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Call for turbine moratorium gets louder

MITCHELL’S BAY – A renewed call for an immediate moratorium on industrial wind turbine construction will be made Thursday by two area politicians.

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MP Bev Shipley and MPP Monte McNaughton have scheduled a 9:30 a.m. media conference on Bear Line.

The media event will take place at the home of former federal Liberal MP Rex Crawford.

A spokesperson for McNaughton said the two elected officials want all turbine construction to halt until results of a federal health study on the impacts of turbines has been tabled.

That study, announced earlier this fall, is expected to take two years to complete.

The spokesman said there is also growing concern about the devaluation of property as a result of the rapid proliferation of wind turbines in Chatham-Kent and throughout southwestern Ontario.

A group of residents in the former Dover Township have filed a $9 million lawsuit against International Power Canada Inc. and East Lake St. Clair Wind Inc. over the installation of 55 wind turbines along the Lake St. Clair shoreline from Wallaceburg to the Thames River.

The resident’s Toronto-based lawyer Eric Gillespie is also representing LaSalle homeowners who recently filed a $10 million claim against River Canard Energy Inc and Pajot Farms Inc., based on two industrial wind turbines off Disputed Road.

Gillespie has said the claim is based on a “substantial reduction in property value caused by, among other causes, non-natural use of neighbouring properties as well as visual and acoustic trespass.”

The claims have not been proven in court.