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Otter Creek opponents looking for kept promise  

Grassroots protesters, including Water Wells First and Wallaceburg Area Wind Concerns, have been lobbying against the Otter Creek project due to concerns with the impact the construction of the nearby North Kent Wind farm had on water wells due to Kettle Point black shale geology and the shallow aquifer in the area. More than 20 water wells have reported significant amounts of sediments that have clogged up the flow of water during construction and after operation of the wind farm began. The group says this particular shale is known to contain metals such as uranium, arsenic and lead that are harmful to human health. McNaughton wasn't available for comment on the election promise.

Credit:  By David Gough, Postmedia Network | Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | www.chathamthisweek.com ~~

It’s business as usual for the Otter Creek wind farm project, even after a Progressive Conservative government was elected with a majority government on June 7.

One of the major local election promises from Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton was the proposed Otter Creek wind farm would be “dead” if a PC government was elected in the provincial election.

Adam Rosso, director of project development for the Otter Creek Wind Farm project, said they’re committed to building a safe project that will provide clean and affordable energy.

“It will provide a significant source of revenue to both the municipality, the people of Wallaceburg as well as our First Nations partners,” Rosso said. “We are committed to fulfilling that vision and those commitments that we’ve made to both the municipality and our First Nations partners.”

Rosso said they’re willing to demonstrate the value and benefits of the project with any political party that was elected last week and is willing to sit down with McNaughton or Ford to tout the benefits of the project if the politicians are up for it.

“We provide real revenue sources to the people of Wallaceburg, as well as affordable electricity that the province needs,” Rosso said.

Otter Creek will consist of 12 turbines and is a partnership between RES Canada, Boralex Inc. and Walpole Island First Nation.

Grassroots protesters, including Water Wells First and Wallaceburg Area Wind Concerns, have been lobbying against the Otter Creek project due to concerns with the impact the construction of the nearby North Kent Wind farm had on water wells due to Kettle Point black shale geology and the shallow aquifer in the area. More than 20 water wells have reported significant amounts of sediments that have clogged up the flow of water during construction and after operation of the wind farm began. The group says this particular shale is known to contain metals such as uranium, arsenic and lead that are harmful to human health.

McNaughton wasn’t available for comment on the election promise.

Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey, who was also re-elected on Thursday, has raised concerns about the Otter Creek project, telling the Courier Press earlier this year if the Tories formed the government on June 7, the proposed Otter Creek wind farm won’t be permitted to proceed. Bailey said it’s something party leader Doug Ford has also said publicly.

The fact that corporations have already spent a lot of money developing the Otter Creek project, as well as having contracts in place, does not worry Bailey.

“Rightly or wrongly at the end of the day the government holds all the cards,” Bailey said earlier this year.

The Renewable Energy Approval Application for the Otter Creek project is currently under final technical review by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. It’s anticipated that the technical review will be completed soon. Once completed, an REA approval can be issued and construction can begin.

The wind turbines in the Otter Creek wind project are expected to be the tallest wind turbines erected in Canada.

Otter Creek officials said they don’t anticipate much construction in 2018, with most of the Otter Creek wind turbine construction scheduled for 2019.

Information about the project can be found at www.ottercreekwindfarm.ca.

[rest of article available at source]

Source:  By David Gough, Postmedia Network | Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | www.chathamthisweek.com

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