Listowel Banner, Andrew Smith
LISTOWEL – Residents in the community are taking legal action against a proposed wind energy project for North Perth and Perth East in hopes of keeping the development out of their backyards.
A community meeting was held at the Listowel Agricultural Hall on March 28, where organizer Karen Galbraith spoke to residents on the development of a draft legal claim against Invenergy Canada. Seventeen property owners have already joined the draft legal claim, Galbraith said, which was initiated after a meeting with Toronto lawyer Eric Gillespie last August. Gillespie has handled a number of cases against wind companies, fighting for residents who believe the proximity of wind turbines causes a drop in property value.
Galbraith said the legal action is still very preliminary, but feels the interest from residents is encouraging. “To have that amount of interest in a preliminary draft legal claim, is I think very positive for our community,” she said. “The more we have that can participate, it’s a stronger force against the whole project.” Read article