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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are reproduced here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

June 6, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Pressure applied at Queen’s Park for C-K water wells probe

Marilynn St. Pierre travelled Wednesday from the Mitchell’s Bay area to Queen’s Park to ask the Progressive Conservative government to honour a promise to look into water problems in the north area of Chatham-Kent. “My water supply is horribly polluted with black shale,” St. Pierre said. “Premier Ford knows this. In fact, Mr. Ford took decisive action to solve this problem.” The citizens group Water Wells First began raising concerns three years ago about the potential impact the construction and . . . Complete story »

June 5, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

CK residents feel ‘left behind’ on PC campaign promise

It has been a year since the Ford government has taken power but residents in Chatham-Kent are still left waiting on an important promise to be delivered. The issue of contaminated well water in Chatham-Kent came up at Queen’s Park on Wednesday. Essex MPP Taras Natyshak questioned Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton on why an impartial health hazard investigation into the contaminated well water in North Kent hasn’t been done yet. McNaughton had made the promise to have the investigation . . . Complete story »

May 28, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm ordered to reduce noise

The K2 Wind farm in Huron County needs to make some changes, the Ministry of Environment has ordered. Pattern Energy must fix noise issues with their turbines, after noise testing found some of the turbines were “out of compliance.” The order is vindication for Mike and Carla Stachura, who have been complaining about noisy turbines near their Dungannon area home for more than four years. K2 Wind, which consists of 140 turbines, must now fix the noise issues either by . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines: Are they truly terrible or an unfounded fear?

Saturday, the middle of the Easter weekend, was a mild day in comparison to most this spring. Kathy Parent says she and her husband – they live in the Ballyduff Road area in Manvers Township – were working in their garage when they heard an unusually loud noise. “We looked around outside and couldn’t figure out what it was at first … our neighbour said that she was in her barn with the horses and it frightened them.” Others in the neighbourhood . . . Complete story »

April 23, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine heavily damaged in City of Kawartha Lakes

A 5,400-kilogram blade on a wind turbine exploded and shredded near Pontypool in the City of Kawartha Lakes on Saturday morning. Officials are investigating after a wind turbine in the City of Kawartha Lakes was heavily damaged on the weekend. On Saturday morning around 9 a.m., residents of the community of Pontypool reported a loud screeching noise. They discovered one of the blades on a huge wind turbine was bent. Some of the 45-metre-long blade fell to the ground. John . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine blade explodes on Wild Turkey Road near Pontypool

KAWARTHA LAKES – Neighbours of the Sumac Ridge Wind farm on Wild Turkey Road say they heard a grinding sound followed by a loud explosion this morning. When they looked out they saw one of the blades on a turbine was shredded. The Sumac Ridge Wind Project is a 10.25 megawatt (MW) wind project with five turbines that were connected to the grid and began producing power in October 2017. It is considered a Class 4 wind facility, and will . . . Complete story »

April 21, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

UPDATE: Wind turbine company investigating cause of blade failure near Pontypool

Officials with WPD Canada, the company behind the Sumac Ridge wind turbine project near Pontypool, say it could be some time before they know what caused a blade on one of their turbines to break apart Saturday morning. Jon Clifford, project manager with WPD Canada, said Monday that he’s never seen something like this happen with any of the projects he’s worked on before. A storm passed through the area on the weekend and there has been speculation about a . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Answers still sought on CS Wind

The sight of Windsor’s idle CS Wind plant continues to produce more questions than answers. There has been no visible activity at the Anchor Drive plant for at least a week, with hundreds of employees laid off. It is not clear, however, why they are off. The South Korean-based company, which produces wind turbines, has been tight-lipped over whether the plant has completely closed or if an extended layoff is taking place. The Ontario Ministry of Labour has confirmed that . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Water activists target Medical Officer of Health

Local water activists are up in arms over plans for Chatham-Kent’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to speak about groundwater at an upcoming conference. Dr David Colby is one of the presenters at the Wind Turbine Noise Conference in Portugal this June, slated to talk about wind turbines and groundwater contamination. However, Water Wells First officials say without a proper Health Hazard Investigation into the issue locally, Dr Colby’s presentation may be somewhat premature. Municipal officials say that Colby is . . . Complete story »

March 16, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wait continues to frustrate Water Wells First group

Residents suffering water-well problems on their properties near the North Kent 1 Wind farm are growing tired of waiting for answers. Water Wells First members were once optimistic after a promise made by Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Doug Ford during last year’s provincial election campaign that a health-hazard investigation would be initiated if he was elected premier. However, since the citizens’ group received that promise in writing from Ford last May, its members continue to wait for this investigation . . . Complete story »

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