John Miner, London Free Press
After a bitter five-year battle to stop the continent’s largest wind energy company from surrounding her community with giant turbines, Esther Wrightman is moving on. “I feel like a bloody rag doll after this. I want to be happy again,” the Middlesex County woman, who’s uprooting for the Maritimes, said.
With construction of the first of three wind farms in her area now well underway, Wrightman’s family is selling their properties and moving their nursery business to New Brunswick, a home they hope will never have an industrial wind farm. Few activists personified the fight against wind energy farms in Southwestern Ontario like Wrightman. She leapt to prominence when her township mayor called in the OPP to stop her from video-taping council meetings she’d post on YouTube.
Wrightman’s attacks prompted wind energy giant NextEra to file a lawsuit against her, claiming she’d made false and misleading statements against the company and had unfairly attacked its trademark. NextEra promised to donate any damages it wins from Wrightman to United Way. Wrightman, in her statement of defence, countered NextEra had discredited its own business in how it dealt with the public. The lawsuit has yet to be heard in court. Read article