Skydive company owners testify at ERT

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Questions over a witness’s credibility and details that would see the release of confidential information drew a number of objections during the second day of an Environmental Review Tribunal hearing in Wainfleet Wednesday. Scott Stoll, of the firm Aird & Berlis LLP, was persistent in his cross-examination of Skydive Burnaby owner Mike Pitt, the first witness to testify at the hearing scheduled for 14 days.

As persistent as Stoll was in questioning Pitt’s credibility, lawyer Eric Gillespie, representing Pitt and Skydive Burnaby, was quick to object when questions would have put financial information into the public record. Relevancy in relation to the hearing around some questions was also grounds for some of the lawyer’s objections.

The hearing was convened after Skydive Burnaby owners Mike and Tara Pitt filed an appeal against Wainfleet Wind Energy’s project on Station Rd., which will see two wind turbines installed on land owned by the Loeffen family. The Loeffens have partnered with Rankin Construction on the project, which will also see three more wind turbines installed to the northwest of Station Rd., off of Concession 1 in Wainfleet.

A stay was ordered on the two turbines on Station Rd. in late 2013, and construction halted until the hearing is completed. Before Stoll’s cross-examination, Gillespie questioned Pitt for nearly an hour to show he was an expert in the areas of parachuting, parachute instruction, and plane piloting. Read article

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