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Turbine proposal could face more legal action 

Credit:  Michael Gennings, Staff, www.simcoe.com 8 February 2012 ~~

STAYNER – There could be more legal action against WPD Canada and Beattie Brothers regarding the wind turbine development that is proposed near Stayner.

WPD is the company that wants to erect eight turbines on land that would be leased from the Beattie Brothers.

More than 50 landowners against the project met at the Nottawasaga Community Centre in Duntroon on Saturday, Feb. 4 to discuss their options.

Sylvia Wiggins and her husband John own a property on Nottawasaga Concession 6 North and are leading the legal fight against WPD and Beattie Brothers.

The couple has filed a $2-million lawsuit against WPD and Beattie Brothers and is seeking an injunction against the wind turbine project.

The claim focuses on the alleged devaluation of the Wiggins’ property.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

A news release issued on Feb. 4 by John Wiggins and fellow local property owner Kevin Elwood says that at the meeting in Duntroon the people in attendance discussed entering into similar lawsuits as the Wiggins.

There was also discussion about starting a class action lawsuit.

The residents have now decided to seek legal advice.

“A legal win will open the door for all affected Ontario landowners to lay similar claims,” said John Wiggins. “All over the world we are learning that the wheels are coming off industrial wind turbines and the McGuinty government and the wind industry should take note.”

Source:  Michael Gennings, Staff, www.simcoe.com 8 February 2012

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