David Suzuki Foundation does not support wind turbines in IBA’s – letter to Min. of Envir. from Suzuki Foundation

May 22, 2013 admin Latest Posts

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Hon. Jim Bradley

Minister of Environment

Re: Proposed wind energy project at Ostrander Point (EBR 011-5239)

May 15, 2013

Dear Minister Bradley,

The David Suzuki Foundation supports the Ontario Government’s program to address climate
change, including the closure of the province’s coal-burning power plants, widespread tree planting,
new proposed revenue tools to support expanded regional transit systems, and policies to promote
renewable energy with the passing of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009. In particular,
our organization is a strong proponent of wind power generation in Ontario, which has benefited from
progressive policies such as the Government’s Feed-in Tariff Program (FIT)

However, while these policies and programs are helping to reduce and/or offset greenhouse gas
emissions that contribute to global climate change, renewable energy production, like other forms of
land use development, can have negative impacts on wildlife habitat and other values, if projects are
not planned and sited appropriately on the land base.

We are particularly concerned with the proposal by Gilead Power Inc. to establish a wind energy
project at Ostrander Point (EBR 011-5239). Ostrander Point falls within the globally significant Prince
Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area (IBA) and represents important habitat for
migrating and breeding birds in the region. It is a candidate Area of Natural and Scientific Interest
(ANSI) and more than 200 different species of birds use the area, including 14 conservation priority
species such as whip-poor-wills.

The David Suzuki Foundation believes that careful land use planning is key to ensure that energy
production is balanced with the maintenance of wildlife habitat and other important environmental
assets. For this reason, we urge you to follow the recommendation by the Ontario Environmental
Commissioner to avoid locating new wind energy projects in IBAs, and respectfully ask that you
reject the proposed wind development project planned for Ostrander Point given the vulnerability of
this sensitive site to harm from development.

Yours sincerely

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Dr. Faisal Moola, PhD
Director General, Ontario and Northern Canada
David Suzuki Foundation

cc’d:

Kristina Rudzki, Senior Project Evaluator Ministry of the Environment Operations Division
Environmental Approvals Branch

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