January 04, 2019

Syncrude fined $2.75M for 31 bird deaths (but green energy wind turbines get a pass)

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

In 2015, thirty-one blue herons were found dead or dying in a tailings pond at the Mildred Lake mine north of Fort McMurray. As a result, Syncrude was charged with failing to properly store a hazardous substance under Alberta law and faced federal charges under the Migratory Birds Convention Act.

After more than three years of litigation, Syncrude has agreed to pay a fine amounting to nearly $89,000 per bird.

Birds are expensive when they’re killed by energy projects - but not all energy projects.

Today I'll take a look at the bird and bat deaths in Alberta over a seven month period in 2015, using the wind energy industry's own data.

Based on those numbers, and if the same rules were applied, I found that the wind energy industry would owe $940M in fines.

Wouldn't it be great if the slap chop blades of renewable energy were subject to the same penalties as other other energy projects when birds meet an untimely death?

Actually, hold that thought.

The public can’t afford the expensive green energy subsidies that would be needed to help wind companies pay those fines!

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commented 2019-01-10 17:35:46 -0500
So William. I suggest you lack consistency in your writings and get your left/right mixed up. Here’s a quote . . .

Taylor introduces yet another historian holding similar views and then adds that contemporary field research shows unmistakable overlaps between modern extreme right-wing groups and an environmentalist “religion of nature.”

Nazi’s were Left Wing Socialsts – not conservatives. There’s no such thing as a conservative exremist. If you take conservativism as far as you can, you simply end up with a Libertarian like Max Bernier. Hardly an extremist. Others, like Richard Spencer, aren’t conservatives. He’s a mess is all he is. Policies from all over the map!
commented 2019-01-09 23:34:30 -0500
William. I look forwrd to reading your book. It’s obvious when you do your homework you know your stuff. You are however, wrong on all counts, and Peter is on the money.

Lefty tactic #1 – infiltrate and hi-jack! They’ve not just done it to the conservative parties but to the country as a whole. To suggest conservative and ndp are the same is ludicrous, as they’re polar opposites! Leaving the only other option – they’d been infiltrated, for which I blame the Conservatives, as they seem slow to pick up on Lefty tactics and counter them. Even to this day.

To suggest Sheila is secretly bucking for a job elsewhere like lefty journalists bucking for a job a CBC, almost sounds a tad bitter. Did you fail to get a job at Rebel and are lashing out? Don’t undermine your own credibility my friend. You’ve done good work and we appreciate it. Cheers!
commented 2019-01-07 20:16:32 -0500
Whats the purpose of them paying a fine for Bird dying? Yes, I agree thry should be made to do something for the bird that were kind due to unnatural ways of any kind but paying the government this money is doing nothing for the birds that have died or will die. These companies including the wind turbine companies and such should be made to make and fix up a proper sanctuary for these birds in random locations that are safe for them and always will be safe for them. Paying a fine to the government for a bird dying is just as bad as paying the carbon tax to the government. It gets nothing accomplished. Can’t stop bird from dying just by paying money, as well as you can’t fix global warming by paying money. Especially to government that are only concerned with lining their own pockets and bringing people in that are only here to change Canada to what they had in their home country.
commented 2019-01-07 18:14:36 -0500
William, okay, you are not Jimmy Da SIlva, but you blabber like him.

“Conservative policies are very similar to NDP policies. "
No, they are not. Stelmach & Redford were not Conservatives, they were CINOs (Conservative in Name Only). That is why they were voted out. Try not to confuse actual Conservative policies with the red Tories of the old Alberta PC party.

“Kenney is cut from the same cloth (perhaps some lace fringe).”

That is debatable. I do not agree. He is more to the center than I would like, but he is not the same as Stelmach or Redford.

“The only logical explanation for Sheila’s hysterical bias is that she believes she has a shot at some media relations gig in Kenney’s government.”

I am not here to defend Sheila, but to correct your hyperbole.
1. She was not hysterical. Is hyperbole something you majored in?
2. She provided factual evidence to support her position, something they do on The Rebel most of the time.
commented 2019-01-07 10:42:58 -0500
Peter: Again I am accused of being someone else. I’ve been commenting on The Rebel since day one. I used to blog for The Rebel. Below is a recent appearance on mine on Ezra’s show. No mystery.

It is irrational to treat similar things differently. Conservative policies are very similar to NDP policies. Stelmach and Redford advanced costly pro-green, pro-climate policies. Kenney is cut from the same cloth (perhaps some lace fringe). Notley’s greatest outrage to date – cuts to oil production – came AFTER Kenney called for LARGER cuts.

Thus the upcoming provincial election is not a policy battle. The only people with skin in the game are those few hundred folks who stand to gain or lose comfy government berths.

Sheila engages in systematic, one-sided, third party advertising for the UCP. Do you think she honestly believes Kenney will get pipelines built? Is he going to advance a socially conservative agenda? Or, even a fiscally conservative agenda? (He was a big spending federal minister.)

The only logical explanation for Sheila’s hysterical bias is that she believes she has a shot at some media relations gig in Kenney’s government. Why else, Peter?
commented 2019-01-07 07:41:57 -0500
William Kay said, “We viewers are to be conned into thinking this is an NDP foible and not a Uni-party standard.”

William Kay, Sheila did not say that it was the NDP enacted these laws.

She did compare the stats from the government website (data which was posted while the NDP are in power and therefore responsible for) against the industry stats and found a serious discrepancy.

It is you who are being disingenuous, not Sheila.

Then William went on to accuse Sheila, “… having her sites on the six-figure salary she will pull-down as a Communications Adviser in Queen Kenney’s reign …”

Where do you get this information? Has Sheila indicated in any way whatsoever that she is “applying for a job” in the upcoming Kenny government, or are you just being a liar?

You sound a lot like Jimmy Da Silva, a known lying hate filled troll on this website.

Jimmy, is that you with a brand spanking new alias?
commented 2019-01-06 00:20:11 -0500
Glenn Craig: I’m sorry I don’t understand your message.

Hewgill: Yes, you get it. Kenney may be worse than Notley! That’s a sorry state of affairs.

If Alberta had a rational, cost-benefit based approach to electricity generation there would be ZERO wind turbines. In all likely-hood Alberta electricity would 100% coal-fired and it would be the cheapest juice in the world. Instead, we are getting a coal phase-out courtesy the climate policies of Stephan Harper’s Conservative government wherein Jason Kenney was a ranking cabinet minister.

Jason Kenney is the most dishonest politician on the contemporary Canadian stage. For 20 years he masqueraded as a devout Catholic family guy in front of his conservative Christian Calgary constituents only to jet back to Ottawa to flaunt the flamboyant lifestyle of a homosexual dandy. He is a thoroughly deceitful, untrustworthy dirt-bag. Sheila knows this but prefers to look into the camera and lie.
commented 2019-01-05 20:07:02 -0500
GLENN CRAIG commented: “they shout “LA GYELO” (Heaven is victorious)”

Glen, in gurkhali (i.e. nepalese language) ‘la gyelo’ would mean ‘here they come’.

As there are no species of turkey (or Swan) found on Indian subcontinent (including Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet) I guess your friend’s neighbour, who apparently is a devout hindu or buddhist from Nepal, got his turkey (or a flock of Swan) confused with a Crane (Demoiselle & Common), hence their aversion to eating the bird.
The people from that region (Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, & parts of Nepal) predominantly follow Buddhism so consider both the species of Crane as sacred. They won’t kill or consume a Crane. The migration of these birds coincide with the change of season, for them the arrival of these birds means winters would follow soon.
Demoiselle Cranes generally breeds & spend summers in Pamirs and beyond but there’s a population of few thousand birds which nests and spend summers in central Bhutan (including some adjoining valleys of Tibet & Ladakh). There, away from any persecution, they’ve become so accustomed to human presence that it’s a common sight to see these birds following farmers around their fields or playing with children.
Now with some nepalese, especially the men who has served in the indian army, it’s a complete different story. They’re more practical in their eating habits & won’t mind consuming anything which crawls, walk, swim or fly.
commented 2019-01-05 19:48:25 -0500
WILLIAM KAY commented 5 hours ago
Dirk: Alberta saw its first commercial wind turbine in 1993. Of the 901 turbines currently operating in Alberta around 70% went into service before May 2015 (Notley’s election) and an even larger had already been approved.

Yeah, there are more windmills in Alberta now than there are drilling rigs, and not one of those windmills has created even one cent of original wealth. But that’s not what’s important to these chowder head conservatives. Beating up and shaking down what used to be Alberta’s largest industry, putting up ripoff windmills and marching in filth parades is at the top of their list. They would be any better than the NDP and in some aspects they’re likely to be worse. Kenny will huff and puff and put on an act, but that’s all it will be.
commented 2019-01-05 18:55:04 -0500
Another important fact to consider: According to IUCN conservation status Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a ‘Least Concerned’ specie, i.e. their numbers are stable or growing & the specie does not require any special protection.
Now, compare this to the species of birds killed by various wind & solar energy projects; a study done a while ago found that wind turbines & solar cells are becoming a major cause of death among several species of Raptors, which in most cases have ‘Threatened’ status.
commented 2019-01-05 18:28:08 -0500
@William Kay….yeah this is an example of Don Quixote tilting at windmills…but the point being made is that the right always seem to be held to much higher standards than the left…and the GAIA cult is oh so quick to damn anything oil related and oh so willing to absolve anything not oil related….

Why is it OK to break a bird’s right wing but woe unto he who breaks it’s left wing? And don’t be obteuse and act like I am the only one who noticed.
commented 2019-01-05 18:05:41 -0500
I think the Rebel should crowd fund the purchase of as many Hacksaws as possible and then all the Rebels can go out on a Turbine Safari. We can then take the remains of the fallen turbines an stack them all over Notley’s house.
commented 2019-01-05 14:43:34 -0500
Dirk: Alberta saw its first commercial wind turbine in 1993. Of the 901 turbines currently operating in Alberta around 70% went into service before May 2015 (Notley’s election) and an even larger had already been approved.
commented 2019-01-05 12:39:29 -0500
Yeah of course , the windmills magically appeared when the ndp is in charge but the cons did it.
commented 2019-01-05 12:19:58 -0500
The laws Syncrude broke, and the exemptions to those laws afforded wind turbine operators, were unanimously passed by the Conservative Party of Alberta. The Federal Conservatives under Harper approved similar laws and exemptions. This issue enjoys cross-party consensus. The laws ARE unfair but if one accepts the big Climate Change lie then punishing oil production and boosting wind power are desirable policy outcomes.

To spin this issue as a partisan divide, as Sheila does, is to engage in sleazy manipulation. We viewers are to be conned into thinking this is an NDP foible and not a Uni-party standard. Sheila knows better but, having her sites on the six-figure salary she will pull-down as a Communications Adviser in Queen Kenney’s reign, she is only too eager to engage in relentless, unregistered (hence unlawful) third party advertising to win this plum.
Apres sa le deluge!
commented 2019-01-05 07:22:05 -0500
Areas good for wind choppers are also the routes used by migratory birds.
The law suit over the woolly mammoth that fell in the tar pit is on going. The neanderthal cave man should have fenced off the pit and covered it with a roof.
Several mammoths killed during the annual migration are to be roasted at the local fire pit today.
commented 2019-01-04 22:32:45 -0500
Good point Dirk Kanis… If the law can be “selective” about which mode of bird and bat deaths is to be “fined”, then why not let hunters near wind farms be “selective” about which targets they just happen to zero in on?… And anecdotal information from across Canada indicates that is indeed what is going on….
commented 2019-01-04 20:36:07 -0500


I am an avid bird watcher. …and I live in one of the most active flight paths of migratory birds in all of North America….seeing flights of Canada geese of forty or more birds is almost a daily event….and when I see them…I think of Tibet (or that family of Nepalese imigrants displaced by the earthquakes who live next door to my dear friend)…when they see the swans fly over like that they shout “LA GYELO” (Heaven is victorious)…when their landlord left them a turkey for christmas…they mistakenly assumed it was a goose and declined to cook and eat it until I explained to them that it was a big dumb meat bird that cannot fly…;-)


The unjust double standard that Skeila shed light on here is not lost on me.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn defined tyrany as being ruled by those who have no fear of God in Heaven.
commented 2019-01-04 19:45:31 -0500
Good point, Sheila. Wind turbines kill so many birds and bats each year. If Syncrude gets fined, why not other energy producers. Fair is fair, right? I posed the same question to my NDP MLA but I’m sure he’ll ignore my letter.
commented 2019-01-04 19:44:03 -0500
I’d say we should go target practice on those windmills to protect the birds.
commented 2019-01-04 18:56:18 -0500
Another good topic, well done Sheila. Seems like what is good for the Goose ain’t always good for the Gander. Birds all have two wings and most of them use them for flying. If they fly to a polluted pond and die the Devil called oil will have to pay but if they fly into a turbine they go to bird heaven for free. Perhaps the politicians are trying to save the taxpayer money…….Smells like Motley Notley to me.
commented 2019-01-04 18:55:18 -0500
Sheila, all good enviroweenies know that those are facts are from those evil capitalist conservatives. The “true” facts are that green energy is holy and righteous … praise be to Gaia … and anyone who disagrees is obviously a racist, bigoted, transphobic, Islamophobic, naturaphobic Nazi.