Alexandria Pike, lawyer for Samsung and Pattern, said the approval holder has been given a “laundry list” of health factors, and are seeking medical records.
By TREVOR TERFLOTH, QMI Agency www.lfpress.com
A preliminary hearing on a 124-turbine wind farm in south Chatham-Kent began Friday, but the Environmental Review Tribunal already had one fewer appeal to deal with. The appeal of the Eighth and Ninth Line/Bloomfield Road Community Group that had concerns over the safety of farm workers and turbine setbacks was recently dismissed.
“It’s very frustrating for ordinary people,” group spokeswoman Dianne Flook said, noting they were notified on Tuesday of the decision. The South Kent Wind Farm — a joint venture between Samsung and Pattern Energy — has received conditional approval from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. The companies plan to put 124 turbines between Tilbury and Ridgetown south of Hwy. 401.
Flook said farming is labour intensive and requires further consideration, given anecdotes of turbine failure elsewhere. “(There have) been instances of turbine collapse and blade fall, but no one has actually been killed or hurt with that happening,” she said. “Because we had no actual factual evidence, our appeal was dismissed.” read article