Wind power firm sues Ontario for $500 million

07-14-09-lawsuit-largeThe Star
The developer of a proposed off-shore wind farm has re-filed a lawsuit against the Ontario government, seeking $500 million in damages for “malfeasance in public office.” Trillium Power Wind Corp. was planning a wind farm of up to 600 megawatts in Lake Ontario near Kingston

But the project stalled when the Liberal government announced in February, 2011, that it was placing a moratorium on off-shore wind farms. The moratorium, which the government said is needed to conduct further research on the impact of off-shore developments, remains in effect.

In its action, filed Friday, Trillium says the province deliberately targeted the company, which was on the verge of signing a financing deal for the project when the moratorium was imposed. Trillium’s claims have not been proven in court. The new filing is Trillium’s second round in its fight with the province. It had filed an earlier claim for $2.25 billion. Read article

13 thoughts on “Wind power firm sues Ontario for $500 million

  1. I fully expect Chiarelli to make an announcement that the new suit saves Ont taxpayers $1.75 M.
    Or alternately Liberals might settle out of court for $2 B, after all it’s not as if they were paying, it’s only general revenue.

  2. “malfeasance in public office” ?
    And, the lucky Liberal is?…………..worth $500 million – so far.
    So who’s sweating?

    ‘[excerpt] The developer of a proposed off-shore wind farm has re-filed a lawsuit against the Ontario government, seeking $500 million in damages for “malfeasance in public office.” Trillium Power Wind Corp. was planning a wind farm of up to 600 megawatts in Lake Ontario near Kingston.’

    ‘[excerpt] The new filing is Trillium’s second round in its fight with the province. It had filed an earlier claim for $2.25 billion.

    A judge initially threw out the case before it went to trial. Ontario Court of Appeal then re-instated it, but narrowed the grounds that Trillium is allowed to argue.

    The appeal court ruled that Trillium most establish the existence of “deliberate unlawful conduct by a public officer in the exercise of a public function” as well as “awareness that the conduct is unlawful and likely to injure the plaintiff.”’

    What does extortion – look like?
    I don’t know – I’m asking.

    • So who did Trillium Power Wind Corp. – name in their
      “malfeasance in public office” lawsuit?

      The name please!

  3. Lets see? private prosecution in the works for us against the criminals that allow all this madness against us the people and the theft of our resources,currency,our right to live in peace and from torture
    Maybe if we care and have courage,wisdom and the will.
    Maybe start with the mayor that is chief justice of the jurisdiction and the responsibility to keep us safe to a reasonable degree. Also realistically has the power that trumps the premier as they are chief justice in there jurisdiction not the Premier.

  4. Mmmmmm……..by the way…….
    I’ve always said – all politics are local politics!

    So who do the local politicians – work for?

  5. Comment posted to The Star.
    (Break paywall by accessing from Google search.)

    Does anyone out there still believe this is about anything besides money?? It should be obvious by now.

    There is no way this lawsuit will succeed. In fact, it could be a good thing if it reveals the underhanded and fraudulent nature of both the Wind industry and the Liberals. So far, none of numerous challenges to Wind Turbines have been heard in “real” court. Instead they are heard at the bogus ERT (environmental review tribunal) set up under the GEA (green energy act).

    This is so crazy, we even have the Government suing itself. The Ostrander Point project (Prince Edward County, near Picton) was rejected by the ERT in July, based on MNR (natural resources) concerns about the “Blandings Turtle”. Now the MOE (ministry of the environment) and Wind company (Gilead Power) are appealing, taking the Ontario ERT to court. CanWEA (Canadian wind energy association) has also asked for “intervenor status” as well.
    By the way, David Suzuki Foundation, supposedly a supporter of turbines, wrote a letter opposing the Ostrander Point project because it is an IBA “important bird area”. Margaret Atwood wrote a letter too.

    • Ontario Nature ‘naturalists’ (PEC naturalists) –
      and, how come Al Gore didn’t write a letter?

      How many times have the ‘naturalists’ –
      watched his movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth’?

      Maybe we should assume Al Gore – hates turtles.
      That must be it.

  6. 500 million seems like a drop in the bucket, compared to the billions these things cost us, if they are allowed to be installed. Well worth it to get them out of Ontario for good. Then we can rescind the greed energy act, and the FIT program, along with the subsidies. No more paying for useless, intermittent, overpriced wind power or solar, unless they are proven to have a net benefit. Up to now, they have not been forced to show any, and we all know, that is because they couldn’t do it! We need to get rid of this corrupt government, and make sure the next one, is not a bunch of greentards, or thieves.

  7. Ummmm Im still stuck on the fact the moratorium was on offshore and not on shore @ humans….. Sorry fish but I kinda thought we were pretty important too….. Guess not!!

      • Agree completely.
        What these people don’t realize is that all waterfront, and all open land in general, is valuable. Not just the areas near Toronto. It might take a whole generation, but people are going to realize that living in glass towers in downtown Toronto is not healthy at all.

  8. Dear John Kourtoff,

    Your balls must be HUGE!

    Thanks for willing to expose this government’s corruption. The rest of us can’t afford to.

    Your plan to build wind turbines in our fresh water Great Lake is absurd. And therefore you will not make any money here.

    But what a blessing for all of us that you have no shame. Keep it up!

    Yours’ in faith,
    Ontario

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