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August 16, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind debate stirs tensions in Barre

During the public comment period, members of the public were very unhappy with the development of the Heritage Wind project as well as the town board, continuing to not only voice their disapproval over the project and how the current proposed windmills will be higher than the town ordinance. In particular, Barbara Verburg noted the supervisor’s letter to the editor in the Orleans Hub on June 27, which said the town board was just having a meeting with representatives of Heritage Wind to discuss concerns over the reimbursement agreement and further discussion over the host agreement. That it wasn’t done and there will be more discussions. “That is not the story as it happened, and you know that,” she said. “I am disgusted how we are trying to change what is true. People in this town voted you in. People in this town wanted you there to be a voice for them and you’re lying to them. That is unbelievable.” Complete story »


August 16, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Lawyers to review 2,000 pages of documents in CK water contamination case

The environmental case against an Ontario ministry, minister, and wind companies over tainted well water is being pushed back to give lawyers a chance to review thousands of pages worth of information related to the charges. Dozens of people packed the Provincial Offence Court in Blenheim Wednesday morning as the case went before the court for the first time since the charges were laid on July 12. Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s minister of the environment, as well as the Environment Ministry . . . Complete story »


August 15, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Court adjourned until October for wind turbine, Environmental Protection Act charges

Court proceedings in a controversial fight between Chatham-Kent residents and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks have been adjourned until October 30. The province and three wind turbine companies have been charged under the Environmental Protection Act. The Ontario Court of Justice determined in July there were grounds to believe environmental offences had been committed. Residents claim their drinking water has been contaminated by the construction and development of wind turbine farms in Chatham-Kent. Eric Gillespie, a Toronto-based . . . Complete story »


August 14, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Lakeshore residents re-organizing, as 50 wind farm generators expected

There is no plan for wind generators off-shore from southern Erie County, but opponents are organizing just in case. A firm called Diamond Wind is expected to file for at least 50 generators in the lake next month, when as a window for wind farm applications opens. The small group meeting Tuesday evening at the Southtowns Walleye Association in Hamburg is a successor to GLOW, the group that fought windmills in Lake Erie a decade ago. Some of the people . . . Complete story »


August 14, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Yurek responds to turbine court claim

Charges filed against three wind farm companies with projects in Chatham-Kent, and the provincial government by a Chatham-Kent resident are being heard in court this week, and although he declined comment initially, the current Environment Minister wanted to set the record straight. In an e-mail to the media, Minister Jeff Yurek said he wanted to “clarify” details being reported about the charges brought by Christine Burke to a Justice of the Peace regarding her issues with a well contaminated with . . . Complete story »


August 10, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Minister responds to being named in wind turbine charges

Ontario’s environment minister, Jeff Yurek, has responded to being named in recent charges regarding environmental offences allegedly committed at several wind turbine projects in Chatham-Kent. The private prosecution charges are under section 14 of the Environmental Protection Act and were submitted by Christine Burke, a Chatham-Kent resident, according to the court summons document. The Ontario Court of Justice determined there were reasonable grounds to believe that environmental offences had been committed. Yurek is accused in one document of failing to . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Collins calls wind turbines in Lake Erie ‘devastating’ to border security

Constructing 50 wind turbines off Lake Erie’s New York shoreline would be “devastating” to border security in the region, Rep. Chris Collins said Tuesday. Collins held a news conference outside the U.S. Customs and Border Protection offices in Grand Island to call attention to a proposal from Diamond Wind, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, to build offshore wind turbines in Lake Erie. The turbines, if constructed, would be an estimated 460 feet tall and extend from Buffalo’s Southtowns toward the Pennsylvania . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Province, turbine firms face EPA charges

After years of dirty, undrinkable water, a Chatham-Kent woman will get her day in court after bringing her complaint about wind farms turbines contaminating her well water to a Justice of the Peace. According to previously published media reports, on July 12 an Ontario Justice of the Peace determined there are “reasonable and probable grounds” to bring charges under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) against Ontario Environment Minister Jeff Yurek, the Ministry of the Environment and three industrial wind companies . . . Complete story »


July 29, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Hard to predict outcome of environmental charges, says prof

A University of Windsor professor says it’s difficult to predict the outcome of Environmental Protection Act charges laid against Ontario’s environment minister, ministry staff, as well as three wind energy companies operating in Chatham-Kent. Lydia Miljan, an associate professor of political science, said the situation is complicated by the fact that the government is effectively suing itself. “It’s hard to predict how the [Ontario Progressive Conservative government is] going to respond to it,” said Miljan. “It might be an easy . . . Complete story »


July 29, 2019 • Opinions, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Residents raise concerns over turbine project

There is currently an industrial wind turbine project proposed for Packer Township and Nesquehoning Borough which will be located on the top of the Broad Mountain. The project, 21 turbines, most up to 656 feet tall (possibly the largest turbines in the U.S. to date), has been presented by Liberty Power, Ontario, Canada, as a potential advantage for the residents and environment. As concerned residents of Packer Township, we feel that it will have a huge negative impact on our . . . Complete story »


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