A Blessing in disguise. Time to take the evidence to Court.
North Kent Wind agrees to cease construction at turbine site until matter returns to court
By Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News
Thursday, September 7, 201
Construction will cease at one turbine site for the North Kent Wind project, but a court order is prohibiting anyone from blockading, obstructing or impeding access to any other construction sites for project.
However, the matter will return to court at the end of the month, when the grassroots citizen group Water Wells First plans to be ready to make its case for stopping the project, due to the impact vibrations from constructing the turbines have had on area water wells.
In a statement released Thursday, North Kent Wind stated it appeared before the Superior Court of Justice on Wednesday seeking injunction prohibiting blockades and other interference with the construction of its wind project.
“We respect the rights of citizens who disagree with wind energy or the project to have their voices heard,” the company stated.
“The motion for injunctive relief became necessary because some protestors were engaging in what we believe was unlawful conduct, raising serious concerns about the safety of workers and protestors alike,” the statement added.
North Kent Wind said it sought the assistance of the court to enforce the rule of law and keep the peace.
“At the request of the court and out of respect for those who oppose the project and wish to be heard, we agreed to cease construction at one turbine site, which is currently blockaded and occupied by protestors, until the motion is heard by the court on Sept. 28-29.”
The court has granted an interim order restraining and preventing anyone from blockading, obstructing, or impeding access to any of the construction sites for the project.
Kevin Jakubec, spokesman for Water Wells First, called the upcoming court appearance “a blessing in disguise.”
He said when the matter returns to court, this will be the first time, that he is aware of, that evidence will be brought before a court in Ontario regarding the damage a wind farm has caused to the environment and a water resource….