By Bob Boughner, Chatham Daily News
The turbine company that owns eight turbines south of Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport should do the right thing and remove them immediately, says Rick Nicholls. The MPP for Chatham-Kent Essex said Wednesday the cost for removing the turbines — which has been ordered by Transport Canada — would be far less than having to pay a lawsuit involving a possible airplane accident and the adverse publicity that would follow. Nicholls said the turbines should come down “sooner than later” to avoid a serious aviation accident or tragedy.
The MPP also said the eight turbines should be removed at the expense of GDF SUEZ, the company that owns them, and not at the expense of Chatham-Kent taxpayers. “It’s a safety issue and the safety of people who make use of the airport is the No. 1 issue,” said Nicholls, in a telephone interview. The MPP said he’s spoken with pilots who are concerned about the location of the turbines. Nicholls said if the turbine company is the good corporate citizen it claims to be, it should take immediate steps to remove the turbines. He took issue with a claim Wednesday by Dave Timm of GFD SUEZ that “it is not a safety issue but rather a zoning issue.”
“Zoning regulations are put in place for safety reasons,” countered Nicholls. “This company needs to do the right thing and remove the turbines at their expense immediately.” he said. “If they are at fault they should fess up when they mess up.’ Read article