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Petitioning Premier of Ontario The Honourable Kathleen Wynne and 3 others

The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario: Stop destruction of Tundra Swan migration habitat by wind turbines

Every March 10,000-15,000 Tundra Swans migrate from the eastern USA seaboard to the Arctic tundra of Canada and Alaska. On their epic 6,500-kilometer migration the swans stop to rest and feed on the Thedford Bog and environs near Grand Bend on Lake Huron. The Thedford Bog area is a unique habitat ideally suited specifically for the migrating Tundra Swans, with its wide expanse of flat fields that feature large areas of ice, water and snow in March, providing safety and undisturbed quiet for resting, and food in the surrounding agricultural corn stubble fields for building strength. Tourists, photographers, bird watchers and outdoor enthusiasts flock to marvel at the spectacle of this annual migration every year. There are currently multiple wind turbine projects slated for the very ground that is the Tundra Swan migration habitat. These projects must be stopped

See Videos of the Tundra Swans' movements on and over a wide area around the Thedford Bog, 2007-present, and visit @TundraSwans. More information on FauxGreen.

Damning report on Ontario's Green Energy Act (GEA): "Eighty percent of Ontario’s wind power generation…is surplus and is exported at a substantial loss. The province has already lost close to $2 billion on such exports…The loss rate will continue to grow with every new wind turbine installation… In regions afflicted by the proliferation of wind turbine installations, there are additional costs to households due to lost property values, rural environmental degradation, and increased health and stress problems. These have not been taken into account in this analysis but, were they to be considered, the overall cost burden of the GEA would be even higher." 

 

Letter to
Premier of Ontario The Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Minister of Energy, Province of Ontario The Honourable Bob Chiarelli
Minister of the Environment, Province of Ontario The Honourable Jim Bradley
and 1 other
Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne
Please stop the multiple wind turbine projects that could spell the destruction of the Tundra Swan migration habitat on the Thedford Bog near Grand Bend on Lake Huron.

As you know, every March 10,000-15,000 Tundra Swans migrate from the eastern USA seaboard to the Arctic tundra of Canada and Alaska. On their epic 6,500-kilometer migration the swans stop to rest and feed on the Thedford Bog flats and environs near Grand Bend on Lake Huron. The Thedford Bog area is a unique habitat ideally suited specifically for the migrating Tundra Swans, with its wide expanse of flat fields that feature large areas of ice, water and snow in March, providing safety and undisturbed quiet for resting, and food in the surrounding agricultural corn stubble fields for building strength. Tourists, photographers, bird watchers and outdoor enthusiasts flock to marvel at the spectacle of this annual migration every year.

As you know, there are currently multiple wind turbine projects slated for the very ground that is the Tundra Swan migration habitat, and they are seemingly being rushed through final approvals (Notice to Proceed) to be completed by April and May, in the apparent absence of any credible environmental impact studies. These projects must be stopped as they may disrupt one of the last great migrations and could irrevocably destroy the traditional Tundra Swan staging and rest stop habitat that has been a vital part of their migration route for thousands of years.

As you know, Tundra Swans are huge birds measuring 115–150 cm (45–59 in) in length, with a 168–211 cm (66–83 in) wingspan. They fly at altitudes of up to 8 km and speeds of up to 80 km per hour. Their approach as they come down to the Thedford Bog flats, both during the day and at night (when they may not be able see the turbines), is correspondingly long and very low, as you can imagine. The proposed setbacks of 800-940 metres for the wind turbines that will surround the bog may therefore be utterly, tragically inadequate not only when the swans try to land on Thedford Bog and flats but also on any of the other fields in the area that they normally visit. In short, the turbines may kill and scare off the Tundra Swans with the likely result that the birds, in desperate need of rest and sustenance on their arduous migration, could cease to arrive in Grand Bend at all.

Please act now and stop the seemingly unchecked proliferation of multiple, deadly wind turbine projects that could very well destroy the unique and sensitive habitat of the migrating Tundra Swans and many other bird species.