First Green Energy Act 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 oregillespie@gillespielaw.ca

5 thoughts on “First Green Energy Act approval results in first lawsuit

  1. This is a given! Does anybody know of a wind project in SW Ontario that hasn’t hurt anyone? I’m still shaking my head that the 2 chairs agreed taht nobody would be affected. Well, what do they expect? these turbines are close to many people in Thamesville- they aren’t in the middle of nowhere. Only good thing is I’m glad to see Mr. Gillespie tackling this corrupt system!

  2. It was just a matter of time. How long before
    someone
    starts a class action suit for all of the victims in Ontario?

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