January 26, 2011
Canada, Press releases

‘David and Goliath’ legal challenge underway against the global wind industry

The international wind industry will face one of its biggest challenges beginning on February 1, 2011. Canada will be at the centre of a legal battle of global proportions.

In response to a recent approval of an industrial wind development, an appeal has been submitted to a Tribunal (ERT). The appeal is based chiefly on the issue of serious harm to human health from noise and low frequency sound. The appeal raises other issues such as the government’s apparently admitted inability to predict, measure, or assess noise levels.

A compelling and unprecedented witness list has been assembled on all sides. This appears to be the largest single gathering of internationally renowned experts that has taken place on these issues. In all more than 20 experts and specialists in medicine, human health, acoustics and government will be appearing.

The project is owned by Suncor Energy Inc. an “integrated energy company” strategically focused on developing Canada’s oil sands. Suncor’s reported assets at December 31, 2009 were $69,746,000,000.

Suncor’s obvious financial means together with an apparent limitless cash supply for the government of Ontario indicate the resources our opponents have at their disposal.

Therefore, we call upon all concerned citizens around the globe to dig deep into their pockets and contribute to this precedent setting case which will have global repercussions.

What is at stake is nothing less than the future of wind development around the world.

The litany of half-truths and misinformation from wind lobbyists denying the adverse health effects of wind turbines must come to an end. Financial support is what is needed now to fight this case.

We have assembled a staggering amount of evidence and an extraordinary array of international witnesses. The appellants will be calling experts from New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. They include:

– Dr. Michael Nissenbaum, M.D., USA

– Dr. Robert Thorne, PhD, Health Sciences and Acoustics, Australia

– Richard James, INCE ,Acoustician, USA

– Dr. Christopher Hanning, M.D., FRCA, MRCS, LRCP, Sleep Specialist, United Kingdon

– Dr. Robert McMurtry, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C), F.A.C.S., Canada

– Dr. Arline Bronzaft, PhD, Noise and Health Specialist, USA

– Dr. Jeffery Aramini, PhD, Epidemiologist, Canada

– Dr. Carl V. Phillips, PhD, M.P.P., Epidemiology and Public Policy, USA

– Dr. Daniel Shepherd, PhD, Noise and Health Specialist, New Zealand

The government and proponent are also bringing many experts.

Gather up your wind action groups and get involved in raising funds for this internationally ground-breaking legal challenge! We all win if we win this precedent setting case.

Here’s how:

Ø Use this document for any media purposes

Ø Forward to all groups you are connected with

Ø Post this on your websites

Ø Ask everyone you know facing industrial-scale wind developments to make a donation

Ø Donations can be anonymous

Ø Please make your cheque out to :

Douglas Desmond, In Trust

Indicate that the funds are for the “Kent-Breeze Appeal”.


Douglas Desmond, Barrister & Solicitor

PO Box 129,

27 Main St. E

Ridgetown, Ontario, N0P 2C0

Phone: 1-888-674-1955 or Fax: 1-519-674-1957

Office: 1-519-674-1955

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