Environment

Construction / Destruction

This is what wind farm construction looks like from a distance. To understand what it’s like close-up you can watch a video of Mars Hill Residents talking about the impact the windfarm has had on their lives here.

Mars Hill

This is a picture from a wind turbine construction site at Backbone Mountain, Tucker County, West Virgina. What is being done here cannot be undone in our lifetimes.

Backbone Mountain

Construction involving such heavy equipment kicks up a lot of dust and is very hard on roads not designed to handle them. Road resurfacing in our area costs between $45,000 to $60,000 per mile. Who pays?
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What is the impact of such foundations on our bedrock and water table? If wells are spoiled, who will be responsible?
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That’s one blade!
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Weather Alterations due to increased turbulence and surface roughness

Species at Risk in Ontario  http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/

Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act 2007 (ESA 2007) prohibits the damage or destruction of the habitat of species classified as endangered or threatened on the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) List in Ontario Regulation 230/08 http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTA2NDI0&statusId=MTU5NjA4&language=en

Eastern Cougar

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Human disturbance, combined with land clearing for settlement and agriculture, was responsible for the disappearance of cougars over most of northeastern North America.

http://www.rom.on.ca/ontario/risk.php?doc_type=fact&id=135&lang=en

Woodland Caribou

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Last Fall, MNR initiated the development of a Caribou Conservation Plan to help guide caribou conservation and recovery efforts in Ontario. http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/2ColumnSubPage/249504.html

Birds

Peregrine Falcon   http://www.peregrine-foundation.ca/ 

This is one of Canada’s most well known species at risk, owing to almost 50 years of public attention and conservation efforts.  The peregrine falcon is a crow-sized bird with a slate blue back and a cream-coloured chest covered in dark markings. Peregrine falcons have pointed wings that span about one metre, a narrow tail and adults have a prominent black “moustache.” The dark feathers on the falcon’s head make the bird look like it’s wearing a helmet. Another distinguishing feature of this falcon is its bright yellow feet and legs.

Peregrine Falcons (threatened) nest on high steep cliff ledges close to large bodies of water and on structures such as tall buildings and bridges.  Although Peregrine Falcons now nest in and a around Toronto and several other southern Ontario Cities, the majority of Ontario’s breeding population is found around Lake Superior in Northern Ontario.

June 17-2009

“The Municipality of Neebing adopted a resolution to NOT support the proposed one kilometre radius of habitat protecting the Peregrine falcon as recommended by the new EBR and Ministry of Natural Resources.”

Don’t WE have a say?  http://www.neebing.org/resources/Minutes+Regular+June+17$2C+2009.pdf

Impact on Migratory Birds at Existing Wind Turbine Sites  http://www.vulkaner.no/n/birds/eagle/hav.html

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Wind turbines at the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area (APWRA) kill more birds of prey than any other wind facility in North America, due to their location on a major bird migratory route in an area with high concentrations of raptors, including the highest density of breeding golden eagles in the world.

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org

 

Barotrauma in Bats

 

Extreme pressure changes near blades injures bat lungs, U of C study finds

http://www.ucalgary.ca/news/aug2008/batdeaths

Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/CLTIP/2ColumnSubPage/STEL02_167425.html

This area (Squaretop Mountain) on the Nor’Wester Mountain range contains one of the largest existing stands of sugar maple in northwestern Ontario and is at the northern extremity of the species’ range. Other southern floral elements and an interesting cliff flora are also present.

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From the top of Loch Lomond Ski Area

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