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“When the pile driving and construction of the wind turbines started on our shallow aquifer our drinking water slowly turned black and is now unsafe to consume, cook with or even bathe in,” she says in court documents. “This issue continues today and we are not the only family affected by this devastation.”
SUPPORT Christine Burke in her legal challenge to protect Ontario and our well water
“Burke alleges that the minister, government officials, and the companies violated the law for failing to take “reasonable care” to prevent the contamination (of home’s well water) as the wind farms were installed.”
Many Ontario people want their well water protected from the impacts of industrial wind turbines. It is well known that the present MECP guidelines are grossly inadequate and do NOT require sediment or micro particle size and composition testing.
Christine Burke has taken a necessary step to challenge the Ontario Government, Ministry employees and the Wind companies.
We encourage ALL Ontario residents to come and support Christine,
Wednesday August 14, 2019 at 9:00am for an outside presence, with court starting @ 10:00am.
Address: Blenheim court house, 21633 Communications Rd, RR#5, Blenheim,
We must be conscious that the time and date could change and we will do our best to keep you notified.
Come and show your support for this very brave, courageous woman.
Carpooling is encouraged
There are reasonable and probable grounds to believe environmental offences have been committed
The Ontario Court of Justice has determined there are “reasonable and probable grounds” to believe environmental offences have been committed by Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, ministry staff and three industrial wind companies in Chatham-Kent.
According to court documents, the charges come from the Environmental Protection Act.
Eric Gillespie, a Toronto-based lawyer, represents complainants who have been experiencing problems with their water wells.
“When somebody believes there has been an offence committed, they can go directly to the courts,” said Gillespie. “One local resident went last week before a justice of the peace, who heard information and formed the opinion that there were grounds to believe offences had been committed.”
One witness called to court is Christine Burke, who spoke to CBC in February 2018 about the problems with her water well.
Burke was not permitted to speak to CBC now that she’s named as a witness in the court proceedings.
As a result, the summons to appear in court were issued to the Ministry of Environment, the minister of the environment and the three companies.
According to court documents and Gillespie, the charges are for ongoing actions since 2017.
In one, Jeff Yurek, minister of the environment, is named as failing to “take all reasonable care to prevent the installation and operation of the wind turbines at East Lake St. Clair Wind Farm, run by Engie Canada and at the North Kent 1 Wind Farm run by Pattern Energy Group and Samsung Renewable Energy from discharging or causing or permitting the discharge of contaminants.”
Those contaminants include black shale and potentially hazardous metals….
Reports of contaminated wells and turbid drinking water that came with the construction and operations of wind facilities have not been investigated for alleged health hazards. Multiple case histories hanging in limbo crying out for immediate action such as the ones made known in the K2 and Niagara Wind projects.
Chatham Daily News|June 5, 2019|by: Ellwood Shreve
Pressure applied at Queen’s Park for C-K water wells probe
Mitchell’s Bay-area resident and cancer survivor Marilynn St. Pierre travelled to Queen’s Park Wednesday to ask the Doug Ford Progressive Conservative government to honour a promise to look into water problems in the north area of Chatham-Kent.
“My water supply is horribly polluted with black shale,” St. Pierre said. “Premier Ford knows this. In fact, Mr. Ford took decisive action to solve this problem.”
The citizens group Water Wells First began raising concerns three years ago about the potential impact the construction and operation of the North Kent Wind farm would have on water wells because of the Kettle Point black shale geology and shallow aquifer in the area.
Since that time, several property owners experienced well water problems, including significant amounts of sediments that have clogged up the flow of water during construction and after operation of the wind farm began. The group says this particular shale is known to contain metals such as uranium, arsenic and lead that are harmful to human health.
But the developers of the wind farm – Korean industrial giant Samsung and its American partner Pattern Energy- have stated the wind farm has had no impact on area water wells. This claim was supported by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change under the previous Liberal government.
St Pierre, a cancer survivor, said Ford committed to undertake a health hazard investigation into this problem in Chatham-Kent.
“I am fearful that cancer will return if the health hazard investigation isn’t done soon and we don’t get the answers we need,” she said.
Essex NDP MPP Taras Natyshak pressed Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton to provide answers over the ongoing well water concerns in McNaughton’s riding, during question period at Queen’s Park on Wednesday.
Natyshak reminded McNaughton that Ford promised those affected “by this contamination” that he would conduct a health hazard investigation immediately.
Noting, “immediately has come and gone,” and more than a year later, people are still waiting for this investigation, the MPP called on McNaughton to make good on this promise “to ensure these Ontarians have clean and safe drinking water.”
McNaughton responded the government has been working hard on this issue and there will be more to say.
Then he took aim at Natyshak, calling it “ironic” that the Essex MPP and the NDP voted in favour ofthe Samsung agreement to allow the wind farm to be built in Chatham-Kent.
“We were left with this mess. We are going to clean it up. They caused this problem. We’ll take no advice from that member opposite,” McNaughton said.
Natyshak said in an interview that McNaughton “dodged the question and went straight to the rhetoric book they rely on when they don’t have a straight-up answer for people who are concerned about issues in their communities.”
He said McNaughton knows this issue well so “for him not to be prepared to give us any hope or any inkling that his ministry and himself actually have a plan on this is quite disappointing to the folks who made the trip up to Toronto (Wednesday).”
When asked in an interview if there will be health hazard investigation, McNaughton said, “Absolutely.”
When asked if it would be done within the year, he said, “We’ll be making it public very soon what process has been going on for the past 10 months and what will happen in the future.
The minister also stated: “I want to be clear that we’ve been taking these concerns very seriously.”
McNaughton said the government’s first step was to cancel the Otter Creek Wind project, slated for to be built north of Wallaceburg on the same Kettle Point black shale.
“We didn’t want to make the situation any worse,” he said, adding the government also scrapped the Green Energy Act, resulting in the cancellations of 758 wind and solar contracts.
Joel Gagnon, head of the heavy metals lab at the University of Windsor’s Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research, said he was asked to get involved about a year ago.
“The purpose of the investigation is to look at research questions that we can address within the confines and within the mandate of a university,” he said.
Having found residents in the area had in excess of 100 years of good quality water, he said the problems experienced with the water wells were predicted with the construction of the wind farm.
“There’s good scientific evidence to link turbine installation and operation to groundwater impacts,” Gagnon said.
He said the impacts on water quality are quite diverse.
“We’re looking at excessive amounts of suspended sediment comprising Kettle Point black shale,” Gagnon said.
He added there is excessive biomass production which leads to foul smelling and tasting water, along with excessive gas production, which contains radon.
Collectively, Gagnon said people are being exposed to dermal, ingestion and inhalation hazards for a cocktail of what could potentially be toxic metals as well as radon gas.
“The health risks here are undefined and unconstrained and need to be looked at,” he said.
Kevin Jakubec, a founder of the Water Wells First group, who was also at Queen’s Park Wednesday, said, “Patience with Premier Ford delivering and making good on his promise of an investigation is now completely exasperated.
“To date, no experts or resources have been brought into Chatham-Kent to deal with the water problem by the Ford government.”
When asked if the Ministry of Health has had people on site, McNaughton said: “We’ll be providing an update very, very soon.”
Jakubec points to a 2016 joint report from Cancer Care Ontario and Public Health Ontario that said Ontarians are getting cancer each year from environmental carcinogen exposures.
“The report specifically acknowledged the heavy metal arsenic,” he said. “Arsenic causes a cancer burden on Ontario’s beleaguered health-care system each year.”
Over a year and counting …….
“This a serious issue here and I give you my word, we’re going to address it. I can’t stand wind turbines; I can’t stand how they are destroying areas and communities and I’m going to do everything I can to halt any other wind turbine farms and I’m going to address the ones that are going in. You have a huge supporter here,” Ford said to Jakubec after hearing his questions. “As for the local MPPs, when you aren’t in power, your hands are certainly tied. When we are in power June 7, we’re going to address it. It will be my number one issue. And what I say I’m going to do, I do. No one has been more vocal about these wind farms than Doug Ford – no one. I’m giving you my word.”
Doug Ford (now Ontario’s Elected Premiere) , April 26, 2018
K2 Wind under an issued provincial order by Ontario is to immediately comply with noise performance limits for operations of its industrial wind turbine installation.
 Mr. James, an expert called by the Appellants, provided a number of critiques of the noise assessment models used to predict sound levels produced by the Project. Mr.James agrees with the proposition that was put before him that the Approval Holder’s noise assessment reports comply with the MOE Noise Guidelines. He states, however, that there are serious issues with the Noise Guidelines themselves such that, by complying with the Guidelines, the actual level noise levels emanating from the Project will be underestimated.
ERT Decision 13-097/13-098, February 2014 READ HERE
The Green Energy Act is far from being repealed in Ontario. The Charter Challenge led by CCSAGE continues on with the recent filing of a Notice of Application to proceed filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Read Notice of Application here:
Mothers Against Wind Turbines was founded by mothers whose children have a range of disabilities most which fall into the Autistic Spectrum. Our children struggle with everyday exposures to light, sound, and movement naming a few, among many challenges. Many of our families have purposely chosen to live in quiet rural areas to provide our children the best environment to grow and thrive so they can achieve their best potential in life.
With the installation of wind powered generation facilities adjacent to our homes and in our communities we are faced with the unrelenting intrusion and trespass by industrial wind turbines and its associated infrastructures discharging light, noise, movement, electrical emissions into the most intimate of places that should be one of security, peace and our children’s sanctuary.
The following article talks about research of noise impacting living spaces and what that means for vulnerable populations such as those with autism, the elderly or those who are noise sensitive.
“Perceptual comfort means that the acoustics falls in ranges that people consider comfortable, clear, pleasant,”
In 2019, consider experiencing deep quiet outdoors. … this article overstates interior sound levels (“probably about 30 dBA”) … interior levels (absent hvac) are typically below 20 dBA …30 dBA is used as a regulatory indoors noise limit in Vermont. https://t.co/AcntfGGiuV
— Robert Rand (@robertwrand) December 28, 2018
Take a moment and think about the quietest room you’ve ever laid down in; the quietest, stillest place you’ve ever been. No matter how peaceful, how serene, there was still some sound: the rush of water in pipes, the hum of electricity in the walls, the breeze gently blowing, insects chirping; the ambient noise of nature, of life.
If you take a 15-minute car ride from downtown Minneapolis, you’ll find a nondescript concrete building with ivy climbing its exterior walls. Orfield Laboratories sits a block away from a bowling alley called Memory Lanes and directly across the street from Skol Liquors. Inside Orfield Laboratories is an anechoic chamber that has been certified by Guinness as the quietest place in the world.
That still bedroom you were in? The ambient noise was probably about 30 dBA, or A-weighted decibels — the relative loudness of sound perceived by the human ear. This is a logarithmic scale, so every 10 dBA, you’re either doubling or halving the loudness or quietness. At zero dBA, the human ear can no longer perceive sound. The anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories was certified by Guinness at -9.4 dBA in 2004 and -13 dBA in 2013, both for one hour measurements. But over shorter periods, they’ve conducted tests on the chamber that have given readings of up to between negative 22 and negative 23 dBA.
That’s just in terms of what instruments can read in the room. The human ear has no way of telling that difference in sound (or lack thereof). If a room or chamber is 0 dBA or lower, you won’t hear anything. Nothing at all. The difference between -9.4 dBA and -23 dBA sounds the same to our pitiful flesh-ears. But it made a difference to me. I wanted to be in the quietest room on Earth…..
Orfield Laboratories primarily works in architecture, product development and in office research. They’re attempting to make living and working conditions better for everyone, with a specific focus on the elderly, people with disabilities, and people who are on the autistic spectrum. Not to put too fine a point on it, but their research is crucial in our busy world.
Notice of Harm
We are compiling a bundle of 1-page victim impact statements to assist the Premier of Ontario and top PC Ministers in understanding the direct impacts wind turbines are having on our lives with the hope of finding some acknowledgement and relief.
The amount of information that has been sent into the government in the last decade is enormous but we don’t know how much of it survived Liberal government handling.
We are asking, just one more time, for as many as possible to take part in this effort.
We’ve worked to put a one-page-per-person statement together with a place for a photograph of you/ family/pets/; whatever you think will give your statement the most personal touch. Each household can fill out one for all OR each household can fill out one for each person. There are no age boundaries for this one either.
You can fill in the page, attach to an email and send to Barb Ashbee at firstname.lastname@example.org Send the photo as well please and we will attach it to your page.
you can fill in the one-page statement, attach your photo
print off,hand write your responses, attach photo and mail to:
354177 Osprey Artemesia
R.R.4 Flesherton, Ont. N0C 1E0
Please respond by Nov. 24th, 2018 ~ (*late entries will still be accepted)
If you need any help with doing your statement, please don’t hesitate to call or email.
One more important thing to do if you are able is to actually list who you have met with by name ie: MPP-name, MP- name, Ministers or Ministry critics, Environmental Commissioner, bureaucrats,Field Officers, office managers, Public Health units/contacts, Medical Officers of Health, Ombudsman and etc. A separate page has been put together for you to fill out with the information.
Barb Ashbee email@example.com
Lorrie Gillis firstname.lastname@example.org 519-922-3072
Never underestimate the strength, determination and persistence of strong women. On November 2, 2018 in cold wet and windy weather, members of the mothers made our presence known to the local office for the Niagara Wind Project that concerns are unresolved and our work to seek justice and remedy is unabated.
“Citizens pulled in to ask what was going on. A lady and husband parked across the road and came over to engaged. A generous citizen brought us 3 coffees and gave us props with comments including he has respect for what we do. A lot of vehicles honked and waved. Many thumbs up.
It was a great presence!”