Rare Blandings Turtle discovered in Dufferin
Here is a bulletin from Wind Resistance of Melancthon. A discovery!!!
Threatened Species found in Dufferin Wind Power turbine project area
Dufferin Wind Power ( a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Longyuan Power Group Corporation Limited) is poised to begin construction on the access road and foundation excavations for the 49 turbine Melancthon wind turbine project on October 15, 2013, according to their website.
This is their declared intention, despite the fact that a decision from the ongoing Environmental Review Tribunal has still to be tendered, conditions satisfying the Ontario Energy Board’s conditionaltransmission line approval have yet to be met, and expropriation proceedings are underway against the County of Dufferin and several of Dufferin Wind’s leaseholders.
Now, comes the discovery of a threatened species, the Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), within the project area. There is a reported sighting of this turtle, registered recently with Ministry of Natural Resources’ Natural Heritage Information Centre, in Melancthon Township, Dufferin County. There has never been a reported sighting in this part of the province until now.
The reports required of Dufferin Wind for their Renewable Energy Approval (REA) application filed with the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) did not include any mention of the threatened species, the Blanding’s Turtle. The company has an obligation to study and then report on the wildlife populations in the project area as part of their application. The MOE and the MNR have an obligation to protect our environment, and follow due process. This oversight must be corrected in spite of the MOE’s granting of the REA permit, and studies must be completed before construction begins.
The Environmental Review Tribunal, in July of this year, revoked the MOE’s approval for the Ostrander Point wind project on the grounds that the access roads that are a part of the project increased the threat to the Blanding’s turtle population in the area. The access roads for the Dufferin Wind Power project are an equal threat to this rare species in Dufferin County. Road construction should not be allowed to proceed, based on this precedent.