Kevin Jakubec, the appellant in the cancelled Environmental Review Tribunal hearing into the North Kent One wind project, said he believed he had no choice but to abandon his appeal once the ERT refused to grant him an extension. The hearing was cancelled last Wednesday followed by the appeal dismissal the following day.
Jakubec said he requested a 14-day extension to introduce expert evidence. “There was no stepping back so I took a side step so we could move forward and take what we gained in mediation,” he said.
Under the terms of the mediation, property owners will be given baseline testing before the construction of any turbines and will receive groundwater and ground vibration monitoring in each of the first three years of operation. Also part of the agreement is that the ground water community liaison committee will see the company’s contingency plan. All costs for the above conditions is to be borne by Samsung and Pattern Development.
Jakubec was a key organizer of the grass-roots group Water Wells First but stepped aside when he became the sole appellant in the case. The group had contended that vibration from turbine construction and operation endangers water well quality.
The ERT dismissed Jakubec request, saying it would put the length of the hearing past its six-month deadline. As well, the tribunal accepted the “uncontested expert evidence” of the North Kent Wind witness, Storer Boone of Golder Assoc. Ltd. that turbines wouldn’t affect water quality. Read article