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Nextera Energy is questioned at a public information meeting in Exeter, Ontario on their recent removal of a bald eagle nest, the tree it was in and the surrounding vegetation, in Haldimand County to make for the company's Summerhaven Wind Project. The eagle nest was near where Nextera was planning to erect 3 of their turbines, and an access road. The project could not 'proceed' with this eagle nest and the tree it was in, in the way. The public was not notified of the Ministry of Natural Resources approval of this eagle nest removal until Friday Jan. 4th, at 5:00pm. Cranes, trucks and bulldozers arrived on the site early Saturday Jan. 5th morning, the nest was 'removed' and taken away, the trees were all cut down, and nothing remains of the eagles nesting area. In this video Nextera spokespersons try to explain away the removal. They are speaking to residents who will live in their proposed Bornish, Goshen, Jericho and Adelaide projects who are not very encouraged by their responses. Duration: 5 minutes 51 seconds
"Why would they make a decision like that?" Barrett said. "I want to know who made this call. I want to find out if someone directed MNR to grant this permit and go against its legislation. My gut feeling is there is something seriously wrong here. I want to find out whether this decision was made outside the MNR." The Summerhaven wind project belongs to Nextera Energy Canada.
"The Ontario government continues to blindly accept inaccurate information from wind companies as the truth without providing an investment in truly independent, scientific studies of bird, bat, butterfly migration before and after these projects are built."
Video from inside wind developer Nextera's destruction zone of the bald eagle nest. Don't mind the odd bleeped out bit of anger flying around - it wasn't the most pleasant place to be. Video from Ontario Wind Resistance. Duration: 6 minutes 23 seconds
Jody Allair is a biologist with Bird Studies Canada in Port Rowan. He is the chief monitor of the bald eagle nesting program in southern Ontario. The MNR sought his opinion before issuing the removal permit. ...Allair told the MNR that the nest should be left alone and the turbines relocated elsewhere. Allair only learned of the nest’s removal on Monday.
"There are only 50-some bald eagle nests in Ontario," he said. "This is one." "There's no end to the limits that the government will go to accommodate the wind industry," he added. He also cautioned that the issue is much more far-reaching than Haldimand County.
Yesterday at 5:00pm the MNR gave a permit to this corporation to destroy this eagle pairs nest, and cut down the tree- as long as they were able to do it by January 6th - tomorrow. In typical cold government language, it is justified that the tree and nest should be removed as it was "scheduled to be removed for the construction of a road, and within 20 metres of the blade sweep of a proposed turbine".
Commissioner Gord Miller's recent annual report says Ontario needs to be "smarter about where we place wind power facilities," adding there are shortcomings in the guidelines for evaluating and reducing turbines' harmful effects on birds, bats and their habitats.
Gord Miller’s report said no new wind farms should be constructed in the province’s 70 designated Important Bird Areas (IBA). One of those IBAs is located on the south shore of the County. Miller said there are two areas in which the government needs to improve guidelines to enhance protection for both birds and bats.
"In an area where there could be hundreds of thousands of birds flying through in any one migrating period, this is a very bad place for wind turbines," said Waddell. "It really is a very important resting, feeding, just roosting spot."
An internationally recognized "Important Bird Area" is being threatened by an Ontario wind power development, a Canadian conservation group alleges. Gilead Power Corporation hopes to build a nine-turbine wind farm on the south shore of Prince Edward County, a huge peninsula that juts into eastern Lake Ontario.
Nature Canada says the project's 86 turbines are among the most destructive of wildlife in North America. The organization argues TransAlta should shut down parts of the wind farm - one of the biggest in the country - during high-risk periods in the late summer and early fall.
Industrial wind turbines pose a significant risk to Ontario waterfowl, a speaker told an audience Thursday night. Scott Petrie was in the city to talk about how the turbines affect the natural world. But, he added, it isn't an issue that will catch the public's ear - and he knows this.
The short-eared owl, listed as a species of special concern in Canada, has all but disappeared from the west end of Wolfe Island. A noted Kingston-area birder says the decline has everything to do with the construction and startup of wind turbines on that part of the island two years ago.
Then last month, Stantec Consulting, the firm that produced the original report, released its report on the second half of the year: January 1, 2010 to July 1, 2010. And the results for birds are troubling. Though casualty numbers for birds did not skyrocket in the second sixth month period, a time that included the spring migration, they still were high enough to make the Wolfe Island wind plant the most deadly for birds in Canada.
Alarming bird and bat mortality rates at the Wolfe Island wind farm have an international group calling for a three-year moratorium on wind energy projects on the Upper St. Lawrence River and east end of Lake Ontario. Save The River vice-president Stephanie Weiss said the 86-windmill farm has caused the death of 688 birds and bats, equalling eight per windmill.
An environmental group is calling for a 3-year moratorium on wind farm development along the upper St. Lawrence River, citing potential threats to the region's bird and bat populations.
Save The River is urging local municipalities bordering the Upper St. Lawrence River in the U.S. and Canada to implement a three year moratorium on wind project development. The move was taken after careful review of recent data showing potentially high avian and bat mortality from the first six months of operation of the Wolfe Island Wind project, the only operating wind project in the region.
Will Wolfe Island's eco-terminations prove more palatable with the public because they are caused by a ‘green industry'? If Canada follows the United States' lead, wind turbines will get a free ride.