Dairy farmer hopes there’s still time to pull the plug

Darryl DegrootPaul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Darryl De Groot says it’s gotten to the point that farmers have stopped waving to each other on Northville Road. And that’s just one impact the dairy farmer sees that Ontario’s Green Energy Act, and Nextera’s proposed Jericho wind energy project, is having on rural Lambton Shores. “Country life out here, it’s not like it once was,” De Groot said.

Florida-based Nextera is planning to build a 92-turbine wind farm in Lambton Shores and neighbouring Warwick Township, and the community has divided between farmers who signed leases, allowing the wind companies to build turbines on their land, and those who didn’t, De Groot said. When the land agents came around in 2008, he and his father took a look at what they were offering, and turned them down. “Dad said, ‘You know what, anything to do with the government that is 50 pages long, don’t sign it.'”

But other farmers did, including some of De Groot’s neighbours. Nextera received a contract to sell power to Ontario, and is in the final stages of securing provincial environmental approval to move ahead with its project.  “Farmers aren’t waving at each other on the roads any more,” De Groot said. “It’s sad . . . it should have been done a different way. It shouldn’t have been pushed on us.”

De Groot grew up on the farm near the small community of Arkona, went to agricultural college, married and has a one-year-old child he still hopes will be the fourth generation of the family to farm on Northville Road. Read article

5 thoughts on “Dairy farmer hopes there’s still time to pull the plug

  1. We can, and should pull the plug on the corrupt, useless, wind industry. We have more than enough evidence now of property devaluation, negative health effects, environmental destruction, community discord, loss of democracy, bribes, and the list goes on. The wind industry lied through their teeth, in order to get the politicians and host farmers to sign up for this scam. Get the lawyers working on a way to throw the miscreant wind weasels in prison for their evil deeds. The fools who have invested money, based on the word of these liars, should bear their own costs for not researching the truth, and not believing it, when it was found for them.

  2. Josie Hernandez: “I’ve always been a horror”

    [excerpt]
    ‘Most stray voltage cases happen when farm equipment is improperly grounded, or a change in current patterns on distribution lines expose pre-existing problems with them, Hernandez said.

    Wind turbines may expose faults in the systems, but are “not the root of the problem,” she said.’

  3. Congratulations!
    De Groot family – true winners!

    ‘[excerpt] When the land agents came around in 2008, he and his father took a look at what they were offering, and turned them down. ”Dad said, ‘You know what, anything to do with the government that is 50 pages long, don’t sign it.’”

    You can’t buy – freedom

    Pass it on…………………….

  4. Thank God there are some people with enough integrity to say NO to money that is ill-gotten. Too many are willing to turn a blind eye to the suffering of others, for their own gain.

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