Statement from Chatham-Kent Wind Action Group
On June 15, 2012, the Ontario Ministry of Environment issued a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for South Kent Wind LP (Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group). The South Kent Project is a massive 270 MW industrial wind project planned to blanket the land south of Highway 401 from Ridgetown to Tilbury in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. In response, two appeals of the REA for the South Kent Wind Project were filed with the Environmental Review Tribunal, one by Chatham-Kent Wind Action Group Inc and one by the 8th and 9th Line/Bloomfield Road Community Group.
The legal counsel for CKWAG Inc. is the Eric K. Gillespie Professional Corporation. The appeal is based on the project causing serious harm to human health -- with over 2000 identified points of reception within 1500 m of a planned turbine or 1000m of a substation being placed at risk by the Project. Details of the Appeal will be released when available.
Monica Elmes, spokesperson for CKWAG Inc. says, “There are already too many victims of the industrial wind scam -- those suffering with turbines as neighbours, those whose jobs are being lost due to rising electricity costs, Ontario taxpayers whose money subsidizes the wind industry, and the list goes on and on.”
The 8th and 9th Line/Bloomfield Road Community Group appeal argues towards health & safety for farm workers in the field -- stating that the health and safety of agricultural workers in labour intensive crops such as seed corn, tomatoes, pumpkins and cucumbers must be properly protected.
Details regarding donations to support these appeals will be posted soon.