FIRST RENEWABLE ENERGY WIND APPROVAL RESULTS IN FIRST LAWSUIT

 The Ontario government’s first – and to date only – industrial wind turbine project approved under the Green Energy Act has resulted in a $1.5 million lawsuit being launched only weeks after starting operation.

Suncor’s Kent Breeze Wind Farm near Chatham was the subject of an Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal hearing this spring.  Two dozen international experts testified.  Amongst other findings the Tribunal concluded:  “This case has successfully shown that the debate should not be simplified to one about whether wind turbines can cause harm to humans.  The evidence … demonstrates that they can, if facilities are placed too close to residents.”

The Michaud family of Thamesville now claims damages for impacts that began almost immediately.  These include vertigo, nausea and sleep disruption resulting in emergency hospital visits and prescription medication.  “The government and Suncor’s own experts said these kinds of effects would likely occur.  They still went ahead” said Eric Gillespie, legal counsel.  “The claim is based on what appears to be obvious negligence.”

 

For further information contact:  Eric Gillespie – cell (905) 932-7258 or egillespie@gillespielaw.ca