Category Archives: Impact on: Natural environment
Impact of wind turbines on the natural environment
Here is a brief synopsis of the 40-page decision by Ontario’s Divisional Court, in the Court’s own words as much as possible. It has been prepared by a non-lawyer, and is focused on what may be the most significant aspects of the decision as regards possible future actions by residents’ groups.
Gilead / MOE appeals re Blanding’s turtle: allowed
The Divisional Court has allowed the appeal by Gilead and the MOE of the ERT’s decision to revoke the approval of the Ostrander Point wind project, based on its finding that the Tribunal committed six errors of law: Read the rest of this entry
[Here are the final results. Question: Do you approve of Ontario's birds and animals being killed to make way for large wind power generation projects? Of 1335 respondents, 97% answered NO, and only 3% (35 people) answered YES.]
Here is a poll being conducted by Wind Concerns Ontario. You can access it by clicking on the link below.
From: WCO Blog Admin
Subject: Take the poll! Should wildlife be endangered for wind power?
Many people don’t know that the Ontario government believes so strongly that the “overall benefit” of wind power is such that it outweighs any danger to at-risk and even endangered species of wildlife in the province. What do you think?
Take our poll, HERE.
[Here is an opinion piece from the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists.]
Citizens all across Ontario have been asking themselves this question.
Over the past decade, municipalities and planners have participated in provincial programs to preserve our important natural heritage. People have joined together to help by participating in planning for the Niagara Escarpment, Oak Ridges Moraine, and countless smaller areas. They have contributed funds to conservancy and land trust organizations to allow the purchase and protection of significant natural areas.
In spite of all this, the Ontario government’s Green Energy Act has allowed developers to plow roughshod over important natural habitat. The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists will be in Divisional Court from Jan 21-24 to defend an Environmental Review Tribunal decision they won last July to stop an industrial wind turbine development at Ostrander Point Crown Land Block. The Ministry of Environment and the developer, Gilead Power, are appealing the Tribunal ruling that halted the project. Ostrander Point is in the centre of an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area that supports millions of migrating birds, bats and Monarch butterflies and Species at Risk, reptiles, plants and birds as well as areas of globally imperilled Alvar landscape.
[Here are messages from APPEC and APAI (Association to Protect Amherst Island) asking you to help fight off Windlectric's proposal for a 36-turbine wind project by submitting comments to the Ministry of the Environment.]
The new year has begun with some disheartening news: Windlectric’s 36-turbine wind project on AmherstIsland has been deemed complete by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and is now posted on the Environmental Registry. As seasoned APPEC members will recall this pushes the wind project forward to the technical review phase, the final phase of the REA approval process.
This posting should send a chill down our collective spines with respect to wpd’s White Pines Wind Project. The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) continues to act with impunity, issuing approvals for wind projects in the worst places imaginable.
Rick Conroy, editor of The Times, had lots to say this past week about the bizarre situation of Prince Edward Field Naturalists’ having to fight the combined forces of Gilead Power Corporation, the Ministry of the Environment and now the Canadian Wind Energy Association, in order to protect its win on the Ostrander Point project. To describe PECFN as the underdog would be one of the great understatements of the year.
Gilead and its buddies MOE and CanWEA are making a desperate attempt to salvage the Ostrander Point project via an appeal to the Divisional Court which:
- Argues that the ERT exceeded its jurisdiction in second-guessing MNR’s approval to kill/harm/harass Blanding’s turtle;
- Attempts to introduce new evidence (normally not allowed in an appeal) — namely, to install a series of lockable gates to reduce road mortality;
- Introduces Big Brother CanWEA as an intervenor to help run up PECFN’s legal bills even further.
Most contemptible of all, Gilead is asking the court to make PECFN pay its (Gilead’s) legal costs for the appeal. Q: Have they no shame? A: Of course they don’t.
County residents and nature lovers from near and far have generously supported PECFN, and so far $117,463 has been raised to cover legal costs for the ERT appeal. The largest donation to date was from County government, which provided a grant of $20,000 following PECFN’s ERT win. Way to go, Shire Hall!
But most amounts received — donations and purchases — are modest. Many donations at $100, quite a few at $200 or $250, some larger, some smaller. PECFN’s latest fundraiser was the sale of custom-made winter floral arrangements at $15 to $50 each, which added about $2,000 to the legal fund.
This small group of intrepid fighters now needs tens of thousands dollars more to defend its win at the upcoming Divisional Court appeal, scheduled to be heard in Toronto on Jan 21-24, 2014.
We are nearing Christmas. Will you consider adding PECFN to your gift list? Are you able to donate a single amount of $52, equivalent to $1 per week for a year? Or maybe even $104? But any amount will be greatly appreciated.
You can send your Christmas gift to PECFN by clicking on the Donate to PECFN button on the right hand side of this page, or by mailing a cheque to Ostrander Point Appeal Fund, 59 King Street, Unit 2, Picton, ON K0K 2T0.
Lets all do our bit to ensure that PECFN has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Here’s a great opportunity to add a festive decoration to your home, inside or out. Prince Edward County Field Naturalists is offering attractive winter planter arrangements, all natural, in various sizes and prices. Makes a great gift as well. Click on the image to enlarge.
Proceeds will go to PECFN’s legal defence of its Ostrander Point ERT win. Both Gilead/OPSEU and the Ministry of the Environment have appealed to Ontario’s Divisional Court, and PECFN expects that it will need another $50K of funding to protect its win. The appeal will be heard on January 21-23, 2014 in Toronto.
With over 49,000 turbines installed in 70 countries, Vestas is becoming acutely aware that people living near their products are reacting to loss of property values, health problems and avian mortality. So, Vestas produced this 2-minute “Act on Facts” video that shows a young girl cycling through the countryside with soothing background music, while the voice over attributes reactions against wind power to the power of negative emotions, flatly denies the claims against wind turbines, and claims that they can save the planet.
Anti-wind groups, including Ontario Wind Resistance, responded to Vestas’ disingenuous message with an 8:48 effort “on behalf of wind turbine victims everywhere”, that takes clips from the Vestas video, interjects “real facts” with quotes from wind turbine victims, unflattering photos of wind farms, medical effects of the wind turbine syndrome, animal deaths, 2,000 international anti-wind groups, stating that turbines are uneconomical and create more CO2.
Here’s Vestas’ pitch: <http://actonfacts.org/videos/act-on-facts/>
Here’s our response: <http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/2013/11/07/get-real-vestas/>