Odious approval of Amherst Island wind project
World Council for Nature
to the Government of Ontario
August 27th 2015
Ladies and Gentlemen of the government of Ontario,
One of our Ontario members, the Association to Protect Amherst Island, has advised us of the approval of a wind project that will cause a 25-year running massacre of “protected” wildlife. Amherst Island, as you know, is an internationally important migration stopover point for Monarch butterflies and many threatened bird and bat species. It is also a famous wintering area for 11 species of owls, all of which are protected by law, and all of which are particularly in danger where wind turbines happen to be erected.
Words fail us to express our dismay at this abominable decision, which relies on an environmental impact study (EIS) authored by a consultant hired by the promoter. Experience shows that such studies are so biased as to be worthless. The Wolfe Island wind farm proves the point: its EIS, written by the same consultant (Stantec Inc.), did not predict the turbines would be killing so many birds and bats, including eagles, ospreys, and dozens of other protected species. They will keep doing it for another 20 years, in numbers at least ten times higher than the official figures (1), taking a high toll on the protected wildlife of Ontario, Quebec, the United States and Mexico, toll which is all the more unsustainable when considered cumulatively with other wind farms.