Animals on Amherst Island Not Being Protected

An association which was set up before the commencement of the construction of the 26 turbine projects, has protested to the Ontario government concerning the protection of animals, especially the Blanding’s turtle whose population is declining due to construction activities on the island. Last year, the Loyalist Township issued a stop work order to the company that was contracted to construct the wind turbines, after realizing that the roads on the island had been destroyed by heavy machinery involved in the construction work.

Residents have raised concerns on the need to protect Amherst Island, which has long been a preferred tourist destination, because of its natural resources, among them, different bird species, turtles, owls, trees and is ideal for activities such as fishing, bird watching, cycling, and scuba diving. Since the construction started there, residents have experienced instances of inconveniences, such as congested roads, delayed ferries, noise, and air pollution.

Effects of Wind Turbines on the Environment

Although wind energy is considered one of the most environmentally friendly power sources, there have been concerns about the impact of the wind turbines on the environment, especially when constructed in populated areas or wildlife habitats. The following are some of the effects of wind turbine construction on the environment;

  • Noise pollution

Some wind turbines, especially the huge ones, produce so much noise that it is unpleasant, especially if people are living close by. Residents of Amherst Island have complained that the wind turbines are noisy, which was not the case before they were installed.

  • Danger to low flying birds and bats

During some seasons, fog falls on Amherst Island, affecting the visibility of low flying creatures such as birds and bats. A collision between the birds and the blades will be fatal and may lead to a declining bird population on the island.