Chatham Daily News
Sir: I read your recent news story, “Family taking heat over lawsuit.” The Michaud family has no other choice besides a lawsuit in this matter. I am from the Ridgetown area. People here who live amongst the Talbot wind farm have very similar problems, myself included. In my case, which is very similar to others, I have tried to have the matter resolved by using the complaint system laid out by the Ontario government. But absolutely nothing has been done to deal with these problems.
For nearly a year now I have sent numerous written complaint letters to my MPP Pat Hoy (Liberal). He has not even bothered to reply – ever. His office assistant sends a message “received.”
My complaint letters to Mayor Randy Hope have also been ignored. Not one reply from Mr. Hope – ever.
My local councilor has tried to be helpful but the matter is outside his area of jurisdiction.
MP Dave Van Kesteren will not deal with these problems. The local health office has done absolutely nothing about these complaints.
I have sent letters and phone calls to the Ministry of the Environment who is supposed to deal with these problems. Again with absolutely zero results.
The families who had wind farms built too close to their homes have not had any help whatsoever with these problems and now their only remaining option is a lawsuit. The World Health Organization states that industrial wind turbines should be placed at least 1,500 meters from homes. In Ontario, the current setback is 550 meters, and in some cases much closer.
There have been families in Ontario that have been forced out of their homes because of this problem. In some cases they have been forced to sign gag contracts so they cannot talk about it. The Ontario government is not doing anything to correct the current problem and also has plans to build thousands more without any changes to the current setbacks. I hope the people of Chatham-Kent realize the current plans involve many more industrial wind turbines (hundreds) for C-K. At least double the current amount. C-K will almost be covered with them in a few years.
David Libby, Ridgetown