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David versus Goliath battle bubbling over 

Credit:  July 4, 2013 | www.theobserver.ca ~~

Re: NextEra vs Esther Wrightman

If there ever was a typical David and Goliath struggle this is it.

Esther Wrightman lives in the municipality of Adelaide-Metcalfe and is a full-time mom to two young children, she supports her family financially working at her parents’ nursery. She represents a modest hard working rural grass roots citizen of Ontario who receives few breaks in life.

She is fearful of the intrusion of giant wind turbines around the house that she and her family live in. She has been a thorn in the side of wind developer NextEra for the past few years as she stands up and fights to protect the health and ‘well being’ of her family.

NextEra is a huge multi-national energy developer owned by Florida Power and Light. They are very good at going where there are guaranteed subsidy dollars to develop industrial wind farms on a huge scale. They have deep pockets and a multitude of resources such as lobbyists, lawyers and public relations staff. They are here because our present provincial government has turned them loose on rural Ontario.

Apparently NextEra’s ‘nose is out of joint’ because Esther used a little poetic license referring to NextEra in a derogatory way with some of her writings and videos as she protested the actions of NextEra and the proliferation of industrial wind turbines. These were posted on the ‘Ontario Wind Resistance‘ website and on YouTube.

When NextEra demanded Esther to cease and desist she refused and stood her ground. She is passionate about this issue and was not about to be bullied into submission.

Believe it or not, NextEra decided to sue Esther. She has no resources to fight this on her own but with support of many and pro bono advice from legal counsel she is not backing down and will represent herself in court.

Good luck NextEra, as you now have to deal with the image of a corporate bully as well as the historic anti-wind backlash from rural Ontario.

This is yet another sad result of the misguided policy of our provincial government ramming unwanted, unnecessary and unviable industrial wind turbines down the throat of rural residents.

She is receiving encouragement from other victims of wind turbines from all over the world as well as here in Ontario. Esther, you are an inspiration to all of us as you stand up for what you believe is right, without thought of giving up when confronted with overwhelming odds against you. Good on you girl.

Roy Merkley

Grand Bend

Source:  July 4, 2013 | www.theobserver.ca

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