Turbines or turtles: Hudak to natural resources minister

MPP says province should protect endangered species

Hamilton, june 25, 2009 -- The Blanding's turtle, (like this captive turtle named Bea,) that live in Burlington's Royal Botanical Gardens should benifit from  Minister of Natural Resources  announcement of $700,000 in grant money for species at risk stewardship projects. The RBG will use it's $60,000 in grant money to gather population data and restore six species including the Blanding's, (pictured) Northern Map and Eastern Spiny Softshell turtles. Glenn Lowson photo for The Toronto Star
Hamilton, june 25, 2009 — The Blanding’s turtle, (like this captive turtle named Bea,) that live in Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens should benifit from Minister of Natural Resources announcement of $700,000 in grant money for species at risk stewardship projects. The RBG will use it’s $60,000 in grant money to gather population data and restore six species including the Blanding’s, (pictured) Northern Map and Eastern Spiny Softshell turtles. Glenn Lowson photo for The Toronto Star

QUEEN’S PARK — Tim Hudak says the minister of natural resources must decide which is more important to Ontario: industrial wind turbines or endangered turtles.

Hudak called on MNR Minister Bill Mauro last week in legislature “to do the right thing” and protect Blanding’s turtles whose habitat is threatened by the onslaught of industrial wind turbines. The Blanding’s turtle is listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

The most significant threat to this reptile are loss or fragmenting of habitat, motor vehicles, racoons and foxes. Another threat is poaching for the black market.

Hudak said a provincially-approved wind development in his riding puts the turtle at greater risk.

The 40 trucks loads of cement and 540 metres of steel required for each of the 77 wind turbines Niagara Region Wind Corp. has been approved to build puts the Blanding’s turtle in jeopardy. Twenty of the project’s turbines are slated to be built in known Blanding’s habitats.

Grimsby Lincoln News By Amanda Moore May 31 2015

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