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August 19, 2017 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico

Cain Lopez looks tiny standing near the seven enormous wind turbines that tower over his farm in the Mexican village of La Ventosa. In this gusty rural region near the Pacific coast, the wind is so strong it sometimes flips over cars and even trailer trucks. Lopez always considered it a curse, until an international energy company came along and said it wanted to build these 40-meter (130-foot) wind turbines on his land, offering him a small fortune by local . . .

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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

Another water well goes bad

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 . . .

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August 19, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Mayor calls for intervention on well water issue

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 . . .

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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 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Giant wind turbines are causing health problems, claim villagers

A west coast community is in dispute with a major power company over giant wind turbines that are allegedly causing health problems. Residents of Fairlie, near Largs, claim that turbines at the UK’s only offshore wind turbine test site have caused dizziness, sickness, headaches and sleep disturbance. But the local health authority said it is “unlikely” that the wind turbines are the cause of symptoms experienced by individuals. The National Offshore Wind Turbine Test Facility is run by Scottish Southern . . .

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August 14, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Giant turbines at testing site damage our health, claim neighbours

People living in the shadow of the UK’s only test site for offshore wind turbines are opposing a bid to extend its licence amid claims that the facility is to blame for their ill-health. The National Offshore Wind Turbine Test Facility at Hunterston, North Ayrshire, is run by SSE, the energy company. Its licence expires in October but SSE wants to extend operations by two years. North Ayrshire planning councillors will consider the request on August 23. SSE has already . . .

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August 14, 2017 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

‘Wind farms that lie idle and get millions’

More than £300m has been paid in compensation for wind turbines to lie idle in Scotland, sparking calls for an end to the green energy “subsidy junket”. John Constable, director of the Renewable Energy Foundation, claims that since 2011, about £328m has been paid to wind farms not to generate – most of them in Scotland. In an article online, Constable argues that Scotland’s 3,000 wind turbines produce more energy than is needed north of the border. The remoteness of many . . .

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August 12, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Acton couple charged with fraud allegedly received more than $8m in clean energy grants

An Acton couple is facing charges that they tried to defraud the federal government of more than $50 million in clean energy grants from the economic stimulus bill that was passed in response to the Great Recession, according to the US attorney’s office. Christopher N. Condron, 45, and Jessica Metivier, 41, allegedly received grants totaling more than $8 million from the program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. They have been indicted on one count of conspiracy . . .

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