Samsung applies for permit to kill meadowlarks and bobolinks

EBR Registry Number: 011-5781 
Deadline for comments:  April 16, 2012
An exemption for Samsung to allow killing of meadowlarks and bobolinks
(Translation of doublespeak gobblygook: “overall benefit permit”)

40 thoughts on “Samsung applies for permit to kill meadowlarks and bobolinks

  1. Oh come on this , crap has to stop , it’s time this information got into the national media and on the television news ., I am just disgusted with mcgunity samsung and all the rest of those turbine fools .I sure hope to hell the government won’t issue this, These compaines must be held to account for this. For every dead animal the maximum fine must be imposed . This makes me ill

    • Continue to go around the GTA MSM for news and information on renewable energy issues. Post what you find online. They don’t control the news around the world anymore.

    • This makes me want to cry! A permit to kill!!!!! We have a responsibility to protect these species and the government has a mandate to do so. This is an outrage and not only should it go national, it should be sent out across the world – this is not the Canada I’m proud of, it’s not the Canada I want!

  2. Oldman, it’s samsung they can do what ever their black hearts want, the liberals and ndp won’t stop them.

    • Samsung has guaranteed contracts as part of their deal. So what permits they need they will get.

      • Samsung was guaranteed FIT contracts so when Samsung partners with other IWT developers do the guaranteed contracts then apply to the partners as well?
        Same with solar projects?

    • Bobolinks are rare and really cool birds, they sound like a tape recorder running backwards… Conservatives don’t want to leave space for anything?? I’m actually voting Republican this type, I don’t care who is running against Obama.. He’s the worst environmental president of my 51 year lifetime.. I am keeping tally of what states and what companies are abusing this..

  3. There are about a dozen such postings on the EBR for various projects around the province.
    Is anyone aware if any of the past postings were NOT awarded the permission to maim or kill? I haven’t heard of any, but stand to be corrected.

  4. The desire for development and growth is part of moving forward in this world, however the ability to be humane is a necessity for the sustainability of our World. When a company fails to seek alternatives to killing endangered species, my faith in their ability to ethically bring about new products is demished. If they place NO value on the birds that stand in their way of progress… How safe are their employees? What value are they given if they don’t produce outcomes regardless of barriers? Samsung has lost my trust and business due to their failure to seek creative ways to co-exist in this world. May they re-think their application to Kill… And seek ways to support our World peacefully.

    • I no longer buy Samsung products and haven’t for two years now. I encourage others to do the same.

  5. I have been following your wind turbine issues via a friend up there (Im down here in Missouri!). I follow the issues because we havent even gotten to the point of thinking about turbines, but they are all the rage with environmentalist-types as an alternativeenergy. So hearing the complaints about them has been an eye opener.

    I had hoped they were not so very destructive to man and nature with everything from the flickering and sound to avian fatalities. But … seems they are.

      • And early opposition to any proposed Industrial wind turbines in your State is important.

    A recent study from Spain estimates bird mortality to be 6-18 million birds and bats annually from their 18,000 installed wind turbines with an installed capacity of 20,676 MW. This works out to a staggering total of 333-1000 birds and bats per turbine or 290-871 mortalities per MW for wind energy in Spain. In America, on the AWEA web site the reported bird death rate from wind turbines is 2.9 fatalities per MW. Read more:

  7. I will NEVER buy another Samsung product as long as my a$$ points to the ground !!Something’s got to be done about this dictatorship we have in this province, and it better be done soon !!

  8. More short sighted actions to further the corporate bottom line.

    Environmentaly friendly options do not equal killing.

  9. The birds are listed as endangered and threatened. There is no reason I have found that Samsung cannot locate this facility at another place, other than their greed.

  10. Note to Samsung: humans found a way to put a man on the moon. YOU can find a way not to kill birds. Spend a little of your profit on proactive R&D. But nice of you to ask before you go ahead, half-baked, and kill them anyway.

  11. The permit should not be granted and a maximum fine imposed for every dead bird.Liberlas/ Ndippers need to go the way of the Dodo

  12. A Solar project of 425,000 panels and a nameplate capacity of 100MW that will have an average
    pathetic output of 10-12 MW when it is new – I wonder how many acres of Bobolink and Meadowlark nesting grounds this will ruin – how stupid and incompetent can this government get.

  13. You would think David Suzuki would be speaking out about protecting our endangered species. lol

  14. This is so wrong…these birds are suppose to be protected… don’t wind turbines kill even birds without purposely killing more… this is just sick. and if this permit is granted, which it probably will be because it is big business and money talks… who cares about the enviroment if they can make millions of dollars…. but if granted the government should hang it’s head in shame. What is the sense of having these laws in place if they are continually going to break them. I don’t understand making laws and having them in place only to break them a the whim of big business… disgusting.

    I also agree that these company should be held accountable and a heavy fine for any animals/birds that they destory…. yes it makes me sick too.

  15. Hi All,

    Long time follower, first time poster. For the most part, I generally agree with the comments/articles posted on this site; however, I think this particular post is misleading and misinformed. The permit is not “to kill bobolink and meadowlark,” but, rather, is a permit to disturb their habitat. Bobolink and Meadowlark primarily establish habitats in fallow and hay fields and any activity in these field require a permit, including ploughing. Thus, farmers are required to apply and acquire this same permit when they want to plough or plant in these fields.

    If someone wants to spin this permit as “a permit to kill,” he/she should include farmers in this accusation (which I don’t believe is the intent).


    • you don’t get it RRR,
      yes, the Bobolink and Meadowlark establish themselves in fallow and hay fields but they
      don’t walk across the fields to get there.
      This post describes whatwill happen when they -fly- to their habitat, – they are killed –

      • wL: The title of this post is, “Samsung applies for permit to kill meadowlarks and bobolinks.”

        If this post is about birds flying into turbines, then the title is misleading, which was my only point.

        I don’t mean to get into an argument; just my two cents towards ensuring that everyone reading this website gets the correct messages.

      • If you are talking about Wind then yes they have to fly, but what about solar, when the farms are nothing but acres of solar panels then where will these indangered birds go?

    • The light reflecting off from solar panel arrays can blind pilots so why not birds? The migratory birds issue is a TREATY matter and not so easy for wind developers to get around. So new ways have to be found to get around the treaty and its kill/take provisions and still leave the developers looking good in the public’s eyes. This has to be done in both countries.

  16. Displacing any species out of its preferred habitat is a threat to its continued existence. Fragmenting any ecosystem has the same effect (eg turbine impact zones, access roads,transmission lines)
    Unlike delaying the second cut of haying until after nesting and fledging of the chicks has occurred for bobolinks- you can’t mitigate the impact and presence of these massive industrial infrastructures.
    The bobolinks, meadow larks, bald eagles and other species at risk have a fragile toe hold on their continued species existence. When humans forget we are connected to the very same ecosystem and we are dependent on biodiversity for are own existence- that is where it becomes perverse.

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