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….
Residents have reported being exposed to cement dust used for access road construction for Nation Rise wind. BOREA is the on-site construction company hired by EDP Renewables. EDP was awarded a renewable energy approval on May 4, 2018. BOREA is the same company, named among other defendants, in the West Lincoln $10 million personal injury and damage lawsuit currently being heard before the courts.
During the construction of Niagara Wind residents were forced to seek emergency health care after becoming ill after exposure to dust from that project’s construction.
You are invited to live the life of an experience you will always remember.
You are invited to bring your family, your grandchildren (young children) and your pets to spend an all expense paid week (bring your computers to enable you to continue to work) in the “green” area of industrial wind turbine business contracts.
Experience first hand shadow flicker, low frequency vibration, infrasound, children covering their ears because the noise hurts, computers that work but only when not impacted by turbine activity. Sleeping in the basement is optional.
Enjoy the night sky. Red blinking lights that penetrate your lodging, the backyard and the skies for tens of kilometres in the distance (because turbines are sooooo tall you can see them very very far) is one of the most unnatural scenes at night in rural Ontario. As a preview please watch the video to see the view from the USA over Lake Erie to Ontario. The night sky daily looks like a runway, but it is the shoreline littered with turbines. I hope you enjoy the view.
News 5 Cleveland published on Apr 19, 2017
Taste sediment-filled water which has been approved for consumption and usage. Clean potable water can be purchased for a costly amount.
Experience what so many people in rural Ontario are forced to live with daily.
Experience what will happen to the people of North Stormont when you choose to approve the Nation Rise Wind project knowing the outcome.
Please note you will not be allowed to leave the premises to sleep in your vehicle should the vibrations become unbearable.
You are encouraged to purchase your lodging at a fire-sale price as property values in industrial wind turbine areas are greatly reduced.
We, the impacted people, hope you will enjoy your stay and the experience of what we live with daily. We look forward to your offers of purchase.
Please advise me of dates available before June 1, 2019 and I will make your arrangements.
Following June 1, 2019 there will be a one year waiting period for the construction of the Nation Rise Wind project IF allowed to proceed. Accommodations will be equitable to those presently offered.
Huge turbine threw burning hunks of material 100 metres to the ground
CBC News · Posted: Mar 16, 2019 10:08 AM
A wind turbine in West Pubnico caught fire late Friday afternoon. (Frankie Crowell)
A wind turbine caught fire in West Pubnico, N.S., late Friday afternoon, throwing huge, burning pieces of material to the ground.
Firefighters were called to the scene around 5 p.m., but West Pubnico fire department Chief Gordon Amiro said there was little firefighters could do to douse the flames.
“We couldn’t get nowhere near because the blades was still turning, so, and pieces was breaking off the blades,” he said. “So if a piece was to fall off, it would go a long ways with the wind and that. So it wasn’t safe to go nowhere near the tower at all.”
No one was injured.
Amiro said when the blades turn, the tips are more than 100 metres up in the air — too high to fight the fire from the ground.
“There was nothing we could do more than watch what was falling down and if the ground was to catch fire, just to put it out on the ground.”
Firefighters say there was nothing they could do to put out the fire on the turbine because it was too high in the air for them to reach. (Frankie Crowell)
Amiro said two of the blades were completely burned and the nacelle, the gearbox at the centre of the blades that’s “almost as big as a school bus” was also seriously damaged.
Firefighters stayed at the scene for about an hour to ensure no one got too close.
Amiro said it’s a good thing it was raining and the ground was covered with snow.
“If that would have been August, we’d still be there trying to put wood fire out,” he said Saturday morning.
Firefighters kept people away from the area during the fire due to falling pieces of burning material. (Frankie Crowell)
“The fire problem in wind turbines arises as a result of large amounts of highly flammable materials (hydraulic oil and lubricants, composite materials, insulation, and polymers) contained within the nacelle of the wind turbine and packed in close proximity to potential ignition sources such as overheated mechanical components (hot surfaces) and electrical connections that could fail [8-12].
Once a fire is ignited in a wind turbine, the situation rapidly escalates because the high wind favoured by turbine locations enhances the supply of oxygen and, hence, the fire growth. In over 90% of wind turbine fires reported, a total loss of the wind turbine, or at least, a severe structural failure of the major components (blades, nacelle, mechanical or electrical components) has been reported.
Moreover, even in the case of rapid detection, the fire brigade cannot intervene because of the turbine height[9, 10, 12], and for offshore wind turbines it is impractical to send response teams to fight the fire. Under high wind conditions, burning debris from the turbine may fall on nearby vegetation and start forest fires or cause serious damage to property (see Fig. 4)
The nacelle can house a huge amount of flammable liquids including gearbox oil, transformer oil, hydraulics fluids and other lubricants. For example, in a single 1.5MW wind turbine, up to 900 litres of lubricating oil including cooling and cleaning fluids can be stored inside the nacelle”
NextEra Energy is on the receiving end of a proposed class action lawsuit in which a Nebraska homeowner alleges the electricity provider’s wind turbines placed near residential communities are a “nuisance” and effectively deprive homeowners of the use and enjoyment of their property.
Wind Turbine Application Denied by Penn Forrest Township
ENN FOREST TWP., Pa. – The winds of change won’t be blowing through Penn Forest Township, Carbon County as the zoning board denies an application of a company for the second time.
The issue has been debated for the last two years and one resident says the decision means it will be a good Christmas.
The company, Atlantic Wind, wanted to build 27 to 28 wind turbines on the land owned by the Bethlehem Water Authority.
“There was not maybe one thing, but there was noise, there was runoff, there was the wind farm syndrome,” said Paul Fogal, a member of the Penn Forest township zoning board. “There’s all sorts of different things that made us come to a collective decision.”
The fight is not over. On October 2nd, 14 of some of the best of the best wind warriors met at Stevens Restaurant in Markdale. The resounding resolve and heart to continue to fight for the people who have become collateral damage and who continue to struggle with the unrelenting torment from turbine emissions, is strong and remains the top priority for the group that gathered. Steps to move forward are already in the works. Thank you to every single one of you who came and thank you all for your work, expertise, concrete ideas and determination to finish this battle. Finally, after over a decade of documentation and fruitless effort to put the truth of the harm to Queens Park, we have a govt in power that is willing to listen. More to come.