Water well advocates chained themselves to a tractor wheel weights and refused to leave
With an ongoing protest taking place at one of its construction sites, a wind turbine company will be seeking an injunction.
Three protesters recently chained themselves up in a show of solidarity on Bush Line near Highway 40, demanding a halt to the North Kent Wind project until water well concerns are dealt with.
Several water wells in the North Kent Wind project area, currently under construction by Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy, have been clogged with sediments shortly after recent pile-driving took place for constructing industrial wind turbines.
“North Kent Wind regrets that it will have to seek an injunction against unlawful activity that is presenting a serious safety risk to the participants and workers on site,” said the company in a statement.
“We must provide a safe environment for our workers. We understand there are concerns about groundwater and we are committed to working with the community.”
However, Water Wells First stated on Twitter it plans to “stay put,” believing the tests already conducted were flawed and biased.
In August, Chatham-Kent council passed a motion asking the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to halt the project until water well concerns were fully investigated. That request is still before the premier's office.
Also part of the council motion was to implement independent water testing for the wells currently experiencing problems.
The company stated that it is doing what it can to deal with the issue.
“We have actively engaged and responded to concerns and hired qualified experts that have conducted testing at the project site and confirmed in detailed reports that the construction of the turbines will not cause harm to groundwater quality at water wells or in the broader subsurface groundwater environment,” it stated.
Municipal chief administrative officer Don Shropshire said recently that the municipality, working with public health officials, have identified 17 labs in Ontario that are licensed and accredited by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation to test drinking water for microbiological agents, organic chemicals, inorganic chemicals, and other particulate matter.
Shropshire said residents have the option to choose any of the accredited labs.