Amherst Island — 37 wind turbines threaten this small island and its IBA
While we in the County bask in the glow of PECFN’s win in the Ostrander Point appeal, our friends on neighouring Amherst Island continue to fight hard to stop a major 37-turbine wind project on their small island. This project is as large as Ostrander Point and White Pines combined, proposed for an island which is only 1/15th the size of PEC. Picture the County with 555 turbines! We can help our neighbours by taking a few minutes to compose and send an email on their behalf.
The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has invited public comments by August 9, 2013 on an application by Windlectric / Algonquin Power for an “overall benefit” permit to kill, harm and harass, and destroy and fragment habitat, of three species at risk: Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, and Whip-poor-will. MNR is also aware of a population of Blanding’s Turtle on the Island, and may be convinced to add this species to the application as well. Click here to see the Environmental Registry posting.
Please add your voice to those in opposition to the kill / harm / harass / destroy / fragment permit by writing to Kathleen Pitt, Species at Risk Biologist, MNR with EBR 011-9446 in the subject line by Friday, August 9, 2013. To: firstname.lastname@example.org, with copies to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The key message to include in your email is that you are opposed to Windlectric / Algonquin Power being issued an “overall benefit permit” for its wind project for the following reasons:
- All of Amherst Island is an Important Bird Area of Global Significance on the Atlantic Migratory flyway, and is home to 34 species at risk, including Blanding’s Turtle.
- The Island is internationally recognized for concentrations of wintering hawks and owls, with birders travelling from around the world to visit Owl Woods, where it is possible to see up to 11 species of owls.
- Amherst Island was ranked second in biodiversity significance (Lake Ontario Islands – Northeast), and includes 400 hectares of Provincially Significant Coastal Wetland.
- The Ministry must not limit its consideration to three nesting groundbirds, but must consider a holistic approach to the impact of turbines on all species at risk and their habitat on the Island.
Amherst Island is one of Nature’s jewels in Lake Ontario — of similar significance to Point Pelee – and, like the County’s South Shore, is simply the wrong place for industrial wind turbines.
You can learn more about the situation on Amherst Island at: