Construction of a giant wind turbine project in Huron County will go on after a judge denied a work stoppage proposed by concerned local residents.
Superior Court Justice Lynne Leitch, in a written decision, sided with the K2 and St. Columban projects, saying any harm caused by what’s said to be one of the largest wind projects in Ontario would be remedied if local residents are successful in their constitutional arguments set for November.
Should the residents win in the divisional court, the companies would have to decommission the projects immediately. Until then, Leitch said, she’s satisfied they weren’t causing “irreparable harm” while being constructed.
The application to stop construction was made in London last month.
The two projects – one near Goderich and one near St. Columban – involve erecting 140 turbines.
Families living near the projects who have already complained about noise and disruptions, are to argue the potential for serious harm to human health from the approvals made by the Energy Review Tribunal in July.
Health Canada is study into possible health problems caused by turbines, but concerns have not been proven.
Several other communities facing large turbine construction are watching the case closely.
There are 6,800 turbines in Ontario, 1,900 along the Lake Huron shoreline from Sarnia to Tobermory.
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