At-risk species prompts renewed wind development fight over Gunn’s Hill project

ab-batWoodstock Sentinel Review, Keith Maryanovich
NORWICH TOWNSHIP – At the proposed 10-turbine Gunn’s Hill wind farm, both the company and anti-wind turbine advocates expect a certain number of little brown bats to be killed. The point being contended, however, is just what constitutes an acceptable mortality rate.

The East Oxford Community Alliance felt the risk to these bat species was important enough to file an urgent request on July 14 to halt the Gunn’s Hill wind power project with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and the Environmental Review Tribunal. It has also requested that its appeal of the Norwich Township project be reopened.

“We filed to halt the project until further investigation and until it can be shown that effective protective measures are in place to prevent serious and irreversible harm to the little brown bat, the eastern small-footed bat, and the other endangered species known to be present at the Gunn’s Hill project site,” East Oxford Community Alliance chair Joan Morris said. “We have not heard back from the ministry yet.”

The Gunn’s Hill LP noted its intention to operate the Prowind Canada project in accordance with the approval that was upheld at the Environmental Review Tribunal, which includes reference to the bats.

“In post-construction, we will be monitoring in accordance with the guidelines on threshold limits for bat mortality,” Prowind Canada vice-president Juan Anderson said. “That threshold is 10 bats per turbine per year.” Read article

One thought on “At-risk species prompts renewed wind development fight over Gunn’s Hill project

  1. That is if any are found? Each turbine can slice and dice larger birds some falling close to the base, others thrown and never found. A feast for any hungry wild animal that comes around for lunch. These small bats however are killed just by been too close to the vortex of the spinning fan blades. Poor liitle things don’t have a chance and never knew what hit them. In our area they put up many bat houses to keep these bats away from the turbines but not one seems to be occupied and now these same once abundant species is seldom seen?? Where are they?

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