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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

April 1, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Negative impact pile driving would have on water wells in north C-K cited in report

Essex MPP Taras Natyshak is calling a report that states pile driving would negatively impact water wells in the north Chatham-Kent area a “smoking gun.” Natyshak, who was ejected from Queen’s Park on March 8 for bringing a sample of sediment-filled black water into the Ontario legislature, raised the issue of water well problems on several properties in the North Kent Wind 1 wind farm project area again on Wednesday. During Question Period, he cited a public report from EBS . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Clearview wind project challengers should be paid back: Wilson

Simcoe-Grey’s Member of Provincial Parliament wants to see the province reimburse area residents and municipalities in their fight against a wind turbine project. Jim Wilson questioned energy minister Glenn Thibeault on the amount of money spent by residents and municipalities – approximately $1.6 million – to appeal the renewable energy application awarded to WPD Canada for the Fairview Wind project. Last August, the Environmental Review Tribunal revoked the approval, but decided in February it would not award costs to the appellants. In . . . Complete story »

March 23, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Construction brings complaints

SOUTH MARYSBURGH – Prince Edward County’s mayor is not impressed with wind turbine preparation taking place in the southern reaches of the County. Robert Quaiff said construction appears to be moving ahead at a rapid pace as wpd Canada continues to prepare sites for nine industrial turbines in South Marysburgh and Athol. “It appears to me that they are trying to get as much done as fast as they possibly can so that there will be no turning back and . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Taking down the toppled turbine

A crane moves the barrel section of a wind turbine out of the way as workers tear down the structure on 16th Line west of Blenheim on March 15. The turbine, part of a 52-turbine farm owned by Terraform Power Inc., toppled over Jan. 19 just after midnight. At press time, Terraform officials had not returned requests for information into the investigation that followed the turbine’s collapse. Other turbines on the wind farm were spinning again, after initially being idled . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • Ontario, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Rescuers couldn’t save snowy owl

We cannot be sure how this snowy owl sustained its devastating injuries, but a likely culprit might be gleaned from the proximity of the field in which it was found to a major highway roaring with traffic, and a nearby wind farm bristling with turbines. Complete story »

March 13, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Academic approach to water well problems

Bill Clarke, a retired hydrogeologist who has been working with [Water Wells First], said he is not opposed to alternative green energy sources, including wind generators. “What I am opposed to is a disregard for people's right to have access to clean water and the dismissive attitude towards obvious changes in the water quality of the contact aquifer,” he added. Clarke said it is “statistically unlikely” that this number of families would experience the “extreme change in water quality, specifically turbidity, at the same time without an obvious, recent geological event like an earthquake, or in this case, an anthropological event – the construction and operation of the wind towers.” Complete story »

March 11, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

University of Windsor to investigate Chatham-Kent well issues

A University of Windsor department head is in the early stages of planning a research study involving Chatham-Kent water wells. Dr. Joel Gagnon is an associate professor and department head of Earth and Environmental Sciences and is planning to research why water conditions have deteriorated over the years for well owners in the area. “I run an environmental field school for undergraduate students in our environmental sciences program,” says Gagnon. “I try to keep in contact with alumni about opportunities . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Chatham-Kent residents take water wells fight to Queen’s Park

A group of Chatham-Kent residents took their fight for better water to Queen’s Park. Members of the Water Wells First group held a news conference in Toronto on Thursday, hoping to get more attention to an issue that has been discussed locally for more than a year. The group is upset with the North-Kent wind farm, which they say is harming their water. The residents were joined by Essex NDP MPP Taras Natyshak, who with the Council of Canadians, called . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Natyshak booted from legislature for demanding minister drink CK well water

Essex MPP Taras Natyshak was ejected from Queen’s Park Thursday after holding up a water sample, black with sediment, and demanding the acting minister of environment and climate change “take a drink.” The NDP MPP began his statement by welcoming members of Water Wells First, a group of rural families from Chatham-Kent who claim the constriction of North Kent Wind, a wind turbine farm owned by Pattern Energy, has been causing dangerous sediments to seep into their water. “Water is . . . Complete story »

March 8, 2018 • Blogs, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Unifor turbine not compliant: MOECC

Owen Sound District Manager for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Rick Chappell told West Grey Council and a packed room of citizens today that the controversial single wind turbine in Port Elgin owned and operated by Unifor, is not compliant with provincial noise regulations. A noise abatement plan has been ordered by the Ministry and must be in place by March 18. The Unifor turbine has resulted in hundreds of complaints of excessive noise over the . . . Complete story »

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