How come the government is not pursuing charges against windmill energy companies for killing birds ?
I feel the warm breeze of the green eco- double standard !
The EPA freaks out about nanograms of mercury in coal and yet they push cfl bulbs with more Hg than a coal plant.
Canadian gov fines Syncrude a couple of million dollars for drowning 35 ducks in a tailings pond…but no charges for killing raptors and other rare birds…...
The number of birds killed by windturbines is surprisingly low, much lower than the number killed by buildings and other structures, most seem to be able to avoid them, although some species like raptors may be more at risk.
The number of waterfowl killed at the Syncrude tar sands tailings pond was over 500 and some sources put the number at over 1,000.
And it’s not just Syncrude that’s responsible for this.
Just hours after the Alberta government announced that ducks had landed on a Syncrude tailings pond, officials said similar incidents had occurred at ponds belonging to Shell and Suncor.
Earlier Tuesday, the province announced that ducks had been discovered on a tailings pond at Syncrude’s Mildred Lake facility on Monday night. About 230 birds that made contact with the pond’s toxic brew of bitumen-extraction byproducts had to be euthanized, according to Syncrude.
We’re also seeing deformed fish downstream from the tar sands.
EDMONTON—The fish are hard to look at.
One whitefish has a golfball-sized tumour bulging from its side. Another is simply missing part of its spine, its tail growing from a stumpy rear end.
One has no snout. Another is coloured a lurid red instead of a healthy cream. Others are covered with lesions and still others are bent and crooked from deformed vertebrae.
All were taken from Lake Athabasca, downstream from the oilsands in northern Alberta, and were on display Thursday. All are reasons, say a group of scientists and aboriginals, for the federal government to conduct an independent study on what’s happening to the Athabasca River and its watershed after decades of industry expansion.
There are also clusters of rare cancers in some native populations in the area that depend on natural resources in the region.
On Oct. 29, the day after Chadi was sworn in as a councillor in the municipality of Wood Buffalo, the couple travelled to Edmonton. He had not been feeling well, and she insisted he see a doctor.
“His symptoms were vague, but he looked really, really sick,” Voyageur said. “His skin had started to turn yellow.”
Within 48 hours, Chadi was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, the same extremely rare incurable disease that has stricken other residents of Fort Chipewyan, a remote First Nations community with a population of about 1,100 people in northeast Alberta.