A lawsuit in the battle over wind turbines in Clearview Township may not have quite the effect that was intended.
Two separate lawsuits filed by neighbours of the properties where eight turbines are slated to be built total 17 million dollars in claims.
But WPD Canada – the company that will build the windmills – says the landowners will not have to pay, even if the lawsuit goes ahead and even if they lose.
A spokesperson for the company, Kevin Surette, says the farmers’ legal expenses are covered, no matter what happens.
He says that coverage is part of the contract made between the farmers and the company.
In one of the lawsuits, a neighbour claims he has not been able to sell his farm for 1.5 million dollars because of the potential for the turbines to be built. John Wiggins and his wife are demanding two million dollars in damages.
In the second lawsuit, more than a dozen other neighbours claim the potential for turbines has dropped their property values.
They’re suing for a total of 15 million dollars.
A public meeting about the turbines is being held Thursday afternoon at the Stayner Community Centre.