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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.
The spokesperson for Water Wells First says new testing reveals a 14,000 times increase in black shale particles in at least one local water well since construction started on a wind farm project north of Chatham.
Kevin Jakubec, spokesperson for Water Wells First, asked the Environment Ministry in an email Thursday to not allow the testing. He said the ministry should not allow any pile driving, even for test purposes, until the ministry has reviewed studies performed by Water Wells First about particle size distribution. The studies show black shale particles are dominant in the polluting sediments and are difficult to filter.
“I want the minister to understand why communities are so troubled by the effect of wind turbines on their water,” said McNaughton. “Wells that have produced clean, clear water for decades have begun producing dirty brown, unpotable water since construction of turbines for the North Kent I wind project began.”
A Wallaceburg citizen group wants water well problems associated with a nearby wind farm to be resolved before a wind project is approved for their area slated to have turbines taller than the Great Pyramid in Giza.
Fourteen Chatham area well owners have now filed water well interference complaints against the developers of a 34 turbine wind power project near their farms. The Council of Canadians is demanding work stop immediately on the North Kent One Wind project (owned by Samsung Energy and Pattern Energy) before more families lose their well water.
A group of Chatham-Kent residents aired their grievances about the quality of water wells, at a public meeting on the impact of the North Kent wind turbine project. About 100 people showed up to the Thursday night meeting which was organized by Samsung and Pattern Development, the two companies behind the project.
Staff from Ontario's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change will be meeting with well owners in Chatham-Kent after the municipal government demanded construction of wind turbines be stopped until water quality concerns could be answered.
Jessica Brooks couldn't believe it when she learned through media reports that an official with the North Kent Wind project stated there was no evidence of any issue found, so far, with her family's well water. ...there was so much sediment built up, it took several minutes to flush the system as the water came in dribbles and sputtered at times.
Less than two days after pile driving began to construct industrial turbines near Jessica and Paul Brooks' home in Chatham Township, their once crystal-clear water well has become clogged with sediments.
The developers of the Otter Creek Wind Farm Project are taking a proactive step to address concerns raised in the community regarding the potential impact wind turbine construction can have on water wells.
Kevin Jakubec, spokesperson for Water Wells First, told the crowd he and a few other residents have found turbidity tests done by AECOM, the firm hired to do baseline well testing for the wind developer, don’t seem to be accurate. “It seems to be extremely inaccurate,” he added.
“I arrived at my property on Saturday (October 26) following the incident and found a crane laying on my property, my fence damaged and spilt oil. I couldn’t believe that no one had phoned me; no one from the town (Northeast Town), the project (McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm project that crane is a part of) or the Ministry of Environment (MOE).”