Overview – Issues

The South Shore of Prince Edward County has been described by Nature Canada as “a super highway for birds, bats and monarch butterflies – the worst place to consider building 150 metre high wind turbines.” In May, 2012, the Ministry of Natural Resources issued a permit to allow Gilead to “kill harm and harass” two endangered species, Blanding’s Turtle and the Eastern Whip-poor-will.

  • Ostrander Point meets Environment Canada`s definition of a “Very High Sensitivity” site where turbines should not be built (under 11 different criteria). EC Environmental Assessment Officer, Denise Fell said:  “This is one of the most important landfall sites in Ontario.  … Birds are ascending and descending during migrations, whereas normally they migrate over the landscape in a broad front above the typical height of wind turbines.  Since birds on migration in this area can therefore be found at tower height, and are typically very tired and stressed when descending, they may be more at risk of collision with wind turbines.”
  • Industrial wind turbines at Ostrander Point would violate the Ontario government’s own technical guidelines on preserving migratory habitat “in its entirety”, especially within five km. of the shores of the lower Great Lakes.
  • Ostrander Point is at the heart of a major migratory flyway where an estimated 12 million birds pass twice a year. Wolfe Island, at the eastern edge of the flyway, has a turbine bird-kill rate which is 7 times the national average.
white-tailed eagle      A white-tailed eagle killed by a Norwegian industrial wind turbine.

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