The Ministry of Environment announced Monday it has denied Algonquin Power’s idea to build a 177-megawatt wind farm with a possible 79 turbines near Chaplin Lake, some 150 kilometres west of Regina.
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The area is listed as having "hemispheric importance" by the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network. The only other place in Canada to have this designation is the Bay of Fundy.
"Why put them there? Why not go to a place where there is not an internationally significant, globally important nesting and migrating area for shorebirds?" Although Herriot is in favour of more wind turbines in Saskatchewan, he is concerned for the birds' safety. "Yes, we've got to deal with climate change and our carbon footprint, but we can't do it at the expense of wildlife," he said.
"There are hundreds of thousands of birds who will pass north of that lake every year, and they will go directly through this gauntlet of 77 wind turbines," Herriot said. He noted that four per cent of the global population of piping plovers nest there. Other well-known shorebirds, like the sanderling, pass through the area at counts of 50,000 or 60,000 each spring, he said.