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Wind turbine vandalism on the rise  

Credit:  By Dave Flaherty, Goderich Signal-Star | Monday, October 27, 2014 | www.goderichsignalstar.com ~~

Huron County OPP is currently investigating a number of acts of vandalism to wind turbine sites.

The latest reported incident happened between Thurs., Oct. 16 and Fri., Oct. 17 at a construction site on Manley Line in Huron East.

Police said investigation revealed that equipment had been tampered with.

Also on Oct. 18, a wind turbine on Cransford Line in the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh (ACW) suffered damage to its circuit board.

These and other incidents in both municipalities have caused thousands of dollars of damage.

Representatives from two local groups opposed to the wind turbine projects in ACW and Huron East have said they do not condone acts of vandalism.

Gerry Ryan, representative of Huron East Against Turbines (HEAT), said, “HEAT has taken the position to fight this battle against an unjust act, The Green Energy Act, in the courts, which will take place in November.”

Dave Hemingway, president of Safe Wind Energy for All Residents (SWEAR), said, “we do not take a vandalism approach.”

“We try to deal with things in a proper manner,” Hemingway said. “We have no idea who is doing it. We try to do everything peacefully.”

Both HEAT and SWEAR are part of a group that has challenged the wind turbine projects in ACW and Huron East in court.

Earlier in October, a London judge ruled to allow the projects to continue while the challenge is heard in court.

Jay Shukin, a spokesperson for the K2 wind project said they are disturbed by the acts of vandalism, particularly those that could cause safety hazards for workers.

He said they are working with the OPP and always trying to improve security.

He acknowledged there has been an increase of incidents as of late.

Doreen Miller, director of investor relations with Veresen Inc., the company building the St. Columban wind project in Huron East said safety around their projects is a priority.

Source:  By Dave Flaherty, Goderich Signal-Star | Monday, October 27, 2014 | www.goderichsignalstar.com

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