Wind Power News: Ontario
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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 . . .
The frustration is palpable as Wayne and Valerie Brooksbank wait for staff from Aecom, the engineering firm hired by the developers of the North Kent 1 Wind project, to arrive to test their water well, which has suddenly gone bad. The Chatham Township couple have samples of sediment-filled water and a filthy well filter that’s clogged with sediment, along with more than $4,000 in independent tests results to provide as proof of what happened to the once crystal-clear water that . . .
Some councillors “fed up and frustrated” over water well problems experienced by some residents living near wind turbine construction will call on Chatham-Kent council on Monday to take action. Wallaceburg Coun. Jeff Wesley, who is drafting the motion, said it will include calling for halting construction of the North Kent Wind project if there isn’t enough progress on the issue by the Sept. 11 council meeting. “There’s no second chances on this stuff,” he said. Five water wells in the . . .
Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope is calling on the new Minister of Environment and Climate Control, Chris Ballard, to intervene to address water well quality issues in relation to the North Kent 1 wind project. A copy of the letter the mayor wrote to the minister was released Friday afternoon, a day after blockades were set up at three wind turbine construction sites in Chatham Township by members of Water Wells First after five water wells have shown impacts from nearby . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
The Environmental Review Tribunal has ruled to revoke the approval for a 500-foot-tall wind turbines in an area near the Collingwood Regional Airport. “This is a massive win,” said John Wiggins, who filed the original appeal against the Ministry of Environment’s decision to grant WPD Canada a renewable energy approval for the eight-turbine Fairview Wind project in March, 2016. In a decision released Aug. 16, Dirk Vanderbent and Hugh Wilkins, who oversaw the appeal and subsequent remedy hearing for Fairview . . .
In a statement, Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper expressed her relief with the decision. “We are extremely happy with the decision issued today,” said Cooper. “The town has long expressed concern with the proposed turbines, particularly over the safety of aircraft utilizing our regional airport, and we’re pleased to see that the Environmental Review Tribunal has agreed that this is a serious harm to human health.”
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 . . .
On Wednesday night, Loyalist Township approved the operations plan for the controversial project that will see 26 wind turbines on Amherst Island. There’s about 60 kilometres of road on Amherst Island. Windlectric Inc., a subsidiary of Algonquin Power, plans to reconstruct a third of them for their wind turbine project. Construction already started earlier this year, long before the council vote, including an area for aggregate storage. Amy Caughey’s family has lived on the island for more than 150 years. . . .