Environmental Commissioner of Ontario: No wind turbines in IBAs
Gord Miller, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner has written an op-ed article for the Toronto Star (October 2) in which he argues for protection of birds and bats from wind turbines and, in particular, prohibiting new turbine projects in Ontario’s 70 Important Bird Areas.
His article starts, “I have always been a strong supporter of renewable energy. While energy conservation should be the top priority, renewable energy is an important part of the effort to move us away from the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation. But as I argue in my annual report that will be tabled at the Ontario legislature today, the province’s efforts to increase the use of wind power must be balanced against the equally valid goals of protecting Ontario’s wildlife and natural environment.”
You may read the full article at http://tinyurl.com/9vncy7z .
Also, we recommend another another article in the same issue of the Star titled Ontario environmental watchdog Gord Miller says ministries hiding from public scrutiny, available at http://tinyurl.com/dxcq2a6 .