Thursday, April 28, 2011
Agri.Commissioner Darrel Aubertine may contribute to huge Agri. Industry financial losses.
The agricultural industry is poised for huge financial losses and
NY State Agricultural Commissioner Darrel Aubertine may contribute to these losses.
According to a study that you can read here in the journal Science, Insect-eating bats provide pest-control services that save the U.S. agriculture industry over $3 billion per year the study warns that these valuable animals are at risk: Bat populations are declining due to fatalities associated with White-Nose Syndrome and wind turbines, which could lead to significant economic losses on U.S. farms.
White nose syndrome is a deadly mysterious disease that has killed more than a million hibernating bats across the Northeastern U.S. since 2006.
A large number of bats are dying at wind turbines in the United States. The number of bat deaths is higher than any fatality rates seen in this species in the past. There's something strange happening with bats and wind turbines. It is not known why bats are so susceptible and why they're showing up in these surprising numbers.
Within 3/4 of a mile from the shores of Cape Vincent there already is an operational 86 turbine wind power plant on Wolfe Island, Canada. The Wolfe Island post construction bat mortality report determined that an estimated 1720 bats are killed per year. Cape Vincent can expect the same numbers because of similar habitat and shared species with Wolfe Island.
Aubertine’s land is slated for transmission lines to facilitate St. Lawrence winds 53 turbine project.
Acciona’s St. Lawrence Wind Power project has the potential to significantly impact the future survival of the Indiana bat and all bat species existing in Cape Vincent , their wind development will cause fragmentation of habitat and destroy foraging ground ,this will have a devastating effect on Cape Vincent’s dwindling bat population.
How long it will take to see these population declines having a noticeable effect? Perhaps in the next few years in the northeast where White-nose syndrome has already had a substantial influence on bat population
When Darrel Aubertine was appointed as Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner he said, "New York's diverse agricultural industry and vast marketplace requires responsible oversight and advocacy – roles I am proud to take on. I look forward to working with our agricultural partners to help our farmers and industry flourishes."
Aubertines involvement with Acciona's St.Lawrence wind is not responsible oversight, and it will not help farmers and New Yorks agricultural industry flourish.
Aubertine has weighed in the topic of wind farms in Cape Vincent, when asked about it in the fall of 2009; Aubertine said “Who are you to tell me what I can do with my land"?
Agricultural Commissioner Aubertine is supporting the slaughter of Bats for personal gain.
Below is a partial map of the area that is proposed for utility scale wind turbines and the necessary transmission lines to facilitate the project. Notice the project is in the heart of the Indiana Bat areas. Notice too that land owned by Agricultural Commissioner Darrel Aubertine is slated for transmission lines in or perilously close to the Indiana Bat habitat areas...
slated for development~
ACCIONA TURBINE AREAS
Link here to read the
Wolfe Island Wind Post-Construction Avian & Bat Mortality MonitoringReport 2011-01-24
Link here to read the WOLFE ISLAND ~WIND FARM~ BIRD AND BAT POST CONSTRUCTION MONITORING REPORT ~ July December 2009
Wolfe Island Bird and Bat Wind turbine Mortality report January to June 2011
Posted by Kathryn Muschell at 12:00 AM