Wind Power News: Complaints
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A group of Chatham-Kent residents aired their grievances about the quality of water wells, at a public meeting on the impact of the North Kent wind turbine project. About 100 people showed up to the Thursday night meeting which was organized by Samsung and Pattern Development, the two companies behind the project. “I’m very upset,” said Corrine Tooshkenig, a Walpole Island grandmother in attendance at the meeting. “I believe that Chatham-Kent is in a water war.” Residents of the area . . .
Residents living near the Scituate Wind turbine are asking town officials to agree to an independent noise compliance investigation of the turbine in an effort to collect the evidence necessary to take protective action under both the Nuisance Law and under the state’s Noise Pollution Regulation. “Nothing has changed,” said David Dardi, who lives near the turbine. “Scituate Wind’s turbine continues to disrupt the sleep and adversely impact the lives and health of both my neighbors and myself.” The 400-foot . . .
The municipality is expanding its offer of well water testing for residents near the North Kent One wind farm project whose wells have experienced water quality issues. In August, Chatham-Kent council voted to provide well water testing for five individuals who had contacted the provincial Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. There are currently 11 individuals who have contacted the Ministry and all are eligible to have their well water tested. Chatham-Kent CAO Don Shropshire said the action was taken . . .
The spokesperson for a local activist group claims he is being “blackballed” by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change over concerns regarding water wells. Kevin Jakubec, spokesperson for Water Wells First, says he was called to a residence Tuesday afternoon to help answer some questions. Lucille DeFraeye, who lives in the North Kent Wind Project area, says she recently noticed problems with her water. She says the sediment in the well water had clogged her filter. “My husband is . . .
Rural residents near Chatham Ontario have accused Samsung Renewable Energy, (a division of the Korean trans-national) of contaminating their drinking water wells. The contamination is believed to have resulted from continuing pile driving for a 36 turbine development in North Kent on Bush Line near Highway 40. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) approved the North Kent Wind project even though it is situated on an important aquifer. Residents say the MOECC has ignored their concerns and . . .
GLENMORE – Glenmore’s Plan Commission is recommending a strong message to the owners of the Shirley Wind Farm: Stop annoying nearby residents, or risk losing your permit to operate in the town. By a 6-0 vote, the commission recommended Tuesday that the Town Board direct Duke Energy Renewables to work to eliminate a phenomenon, called “shadow flicker,” that has prompted complaints from some people living near the turbines at Shirley Wind. Under the recommendation, Duke would have 90 days to . . .
Eleven Chatham area water well owners have now filed interference complaints with the Ontario government following the start of construction on a 34 turbine wind power project near their farms. The Council of Canadians is demanding work stop on the project following the 11th complaint. The developer, North Kent Wind One, owned by Samsung Energy and Pattern Energy, started pile driving for the first turbine foundation in late June. Some of the 11 wells affected to date have become so . . .
Some nights, Sean Harris is sitting watching the TV and he thinks he hears the fridge humming. On other occasions, he has been out on the road around his home in Ballyduff in West Waterford, and the engine sounds as if it’s a car approaching him from behind. Those are the more benign effects of the Barnafaddock Wind Farm, as he sees it. He is not alone, but neither are his problems shared with huge numbers in his rural community. . . .
Planning regulation and inspection around windfarms is expected to come under further scrutiny following claims that a windfarm in Co Waterford was built with larger blades than allowed for. The Barnafaddock wind in Ballyduff Upper consists of 11 turbines, for which eight were granted permission to include blades of 90m in diameter. Three other turbines on Coillte lands have permission for a 103m diameter. However, residents have complained to Waterford City and County Council that the diameter on all the . . .
Gary Snell doesn’t want the North Ridge Wind Farm built. He makes no bones about it. But he was still surprised when he recently was served a legal notice from the developer. It claims he’s not fit to serve on the siting board that will rule on the wind farm. After all, he had county and town backing when appointed. “The siting board has a role of looking at all sides of the project, both pro and con. Avangrid wants . . .