London Free Press
In an unprecedented move in Ontario, Transport Canada has ordered the removal of eight wind turbines in close proximity to the Chatham Municipal Airport. Chatham-Kent Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren confirmed the action Friday morning. Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope deferred comment to Don Shropshire, the municipality’s CAO, but he could not be reached by phone Friday morning.
John Norton, the municipality’s chief legal office, also said he preferred not to comment on the report and deferred comment to Shropshire. Chatham-Kent Essex MPP Rick Nicholls said he complained in a recent letter to the federal transport minister of the turbines that were in close proximity to the airport. “Not only do they make it unsafe for pilots but I’m told the spinning blades affect radar,” he said.
Nicholls said he is also concerned that the turbines would limit use of the airport by larger companies that might consider locating in Chatham-Kent and make use of company planes. The MPP said the turbine company and not Chatham-Kent taxpayers should be billed for the cost of removing the turbines. Read article