Jefferson County is home to the northernmost colony of Indiana brown bats, a federally listed endangered species that is undergoing a serious population decline caused by White Nose Syndrome
This aliment now believed to be caused by a fungus, has been identified among Indiana bats wintering approximately 20 miles from Cape Vincent in Glen Park, NY
The Indiana brown bat typically moves between 12 and 40 miles to roost locations.
Acciona’s Indiana bat study found that Cape Vincent provides summer colony habitat, roosting and foraging areas for the Indiana Brown bat their report also documented that there is a maternity roost location in this same area. This is significant because Indiana bats have strong fidelity to summer colony areas, roosts and foraging habitat (USFWS1999). Radio telemetry studies in NY have shown this to be true for maternity roost locations as well where the Indiana bat forms maternity colonies of 20 to 100 members.
The issue of white nose syndrome, and the fact that the Indiana bat is already an endangered species requires great caution since this could become a critical issue for the Indiana bat’s survival.
British Petroleum’s wind development proposed for Cape Vincent has the potential to significantly influence the future survival of the Indiana bat and other bat species as well; the fragmentation of habitat will have a negative effect on an already dwindling bat population.
Within 3/4 of a mile from the shores of Cape Vincent, there already is an operational 86-turbine industrial wind complex on Wolfe Island, Canada. The Clayton, NY, Horse Creek wind farm is proposing to erect 50 turbines and another 77 turbine project is planned for Galoo Island, Before British Petroleum merged their project with Acciona's St. Lawrence wind project they were proposing to erect 96 turbines, recently British Petroleum reported that they are planning on installing fewer turbines of varying sizes and their new array plan has not been released ,the numbers are uncertain , however the impact on the bat population is certain British Petroleum's turbines will be killing these important creatures .
The cumulative effect of the multiple projects must be considered, prior to Acciona's buyout the number of turbines slated for a 25-mile radius of the Indiana Bat hibernacula was 360. Even if the numbers are cut by 100 turbines the impact will on the bat population will be deadly.
These Wind complexes will assault these creatures by fragmenting habitat and destroying foraging ground.
The transmission line routes will also cause more destruction of habitat and foraging areas, most likely causing irreversible damage to this federally protected species.
If British Petroleum is granted a requisite kill permit, they will be permitted to annihilate a species.