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August 23, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Motion is a deflection: Water Wells First

Calling it a deflection, Water Wells First is slamming a council motion that asked the province to halt wind turbine construction in Chatham-Kent. Council passed the motion, entered by Wallaceburg Coun. Jeff Wesley, on Monday. However, the citizens’ group said it was simply a case of the municipality “running scared” and trying to legally protect itself. “We, who live with this construction around us, feel we are living day to day, moment to moment not knowing when we’ll face the . . .

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August 23, 2017 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Siemens Gamesa cuts 600 further jobs at Aalborg

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced a further round of job cuts at its Aalborg blade plant, affecting 730 employees. SGRE has cut over 1,500 blade manufacturing jobs in 2017. According to local reports, 600 jobs at the site will be lost, with a further 130 roles being redistributed. The move comes just eight months after an initial 150 jobs were cut at the site in February – prior to Siemens’ merger with Gamesa. “We are taking these steps . . .

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August 23, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

MPP supports anti-turbine motion

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton is throwing his support behind a council motion asking the province to halt wind turbine construction until water well issues are investigated. Chatham-Kent council passed the motion, entered by Wallaceburg Coun. Jeff Wesley, on Monday. Five water wells in the North Kent Wind project area, currently under construction by Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy, have been clogged with sediments shortly after recent pile-driving took place for constructing industrial wind turbines. “I’m happy about the motion. . . .

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August 23, 2017 • Ontario, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Canada: Wind farm approval revoked due to human safety concerns

On August 16, 2017 the Environmental Review Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) released its decision in Wiggins v Ontario (Environment and Climate Change), involving a challenge to the grant of a wind turbine farm approval.1 Seven parties, including the Town of Collingwood, the Region of Simcoe2 and the Township of Clearview appealed the approval on the basis that the turbines were too close to the Collingwood Regional Airport (“CRA”) and the Clearview aerodrome, and would cause loss of life. The Tribunal revoked . . .

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August 21, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Siemens Gamesa announces mass layoff at Hutchinson plant

Citing a lack of orders, officials with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on Friday announced a mass layoff of 140 employees at the Hutchinson nacelle plant scheduled for “late September.” “Business volume at this location through the 2018 fiscal year does not support the existing workforce level,” stated a release from the Spain-based multinational corporation. “While we remain strongly committed to the long-term viability of the U.S. wind market, a difficult decision has been made to adjust the workforce by about . . .

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August 19, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Mayor asks province for action on water well issue

Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope today sent a letter to Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Control (MOECC) Chris Ballard, asking for him to take immediate action on complaints from residents with bad wells in the North Kent Wind Farm (NKW1) project area. Hope has been criticized extensively by the local group Water Wells First (WWF), which has been working for the past year to get all levels of government to listen to its concerns about Kettle Point black shale contaminating . . .

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August 19, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Well water advocacy group blockades wind turbine sites in Chatham-Kent

A group of frustrated farmers blockaded three construction sites in Chatham-Kent Thursday to protest provincial inaction on pile driving that they claim is pushing bits of sediment into their drinking water. Members of Water Wells First parked farm equipment in front of locations on Country View and Oldfield Lines around 7 a.m. “The people here in the community just feel like they’re sitting like guinea pigs, waiting to be plucked out and experimented on,” said spokesperson Kevin Jakubec. “The tensions . . .

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August 17, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Protesters block wind-turbine sites

Protesters blocked the entrances to three wind-turbine construction sites near Chatham Thursday morning. The protest group, Water Wells First, has for more than a year been fighting the development of a wind farm they say is causing problems for area residents who depend on wells for their drinking water. Tests at several farms have shown their well water has been harmed since construction began. Three protesters – Brian Leclair, Dave Cameron and Scott Moir – said they intend to block . . .

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August 17, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Water woes continue in North Kent

All the baseline testing done by Paul and Jessica Brooks on their well on Brook Line north of Chatham has allowed them to prove their well was fine before pile driving began north of their home for North Kent Wind Farm project. The Brooks and Water Wells First contacted the media at the start of August after the well on their property became clogged with sediment hours after the pile driving began behind their home. Testing they paid for themselves . . .

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August 14, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Why Somerset is sought for Lighthouse Wind project

Location is everything when it comes to Apex’s siting of the Lighthouse Wind Project. Taylor Quarles, development manager for Apex on the Lighthouse Wind project, said because of the way wind flows between Lakes Erie and Ontario, the area in Somerset and Yates is a good spot for wind turbines. There’s also access to transmission, like electric lines to the grid, within the project area. “This wind project and the coal plant in Barker can easily operate simultaneously, because the . . .

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