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Lawyer says wind farm appeal could set precedent, prehearing set for Tuesday  

Credit:  The Canadian Press, www.winnipegfreepress.com 10 January 2011 ~~

CHATHAM, Ont. – A lawyer says the outcome of an appeal of a wind farm planned for the Thamesville, Ont., area could be precedent-setting.

Construction of the eight-turbine Kent Breeze Wind Farm is underway, despite the appeal filed with the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal.

A prehearing is scheduled at the Chatham Civic Centre on Tuesday to lay out the framework for the matter.

Lawyer Eric Gillespie, who represents Chatham-Kent Wind Action Group and local resident Katie Erickson, says the applicants are concerned about the impacts of the wind farm on human health.

He says experts from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom are expected to provide evidence on both sides of the question.

Gillespie adds it’s the first appeal under the Green Energy Act.

“Given that it is the first and given the scope of the hearing, I think most observers are predicting that it will be, relatively speaking, precedent-setting for future appeals in this area,” Gillespie said.

The tribunal will last at least seven days beginning Feb. 1. (CFCO)

Source:  The Canadian Press, www.winnipegfreepress.com 10 January 2011

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