Wainfleet is facing another lawsuit, this time it’s over $40,000 in funding granted to Skydive Burnaby last month. The lawsuit was filed on Dec. 31 by the law firm Aird & Berlis LLP on behalf of its client, Wainfleet Wind Energy Inc.
The township was served Tuesday, Jan. 7, and it was raised Wednesday at an Environmental Review Tribunal hearing into Wainfleet Wind Energy Inc.’s five wind turbine renewable energy project. Aird & Berlis LLP is representing the wind energy company, owned by the Loeffen family and Tom Rankin, CEO of Rankin Construction, at the environmental tribunal hearing, which got underway Monday.
The $40,000 was granted at the December 10 council meeting to help Mike and Tara Pitt, owners of Skydive Burnaby, pay for legal costs related to the tribunal hearing. Wainfleet has gone on record as being an unwilling host for turbines and has fought against them in the past. The township was last sued in 2012 by Wainfleet Wind Energy over a bylaw calling for wind turbines to be setback two-kilometres from the nearest residence, instead of 500 metres as set out in provincial legislation. Aird & Berlis represented the wind company at the time, as well. Read article