Date:: August 10
Place: Council Chambers, Chatham-Kent, 315 King Street West, Chatham, ONBy Bob Boughner, Chatham Daily News
Appeals filed by two south Chatham-Kent groups opposed to a multi-million dollar wind turbine project will be heard in August. Toronto lawyer Eric Gillespie told The Daily News Tuesday the first of two hearings by the Environmental Review Tribunal is scheduled for Aug. 10 in Chatham. Gillespie and his associate, Rebekah Church, are representing Chatham-Kent Wind Action Group Inc.
Another group of landowners calling themselves the Eighth and Ninth Line /Bloomfield Road Community Group has also filed an appeal. The preliminary hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Centre. Gillespie said the main hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28 at the same location. Two weeks have been set aside for the tribunal.
The Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy joint venture project would see the construction of 124 wind turbines with a total capacity of 270 megawatts. Monica Elmes, CKWAG spokesperson, said many people would be negatively affected should the project proceed.
“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,” she said, in a media release. Read article