human beings any respect?

  2. What is still not known is who got the changes in the environmental regulations into the budget bill that that made this possible to do? Only the PCs have questioned this so far. The NDP said nothing about this.
    This issue did not belong in the budget bill in the first place. This was deliberate and willful act to get these changes made.
    Someone at Min.of Environment and/ or the Liberal MPPs know who did this.

    • Actually, BigGreen, the MNR only used to be better than it is now. 40 years ago I was living near Kirkland Lake. A neighbour who worked for MNR told me that pilots weren’t allowed to spray for gypsy moth(?) if there was any wind. But they would be sent up in high humidity when everyone knew the spray would not fall – it attached to the humidity and a breeze hours later would take it elsewhere. The program was BS to start with and this just made it a complete farce.
      I also worked briefly planting trees – another farce – I quit about the third day.
      The MNR did a better job when there wasn’t as much money at stake. They also had some conscientious people who did their jobs. Over the years the politicians have taken more and more control – not just Ontario Liberals but all parties at all levels.
      What it comes down to is the economy trumps the invironment and the people. Money trumps everything.
      It’s been coming for a very long time, and we’ve been complacent and believed the politicians when they said they’d fix things – it was always the other party’s fault. Right.
      So we have to take some responsibility ourselves for letting it go on. But that doesn’t excuse the scum politicians.
      Time for a REAL change.

      • Couldn’t agree with you more. The politicians are supposed to represent us, not dictate and oppress us. The NDP and liberals don’t care what we think, it is their own agenda that takes front row. We can sat what we like. Democracy ends on voting day. Laws need to be changed. We need to be able to sack someone like McGuilty, prorogued or not.

      • I agree.i worked with the MNR many years ago with some local issue and the “staff” were very professional, courteous and well informed………….then along came Harris!……..ripped the guts out of all the MNR offices!…………..he set them up to end up the way they are now…………………run by a bunch of greasy little “bought out” politicos who wouldn’t know an Osprey from a pelican!

  3. ‘[excerpt] Ostrander Point GP Inc.
    has applied for and has been issued an overall benefit permit…….’

    ‘[excerpt]
    (i) the Minister is of the opinion that an overall benefit to the species will be achieved within a reasonable time through requirements imposed by conditions of the permit, and,
    (ii) the Minister is of the opinion that reasonable alternatives have been considered, including alternatives that would not adversely affect the species, and the best alternative has been adopted, and,
    (iii) the Minister is of the opinion that reasonable steps to minimize adverse effects on individual members of the species are required by conditions of the permit.’

    Common Sense – now upgraded – to ‘Opinions’

    • ‘[excerpt]
      (ii) the Minister is of the opinion that reasonable alternatives have been considered, including alternatives that would not adversely affect the species, and the best alternative has been adopted,…….’

      I’m suspicious –
      the minister – may have had – a slip and fall;
      in some cases – should seek immediate medical attention.
      Left untreated could lead to mental health problems.

      My opinion!

  4. “The Minister is of the Opinion” should read as “The approximated guess of the Minister”
    What a bunch of degenerates, all of them should be jolted a few times a day with some “stray voltage”. Hummmmm….. Wasn’t that what they used to do back a few years if folks became unmanageable………… Didn’t work at that time and was found to be cruel but, then again, those folks probably weren’t Politicians.

  5. Could just a single one(Suzuki perhaps?) of the global warming protest movement who forced the the twin disasters of ‘green’ wind and solar energies on gullible politicians, and so on the world, explain how this type of government legislation, encouraging the destruction of wildlife species, is acceptable to them? Do they still claim wind and solar energy will save the planet? And if so what sort of planet are they now seeing as a ‘green energy’ success?
    Andrew Watts

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