By Cheryl Heath, www.clintonnewsrecord.com
A Central Huron-based group of concerned ratepayers is launching a class-action lawsuit in relation to two wind farm projects planned for the municipality.
Burkhard Metzger, spokesman for the recently formed Central Huron Against Turbines (CHAT) group, reports lawyer Patrick Murphy, of the Donnelly & Murphy law firm of Goderich, is in the process of distributing a letter advising impacted landowners of the lawsuit. In short, the letter states the firm has been retained to “commence a class-action lawsuit against TTD Wind Project ULC, Twenty-Two Degree Energy Corp. and landowners who erect turbines.”
In essence, reports Metzger, the lawsuit battles the proposed project on a number of fronts, including their impact on assessment values, noise pollution, negative affect on health, and livestock loss, among other issues.
“Hopefully, there is going to be a groundswell,” says Metzger, a businessman who owns a property on Maitland Line, where his family raises Clydesdale horses.
Metzger says this is the first of such lawsuits in southwestern Ontario, though a similar one was launched in Huron County, Michigan, last week.
He adds that he was unimpressed several weeks ago, when he first learned of plans for two large-scale projects destined for Central Huron.
He adds the notion that resistance against wind projects is futile given the scope of the province’s Green Energy Act proved to be too much for him to take lying down.