Thirteenth complaint filed against wind turbine project for water well interference in C-K

Council of Canadians
September 27, 2017
Chatham, ON – Thirteen Chatham area well owners have now filed water well interference complaints following the start of construction on a 34 turbine wind power project near their farms. The Council of Canadians is demanding work stop on the project immediately.

The project developer, North Kent Wind One (owned by Samsung Energy and Pattern Energy), started pile driving for the first turbine foundation in late June. The vibrations caused by the pile driving can be felt hundreds of meters away. Before construction began, experts predicted that local wells could suffer siltation problems from the vibrations. Some of the 13 wells affected to date have become so silted up that water no longer flows through the household plumbing.

Chatham-Kent residents have been working to protect their well water after learning of pollution problems faced by dozens of families in neighbouring Dover Township where wells began showing high levels of black silt as soon as pile driving started for various wind turbine projects built there over the last eight years. Both counties sit atop the Kettle Point black shale bedrock formation. Read more



Meanwhile C-K Medical Officer of Health Dr. Colby just encouraged  everyone to trust his doctor status and continue filtering out the “crud”. Or… drill a new well, like he’s had to.

The Chatham Voice
“Nobody wants to drink dirty water that looks like chocolate milk; I get that. But if you filter that crud out of there, is there any evidence there is an increased solution of toxins in that water that could pose a health problem, and the answer is no,” Colby said, noting no evidence has come across his desk. “If you’re more interested in your convictions than the facts that I’m trying to give you, we’re not going to get an agreement on this issue.”

Colby said he has a well and had sediment problems, and ended up drilling a new well. When asked how many turbines are nearby, he said he could count 47. Read article

From the archives, in case you think this has gone on way too long with no action from our government:

10 thoughts on “Thirteenth complaint filed against wind turbine project for water well interference in C-K

  1. And MPAC will tell you this has no effect on property values! Potential purchasers don’t care about the water quality and will buy your place regardless. Yaaa, right!

    • Haven’t followed rural real estate ads for quite sometime, but recall ads that included the quality and number of wells on farm property.

      Can’t keep livestock on property that does not have a good water supply.

      Same is true for any real estate that does not have a good water supply.

      City folks don’t understand this. They think that all you have to do is turn on the water faucet and you get good water.

      My grandfather and my great-grandfather’s farms had driven wells one at the house and one at the barn.

      We did not have a farm but we had two driven wells on our property.

  2. Class action suit for damaages to wells, well water & property values. This is the only thing companies like this will understand.

  3. You may want to check for radiation. (Natural radiation in the ground gets disturbed, and possibly distributed, during such operations interfering with the ground water.)

  4. “It is outrageous that the Ontario government is refusing to halt construction in the face of overwhelming evidence that harm is being done,” said Barlow. “The Wynne government must order the construction to stop now. If Samsung can’t do this project without damaging people’s water then they should not do it at all.”
    There are so many parallels to the harm to health caused by poorly sited turbines and their infrastructure elsewhere in rural Ontario.
    Residents have honestly reported ‘prima facie’ evidence regarding the harm. They leave their homes and go far enough away from turbines in order to sleep well and let their bodies recover. When the turbines are off, because their is no wind or because the wind companies have turned them off, they report feeling able to relax and enjoy the safety, security and pleasure of their homes.
    This ‘prima facie’ evidence has been reported clearly to relevant people within this government and still the turbines keep running.
    The lack of capacity for compassion from this government is appalling.

  5. To my knowledge, there is nothing in the law, the Health Protection and Promotion Act of Ontario, that requires a HPPA, Section 11 “Investigation” into “Complaint”s, to receive approval from the University of Waterloo Ethics committee. The fiduciaries in Huron County, accountable to the local Board of Health, Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, and of course — the Complainants, have CHOSEN to structure their Investigation such that it is now being held up by people at the University of Waterloo who have yet to demonstrate that they are competent in the field of Harm Caused by Industrial Wind Energy Projects.

    At one point, Ms. Erica Clark, acting under the authority of the Huron County Health Unit, absurdly disseminated a court decision about Smoking Cigarettes, and misrepresented how it applied to the situation of harm caused to people living in homes as neighbours of industrial wind energy infrastructures.

    Smoking Cigarettes is not the same as trying to live in your home unmolested by your neighbours’ reckless industrial operations. Ms. Clark oughtta know this. And no doubt the Tobacco Industry does not appreciate being smeared by reckless Wind Turbine industrialists and their incompetent regulators.

    When questioned about who had provided Ms. Clark the legal opinion that a Cigarettes decision dictates the powers of the Local Medical Officer of Health with respect to ordering harmful wind turbines be stopped, Ms. Clark irrationally refused to provide the names of the perpetrators.

    These are actions for which Ms. Clark and her colleagues will be held accountable.

    Perhaps Ms. Clark will attempt to atone for her mistakes. Or else she may be punished for them by Canada and international legal systems. (Notice we are still prosecuting Nazis….)

    Now, Associate Professor Richard Mann is crying foul over the University of Waterloo’s Ethics committee, and the Huron County Health Unit’s ongoing failures to move forward in the HPPA Investigation.

    Why are they not able to determine an ethical way forward in a reasonable timeframe? Ms. Clark says that it is just “some final wording changes” that are needed, but the Injuries being caused by the reckless development and operation of harmful devices is more than just “a language problem”.

    • In the academic world, the discovery of new technologies can be tricky. Often there is the potential to commercialize ($$$) new technologies and processes, for example with new patents, or to profit from future consulting. And we wonder if this is a factor affecting the University of Waterloo’s Ethics review process as it pertains to this particular HPPA Investigation. This is another area of ethics issues to be considered.

      “Insider Information” issues have been known to come up in times like these, and can be explosive when handled improperly, eh.

    • Very interesting information!

      The tobacco lawsuit is also bring used in the U.S. at the present time against fossil fuel companies.

      At the time the tobacco lawsuits decision was made, the public was made aware that the legal framework for this decision might be used in other cases in future litigation.

  6. Is this another story “story of government failure, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction and environmental injustice”?

    Flint Water Crisis Inquiry Finds State Ignored Warning Signs

    Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan listened as the Flint Water Advisory Task Force reported its findings on Wednesday. CreditConor Ralph/The Flint Journal, via Associated Press
    An independent panel has concluded that disregard for the concerns of poor and minority people contributed to the government’s slow response to complaints from residents of Flint, Mich., about the foul and discolored water that was making them sick, determining that the crisis “is a story of government failure, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction and environmental injustice.”

    The panel, which was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in October, when he first urged Flint’s nearly 100,000 residents to stop drinking the city’s tap water, laid blame for the water problems at the feet of government employees on every level.

    Its report was released at a news conference Wednesday in Flint.

    It particularly focused on state employees: analysts in charge of supervising water quality, state-appointed emergency managers who prized frugality over public safety, and staff members in the governor’s office who adopted a “whack a mole” attitude to beat away persistent reports of problems.

    But the report also concluded that, “The facts of the Flint water crisis lead us to the inescapable conclusion that this is a case of environmental injustice.”

    In making that declaration, the five-member panel put a spotlight on a long-running civil rights issue: whether minorities and the poor are treated differently when it comes to environmental matters, relegating them to some of the most dangerous places in the country: flood prone areas of New Orleans that were devastated after Hurricane Katrina; highly polluted parts of Detroit and the Bronx; and “Cancer Alley” in Louisiana, where residents who live near factories suffer disproportionately from disease.

    It also validated complaints long argued by many Flint residents but largely dismissed by Mr. Snyder and others: that race and poverty contributed to the often scornful reactions to their complaints.

    “Flint residents, who are majority black or African-American and among the most impoverished of any metropolitan area in the United States, did not enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards as that provided to other communities,” the report concluded.

    • Flint used to be a thriving city until it lost its auto manufacturing base and therefore its tax base. Not much money available to repair infrastructure.

      IMO, this is a lack of money issue and not a racial issue.

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