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Opposition candidates call for a halt of wind turbine development after Chatham-Kent residents complain that green energy ruined their wells WALLACEBURG — Water Wells First, a grassroots group of about 60 families based north of Chatham, has struggled over the last two years to convince the provincial Liberal government that the area’s wind farms are ruining their well water, but to no avail.
A Huron Wind Vestas V80 1.8MW turbine was damaged by high winds off Lake Huron north of Tiverton on May 4, 2018. A worker at a neighbouring facility captured the image of the tip of the turbine blade broken and dangling from the structure.
Citizen groups continued their effort to convince the Ontario government to ensure wind farm developers abide by the latest noise modelling guidelines.
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A turbine project approved for western Chatham-Kent has been told by the province not to use a pile driving technique that some residents say ruined their water wells when other projects came to the area.
Chatham-Kent Essex MPP Rick Nicholls will have the full backing of the Ontario Progressive Conservative caucus when he introduces legislation Wednesday that targets wind farm developers.
I’ve been criss-crossing Ontario talking about wind turbines. I can’t stand wind turbines. I can’t stand how they are destroying areas and communities. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure we halt any other wind turbine farms, and I’m going to address the ones going in. You have a huge supporter here,” says Ford.
Since then, more 20 landowners have come forward with complaints their wells became clogged after either pile driving took place or the blades began turning on a nearby wind tower.
A single faulty blade is being blamed for a wind turbine collapse that occurred in Raleigh Township earlier this year.
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.
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.
Essex MPP Taras Natyshak was removed from the legislature Thursday for producing a water sample during his remarks regarding suspected water contamination in the Chatham-Kent area due to wind turbines.
We can save Ontario ratepayers billions of dollars by tearing up the green energy contracts that are playing a part in harming our economy, costing us manufacturing jobs and pushing people into poverty.
Jim and Angie Leveille didn't experience water well problems when pile driving took place for the North Kent Wind farm near their Caledonia Road home, but they knew it was just a matter of time.
“As the community proved at the ERT hearing, this project should not have been approved in the first place,” he said. “It’s outrageous the government could be so negligent, making it necessary for the citizens to protect the public, then hide behind flawed legislation that robs the tribunal appointed by them in overlooking their bad decisions to award costs to the citizens who successfully proved the government compromised people’s safety.”
A citizen’s group based in Glenville, Minn., has been taking a keen interest in the issues raised over wind farms in Chatham-Kent.
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Turbine skeptics believe, in this case, science is on their side CHATHAM-KENT — Every morning since he lost the use of his well, Dave Lusk wakes up and tries not to let the anger seep in. But when he makes a trip from the water cooler in the kitchen and back to his bathroom vanity to wash up, it’s a reminder of the precariousness of his water supply.
The results of the laboratory test were submitted to the ministry by Water Wells First after revealing a 14,000 times increase in black shale particles in at least one local water well since construction started on the wind farm north of Chatham.
Vern Martin, a mechanical engineer and vice-president of Flowcare Engineering consulting company in Cambridge, Ont., believes a blade may have malfunctioned and struck the column, causing it to buckle. "That ... has actually been recorded as occurring before in some of these other failures," explained Martin.