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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


August 16, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Lawyers to review 2,000 pages of documents in CK water contamination case

The environmental case against an Ontario ministry, minister, and wind companies over tainted well water is being pushed back to give lawyers a chance to review thousands of pages worth of information related to the charges. Dozens of people packed the Provincial Offence Court in Blenheim Wednesday morning as the case went before the court for the first time since the charges were laid on July 12. Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s minister of the environment, as well as the Environment Ministry . . . Complete story »


August 15, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Court adjourned until October for wind turbine, Environmental Protection Act charges

Court proceedings in a controversial fight between Chatham-Kent residents and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks have been adjourned until October 30. The province and three wind turbine companies have been charged under the Environmental Protection Act. The Ontario Court of Justice determined in July there were grounds to believe environmental offences had been committed. Residents claim their drinking water has been contaminated by the construction and development of wind turbine farms in Chatham-Kent. Eric Gillespie, a Toronto-based . . . Complete story »


August 14, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Yurek responds to turbine court claim

Charges filed against three wind farm companies with projects in Chatham-Kent, and the provincial government by a Chatham-Kent resident are being heard in court this week, and although he declined comment initially, the current Environment Minister wanted to set the record straight. In an e-mail to the media, Minister Jeff Yurek said he wanted to “clarify” details being reported about the charges brought by Christine Burke to a Justice of the Peace regarding her issues with a well contaminated with . . . Complete story »


August 10, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Minister responds to being named in wind turbine charges

Ontario’s environment minister, Jeff Yurek, has responded to being named in recent charges regarding environmental offences allegedly committed at several wind turbine projects in Chatham-Kent. The private prosecution charges are under section 14 of the Environmental Protection Act and were submitted by Christine Burke, a Chatham-Kent resident, according to the court summons document. The Ontario Court of Justice determined there were reasonable grounds to believe that environmental offences had been committed. Yurek is accused in one document of failing to . . . Complete story »


August 8, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

North Stormont residents fuming over inadequate Nation Rise notifications

NORTH STORMONT – Some residents continue to be frustrated with construction of the Nation Rise Wind Farm, saying construction notifications are not being posted in a timely and adequate manner. Rainer Pethke, a farmer on County Road 9, was fixing the fence at the back of his property last week when he saw Clarke construction performing soil stabilization across the back end of his property for an access road for turbine 28. Pethke returned home to check the Nation Rise website . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Province, turbine firms face EPA charges

After years of dirty, undrinkable water, a Chatham-Kent woman will get her day in court after bringing her complaint about wind farms turbines contaminating her well water to a Justice of the Peace. According to previously published media reports, on July 12 an Ontario Justice of the Peace determined there are “reasonable and probable grounds” to bring charges under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) against Ontario Environment Minister Jeff Yurek, the Ministry of the Environment and three industrial wind companies . . . Complete story »


July 29, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Hard to predict outcome of environmental charges, says prof

A University of Windsor professor says it’s difficult to predict the outcome of Environmental Protection Act charges laid against Ontario’s environment minister, ministry staff, as well as three wind energy companies operating in Chatham-Kent. Lydia Miljan, an associate professor of political science, said the situation is complicated by the fact that the government is effectively suing itself. “It’s hard to predict how the [Ontario Progressive Conservative government is] going to respond to it,” said Miljan. “It might be an easy . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario ministry, minister & wind companies charged for failing to prevent tainted well water

Years of tainted, undrinkable well water in Chatham-Kent has led to several environmental charges being laid against a provincial ministry, its minister, and three industrial wind companies operating within the municipality. An Ontario Justice of the Peace has determined on July 12 that there are reasonable and probable grounds to lay charges under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) against Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s minister of the environment, the Environment Ministry and the three industrial wind companies – Pattern Energy Group, Samsung Renewable . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario environment minister, wind companies charged under Environmental Protection Act

TORONTO – Ontario’s environment minister, government staff and three wind companies have been charged with offences under the province’s Environmental Protection Act. The charges stem from a private prosecution launched last week by Chatham-Kent, Ont., resident Christine Burke, who alleges work on several wind projects that began in 2017 contaminated her home’s well water. Burke alleges that the minister, government officials, and the companies violated the law for failing to take “reasonable care” to prevent the contamination as the wind farms . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Province, wind turbine companies charged under Environmental Protection Act

The Ontario Court of Justice has determined there are “reasonable and probable grounds” to believe environmental offences have been committed by Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, ministry staff and three industrial wind companies in Chatham-Kent. According to court documents, the charges come from the Environmental Protection Act. Eric Gillespie, a Toronto-based lawyer, represents complainants who have been experiencing problems with their water wells. “When somebody believes there has been an offence committed, they can go directly to the courts,” said . . . Complete story »


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