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While wind opponents try to mobilize urbanites, other activists and municipal politicians are searching their wallets and bank accounts to defend themselves against legal challenges from wind energy developers. Esther Wrightman, a mother of two living near Kerwood, between Sarnia and London, is figuring out how to fight a lawsuit brought against her by NextEra, a company planning two wind developments in the area.
The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) will consider only whether the Dufferin Wind Power project and its transmission line pose serious risks to human, animal and plant health or would cause irreversible damage to the environment, among similar considerations, the preliminary hearing was told Monday.
The notice questions the process for granting the REA since it does not require the director of the Ministry of the Environment to consider potential health effects and does not comply with the precautionary principle, "which is a principle of fundamental justice."
"I was thrilled with the decision, as were 90% of the residents of Amherst Island," said island resident Brian Little. "It was very gratifying to see the tribunal take off their green energy blinders and recognize the damage that these wind turbines are doing to our wildlife."
The placement of turbines is simply shocking. One will loom over our school and playground. Four turbines are to be built within steps of the Owl Woods. The whole of Amherst Island is an Important Bird Area of Global Significance, but this tiny area is particularly vulnerable. The Owl Woods is known internationally as having the greatest variety and number of owls in one place in Canada.
The final arguments have been made. One lawyer against three. Not a fair fight but, then, that is the way it has been since that wintry day in March when hearings began in an appeal of the Ministry of Ontario's approval of an industrial wind turbine project at Ostrander Point.
Eric Gillespie, who currently is working for Plympton Wyoming in its court battle with Suncor Energy over wind turbine bylaws, gets "dozens" of calls from landowners who signed leases long before anyone realized the potential problems associated with the industrial turbines. ..."Those families who have agreed to take a turbine have given up their protection often without knowledge of the risks."
Correia, who moved to Wellandport to escape the city life, will have one industrial wind turbine erected at the minimum provincial setback of 550 metres from her home. There will be four others within a four-kilometre radius. She doesn't want to live next to the monolithic giants.
Jeff Aramini, a Fergus, Ont. epidemiologist, is the co-author of the 2010 study, Effects of Industrial Wind Turbines Noise on Sleep and Health, which found the closer people were to the turbines, the more susceptible they were to health problems such as sleeplessness, head aches and problems around mental health. ..."It is clear, based on our study and how consistent it is with more and more studies coming out, people are getting sick," said Aramini. "It's not made up."
The man who represents a group of people who own property near a proposed New Ross-area wind farm says the project "is ripping this community apart." Emery Peters gave an impassioned closing argument Wednesday as a provincial Utility and Review Board hearing into the appeal of the South Canoe wind farm wrapped up.
In a Goliath-vs-David dispute, NextEra Energy Canada says Esther Wrightman is discrediting it, depreciating its goodwill in the community and mutilating its copyrighted logo. NextEra Energy's operating revenue in 2012 was $14 billion.
Undaunted by an Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision, Shawn and Trisha Drennan will pursue their concerns about K2 Wind Ontario Inc.’s development at a provincial tribunal.
The message by itself will not stop the province from approving the proposed Port Ryerse Wind Farm or other projects. But councillors hope the province will take heed of the growing chorus of municipalities asking to put the brakes on Ontario's push for wind energy.
A peer-reviewed article in the official journal of the College of Family Physicians of Canada says its members should expect to see increasing numbers of rural patients reporting adverse effects from exposure to industrial wind turbines. The commentary, published in the May issue of Canadian Family Physician, says turbines can harm human health if built too close to where people live.
Gail Kenney welcomed a court ruling last week that supports landowners' right to seek compensation if their property values are lowered by wind turbines. ...Last Tuesday, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed a lawsuit by landowners seeking compensation for lowered property values caused by a proposed wind energy development.
Lawyer Eric Gillespie and Wind Concerns Ontario are taking heart from a Superior Court ruling that persons in the proximity of industrial wind turbines can commence a civil action against turbine proponents and host landowners when and if a wind farm development has been approved for construction.
Healey noted that the landowners near the proposed wind farms had submitted expert opinion estimating that drop in land values of 20 to 50 per cent. She said the landowners can file a damage claim when the project clears all of its regulatory approvals.
The court has specifically recognized that claims against wind companies and against landowners who agree to host wind turbines are possible as soon as projects receive approval. [Para. 37] "There are many people who have been waiting to see how the courts would respond to these types of claims" said lawyer Eric Gillespie, whose firm acts for the plaintiffs in the actions. "It now seems clear that as soon as a project is approved residents can start a claim.
A London, Ontario radio station, CJBK, on its program London Today With Any Oudman, spent most of the morning interviewing people about the ominous social unrest in Southern Ontario caused by the massive proliferation of industrial wind turbine projects.
Sheets of one-inch Styrofoam and thick corrugated cardboard still cover his upstairs bedroom windows. "It helped," he said. But, he says he gets his best sleep now in the basement.