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Wind farms, bats, bears  

Credit:  The Chronicle-Journal, www.chroniclejournal.com 28 February 2011 ~~

I have been following the development of the low-key Greenwich Lake wind farm at Dorion, particularly in light of the provincial government’s latest flip-flop on Great Lakes wind farms. The Greenwich wind farm covers a large area and is close to many “potential” (MNR term) peregrine nesting sites and the Cavern Lake bat caves.
Wind farms exact a high mortality on raptors and bats, so in assessing this project what did Northern Bioscience determine to be an acceptable level of mortality on endangered and threatened species such as peregrine falcons and rare Keen’s long-eared bat? Will the Greenwich Lake Wind Farm incur any penalties such as Syncrude did in Alberta for the duck deaths in its tailings ponds in 2008?
As an aside, the construction of this wind farm appears to contravene everything in the Endangered Species Act 2007. Was the approval of this wind farm another government flip-flop to buy the “green” vote in southern Ontario?
Erwin Butikofer

Source:  The Chronicle-Journal, www.chroniclejournal.com 28 February 2011

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