Ministry only obliged to collect carcasses for three years, says group opposing wind developments

birdbatmortalitychartLondon Free Press, John Miner
A last-ditch attempt to stop an Oxford County wind farm, based on damage it will do to an endangered species, has run into a wall. The East Oxford Alliance citizen’s group filed an urgent request last week with Environment Minister Glen Murray to stop the Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm because the project will kill little brown bats, a species whose numbers are plunging across North America and is now on Ontario’s and Canada’s endangered lists.

red-tailed-hawk1In a written reply on the minister’s behalf, the director of the ministry’s environmental approvals branch said it is the ministry’s priority to ensure renewable energy projects are developed in a way that will protect human health and the environment. In the case of wind power, clear rules have been established to protect birds, bats and their habitats, Kathleen Hedley wrote.

The Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm, a 10-turbine project in Norwich Township, is required to conduct mortality surveys for at least three years after it starts up. “If thresholds of bird and/or bat mortality are reached, contingency plans can be put in place to reduce impacts and additional monitoring is conducted to ensure the contingency plans are effective,” Hedley wrote.

Disappointed alliance member John Eacott said the bottom line is the wind power company is just required to collect bat and bird carcasses for three years before taking action: “This is the clear rules that Ontario has established — nothing has to be done.” Read article

5 thoughts on “Ministry only obliged to collect carcasses for three years, says group opposing wind developments

  1. What on earth does this mean?
    “If thresholds of bird and/or bat mortality are reached, contingency plans can be put in place to reduce impacts and additional monitoring is conducted to ensure the contingency plans are effective….”
    What contingency plans are possible but haven’t been tried to prevent these deaths? Why are they waiting? This is insane!
    Thank you John Miner for your tenacity with this subject.
    I hope that similar tenacity will be demonstrated by more media people once it becomes acceptable to expose the human mortality and harm from these turbines and their infrastructure.

    • This info (the ‘contingency plans’) is not available to the public. Just like the real numbers for the kills for each of the wind projects. We have no idea whether any of these ‘plans’ had any positive effect (decreased mortality) when carried out.

  2. Sommer…. it means that eventually within 5 years anything on the endangered species list will be eliminated…. then and only then will the company do nothing about it cause…… what bats you talking about??? There’s no bats around here!!! Business as usual…. wow what a disgrace this GEA is…… talk about stupidity at its finest!!! Liberals are just the greatest problem solvers in the history of the universe! !!!!

  3. Political and financial decisions have and are being made without regard to factual information scientific or otherwise.

  4. Yes very true Barbara….. they are not interested in saving mother earth they are only interested in how much $$$$$$ they can bilk from the ontario rate payers!! Again so shameful that the GEA defeats itself again and the drunk drivers are still at the wheel just mowing down whatever gets in the way!!!!
    Cmon Katty Wynnd yer turn to drive!!! look out !!!! Oh never mind there are lots of those left….. we’ll deal with that later on down the road!!!!

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