(Retired) physics professor John Harrison’s rebuttal to CanWEA and Environmental Defence claims that wind power projects are good for the environment is one chapter of Dirty Business. Amid the facts about the cost and reliability of wind power generation, Harrison discusses the effect on the environment and quotes a statement from Nature Canada to the Ontario Power Authority dated October 2008. “Individual turbines and wind farms must not be located in areas with particular significance to congregating, migrating or breeding birds, including Important Bird Areas such as Amherst Island IBA.”
Similarly, Harrison notes, Ontario Nature passed a resolution at its 2010 Annual General Meeting: “Be it resolved that Ontario Nature–Federation of Ontario Naturalists 1)calls upon the government of Ontario to place a moratorium on wind farm development within 5 km of known significance to migrating birds and national parks, provincial parks and important bird areas … and 2) urges the government to protect these sites from wind farm development if studies determine that they have significant bird migration concentrations, for example of over 100,000 birds in a season or are found to be situated within major migratory pathways.”
Fast forward to 2012, a few days before Christmas in fact, when the Ontario government announces that the wind power project for Ostrander Point, on the southern tip of Prince Edward County, has been approved.
More than 750,000 birds pass through this area twice a year as part of migration. For decades, the provincial and federal governments have been trying to create a park in this area to conserve a unique and rare environment and to protect and harbour the birds.
Ontario–and specifically, the Ministry of the Environment–doesn’t care. In fact, approving Ostrander Point is a specific slap in the face to anyone who cares about the environment.
For more on this development read: http://www.freewco.blogspot.ca/2012/12/prince-edward-county-will-appeal-wind.html
To read more about wind power development in Ontario and the complete and utter contempt the provincial government has for its citizens, its rural communities and, yes, the environment, read Dirty Business, the reality of Ontario’s rush to wind power.
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