Birds, bats, blades – Province, Environment Canada Ignored Warnings

The Globe and Mail

Before the Wolfe Island Wind project was approved in 2008, environmental groups, experts, and local residents warned decision-makers that the wind turbines would harm birds and bats (Wind Farm Turbines Proving Deadly For Birds, Bats – June 10).

Instead of considering our evidence, each level of government pointed at the other and said someone else would protect the environment. Instead, the province rejected calls for a proper environmental assessment and Environment Canada back-pedalled on its original concerns about impacts on birds and bats. The result is an industrial wind project operating in one of the world’s most precious coastal bird areas without meaningful terms and conditions to protect wildlife.  And they call this “green energy.”

Mark Mattson, president, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper