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Request for judicial review 'common sense,' says wind farm opponent

A Big Island resident who hopes to take the Ontario government to court to quash legislation governing wind farms says the basis of his case boils down to common sense. Ian Hanna filed an application for judicial review earlier this week in the hopes he can get the provincial government to look into certain sections of its Green Energy Act. Hanna said plans by Skypower to erect at least nine energy-producing wind turbines on Big Island - as well as in other parts of Prince Edward County - need to be properly examined before any development occurs.

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY - A Big Island resident who hopes to take the Ontario government to court to quash legislation governing wind farms says the basis of his case boils down to common sense.

Ian Hanna filed an application for judicial review earlier this week in the hopes he can get the provincial government to look into certain sections of its Green Energy Act. Hanna said plans by Skypower to erect at least nine energy-producing wind turbines on Big Island - as well as in other parts of Prince Edward County - need to be properly examined before any development occurs.

"What we've done is we've filed an application with the divisional court for a judicial review of certain parts of the Green Energy Act, predominantly those parts regarding the siting or locating of industrial wind turbines," Hanna said.

Having to resort to legal action is "disappointing" to Hanna, who said he did not want to have to take that route in his battle. He said though he cannot impose his own logic on other people it would seem, in his eyes, a logical move to ensure any evidence that something is harmful, creates sickness or causes risk be thoroughly investigated.

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PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY - A Big Island resident who hopes to take the Ontario government to court to quash legislation governing wind farms says the basis of his case boils down to common sense.

Ian Hanna filed an application for judicial review earlier this week in the hopes he can get the provincial government to look into certain sections of its Green Energy Act. Hanna said plans by Skypower to erect at least nine energy-producing wind turbines on Big Island - as well as in other parts of Prince Edward County - need to be properly examined before any development occurs.

"What we've done is we've filed an application with the divisional court for a judicial review of certain parts of the Green Energy Act, predominantly those parts regarding the siting or locating of industrial wind turbines," Hanna said.

Having to resort to legal action is "disappointing" to Hanna, who said he did not want to have to take that route in his battle. He said though he cannot impose his own logic on other people it would seem, in his eyes, a logical move to ensure any evidence that something is harmful, creates sickness or causes risk be thoroughly investigated.

That has not been the case with wind turbines and their potential impact on people, he said.

"That's basically what I'm saying. This is the culmination of a lot of frustrating time and effort and trying other avenues that have had, apparently, zero effect," Hanna said. "We've been put in a position where we have to ask the courts to make a decision or a ruling."

Hanna does not farm the pand he owns on Big Island and has other property in Cressy, where he has a vineyard.

The wind turbine issue has been raging in Prince Edward County for nearly a decade and Hanna, who moved to the area just over seven years ago, said it has caused great divisions among neighbours and, in some cases, even among family members. He said his relationship with some neighbours has deteriorated in recent years because of their difference of opinions when it comes to turbines in the County.

The legal proceedings, Hanna said, should not be necessary, but no one seems to be taking the time to do due diligence on turbines, he said.

"We're talking about very serious issues when it comes to low frequency noise and infra-sound," Hanna said. "It's what you can't hear that hurts you. The fact of the matter is they produce low frequency noise and infra-sound."

During a press conference at Queen's Park on Monday Dr. Robert McMurtry, former dean of medicine at the University of Western Ontario, told reporters there are more than 100 people in Ontario suffering from adverse health effects from the swooshing sound of turbines. Hanna said information like that needs to be taken into account before wind farms are allowed to be erected.


Source: http://www.intelligencer.ca...

OCT 20 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/22750-request-for-judicial-review-common-sense-says-wind-farm-opponent
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