PORT RYERSE – Proponents of a four-turbine wind farm in Port Ryerse are not backing down from the threat of a lawsuit. The green-energy firm UDI Renewables, of Nanticoke, and the landowners it has contracted to host the turbines have responded to a notice of lawsuit filed at the Norfolk County court house late this winter. UDI Renewables and landowners David and Chere Smith, Irene and Donald Steinhoff, Robert and Erma Woolley, and Janet Faulkner recently filed notices of their intent to defend themselves. The notice says the Toronto law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP will represent the landowners.
It is unclear who will represent UDI Renewables. However, the international green-energy company Boralex is in the process of attaining ownership of the Port Ryerse project. At a recent meeting of Norfolk council, a Boralex representative said the corporation will “indemnify” the defendants in this action. The landowners and UDI Renewables are being sued by Port Ryerse residents Heather and James Walters, Kathleen Pickard, Marlene and Larry Hoyt, John and Dona Coville, William Irvin and Ingrid Zyma-Irvin, David and Elaine Tobin, and Timothy and Inda Lyons. Read article