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Leon Redbone, RIP, June 2019
Ontario Endangered Species Act at risk, letter to Rod Phillips, April 2019
Slide to Extinction, Chris Humphrey, letter to Globe, October 31, 2018
Peter Galbraith, FRCP, obituary, October 2017
White Pines on Death Bed, Bruce Bell, Intelligencer, July 17,2018
Thucydides Trap, letter to Globe, May 2018
Great Lakes toxics down, SUNY Oswego/Clarkson U, April 2018
Machine subversion of democracy, letter to Globe, April 2018
Air Pollution overrides Ancestral Genes, Globe, March 2018
Olympian Cathal Kelly, letter to Globe, March 2018
Environmentalists seeking unemployment, letter to Globe, February 2018
Less is more on Bike Lanes, National Post, January 2018
Tramadol, 10 years on, Globe and Mail, November 2017
White Stripes: Belleville bicycle lanes, letters, November 2017
Occupational Cancers, CCO research results, Globe and Mail, October 2017
Big Pharmoney and Canadian Drug Use Guidelines, Globe and Mail, June 21, 2017, Kelly Grant
Oxycontin, 20 years on, letter to Globe, May 2017
Lake Ontario wind turbines to remain on hold? Feb 2017
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Sartorial slip or signal? letter to Globe editor, October 2016
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Point O turbines 99% Down the Drain, CCSAGE, July 7, 2016
Point O turbines Dead and Damned, PECFN, July 6, 2016
Rabid diplomat, letter to Globe, May, 2016
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Lighthouses of eastern Lake Ontario, new book by Marc Seguin, March 2016
Continuing corporate windpower malfeasance: Windstream and Trillium Corp, Feb 2016
Amherst Island: the next fine mess, Feb 2016
Valerie Langer: Thirty years of effort pays off on the B.C. coast, Feb 1,2016
Trillium log, 6th annual ELO expedtion, September 2015
Trillium Wind Corp intent on Spoliation of eastern Lake Ontario and Main Duck Isle, June 2015
Turtles rule? Ontario Court of Appeal Decision: Turtlegate, April 2015
Obituaries, Mary Terrance (Luke) Hill, January 2015; Valerie Ingrid (Hill) Kaldes, July 2015
Ontario Court of Appeal turtle hearing, December 2014
Trillium Log, 5th annual ELO expedition, September 2014
Planetary public health manifesto, The Lancet, March 2014
Ostrander Bioblitz, butterfly inventory walk, August 10, 2014
Victory at Cape Vincent: British Petroleum withdraws turbine proposal, February 2014
Stay of execution granted by Ontario Court of Appeal, March 2014
Never say die: Will the Court of Appeal let the Ostrander Phoenix fly free again? March 2014
Divisional Court ruling in Ostrander: turtles belly up, Trojan horses win, February 2014
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Ostrander: fiasco, or snafu? you decide, December 2013
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British Petroleum backing off Cape Vincent after a decade of aggression? December 2013
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SARStock 10 years after, letter to editor, August 2003
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Play by Play, PECFN Ostrander ERT Appeal, March 2013
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Frack the What ? November 2012
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Canada Centre for Inland Waters decimated, October 2012
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Queen's Fine Arts Department Succumbs, letter to Principal, December 2011
Mr. Kumar and the Super 30, November 2011
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Wind farm could be bird killer, expert claims  Danielle VandenBrink

By Danielle VandenBrink, Kingston Whig-Standard

A proposed wind farm in southern Prince Edward County has the potential to have the highest bird mortality rate in North America, an expert in the field claims.

Bill Evans, an ornithologist based in Ithaca, N.Y., who has studied the impact of turbines on birds and bats, said the nine-turbine Ostrander Point Wind Energy Park — to be located on a peninsula on the south shore of Prince Edward County — could cause “serious and irreversible” harm to some species in the province.

Evans, who was hired by the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists to study the potential impact of the project on bird mortality, gave his testimony to a tribunal in the county Friday.

In December, the field naturalists appealed the Ministry of the Environment decision to allow the turbines to be built on crown land by corporation Gilead Power.

The group claims the proposed site has been designated as an “Important Bird Area,” established in 2001 to acknowledge the importance of waterfowl, migrating birds and birds of prey (raptors) in the region.

To compare the potential impact of the Ostrander project on bird mortality, Evans reviewed studies from the Wolfe Island wind project and the Maple Ridge wind project, located in northern New York State.

But Evans said he found inconsistencies in the way the data was collected.

In some cases, researchers collected bird and bat carcasses within a 50-metre radius of the base of the turbines during the period of the study.

However, Evans said guidelines developed in 2007 by Environment Canada stated most carcasses fall within 80 metres of the base of the turbines.

“I discovered that there has been considerable underestimation of fatalities reported to the public by the Wolfe Island wind project,” Evans said. “In my tribunal testimony, I noted a discrepancy between positions taken by (the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources) and Environment Canada regarding the distance of carcasses (that) land from the base of a wind turbine.”

In the case of Wolfe Island, Evans said more than 50% of bird and bat carcasses fall within a 50 metre radius of the turbines. However, based on his analysis of bird mortality at Maple Ridge, 40% of small birds fall within the 50 to 80-metre radius of the turbine base.

The Ostrander Point project proposes to include nine turbines that measure larger than those operating on Wolfe Island.

For that project, Evans argued the effects on bird mortality will likely be greater.

“I noted that the Ostrander wind turbines would be even larger than those on Wolfe Island ... yet the fatality study protocol approved by both the (MNR) and the (Environment Canada) still only involves surveys out to 50 metres.”

Evans questioned why government researchers failed to include carcasses found beyond a 50-metre radius in the Wolfe Island study.

“This appears tantamount to a cover up, but I have no direct evidence,” he said.

Evans argued bird mortality will also be impacted by the site of the proposed Ostrander Point project.

“The Ostrander wind project could have, by far, the highest bird mortality per megawatt in North America,” he said. “I base this on the fact that if the nearby Wolfe Island project’s 2010 fatality data is corrected for estimated fatalities out of 80 metres, it would have 8.9 bird fatalities per megawatt, which ... is the highest bird fatality in North America for any wind farm with more than three turbines. I pointed out to the tribunal that Wolfe Island, while it has notable concentration of birds, does not have the large concentrations of migratory land birds caused by the funnelling dynamics of the (Prince Edward County) peninsula.”

Evans said the estimated number of bird and bat deaths would not have a significant impact on global populations of any one species. However, for certain species experiencing declining populations, such as the purple martin, he said, the location of the Ostrander Point project could have a major impact.

“The fatality assessment system in Ontario appears to be disorganized to the point of being disingenuous, or perhaps simply the latter,” he said. “As I demonstrated to the tribunal, the data that is currently available from the Wolfe Island wind project and other Ontario fatality studies using similar fatality survey methods is not accurate. A catch-22 develops where it is impossible to demonstrate “serious and irreversible” harm to birds if it might exist and the whole appeal process appears to border on straw man theory.”

Evans’ testimony will continue in Prince Edward County on Monday.


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