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Wind company and farm owner sued over proposed project  

Credit:  CNW - Canada Newswire, www.newswire.ca 18 January 2012 ~~

Wind developer WPD Canada and a farm that signed a lease to host wind turbines are now both being sued. The claim seeks an injunction and $2 million in damages related to the proposed Fairview Wind Farm in Stayner. “This claim seems unique because the owner of the proposed farm is also being sued” said lawyer Eric Gillespie. “Landowners who decide to allow turbines may need to look carefully at their legal position and potential liability” he said.

The claim focuses on alleged devaluation of property. The plaintiff Sylvia Wiggins and husband John listed their home for sale in 2011. Showings started but they say ended shortly after the project was publicized. Recent data shows when a wind company bought out homes near another Ontario project, on resale the company lost almost 35% of their value. “These kinds of things appear to be happening with wind farms. We decided to do something now” said John Wiggins.
For further information:

Eric Gillespie – cell (905) 932-7258 or egillespie@gillespielaw.ca

Source:  CNW - Canada Newswire, www.newswire.ca 18 January 2012

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