February 13, 2014 we received registered mail from McCarthy Tetrault LLP stating… “our client [NextEra Energy] demands that you promptly execute and return two fully executed copies of such lease by no later than February 21, 2014.
If you fail to deliver such copies of the signed lease, you should be aware that Goshen has requested us to take immediate legal action on its behalf to enforce its rights and remedies for your breach of the Option Agreement, which action may result in you becoming liable for, amongst other things, Court costs, damages (which can extend to substantial amounts on account of delayed construction of the overall project and lost revenues arising from such delays), and interest on such damages at the rates prescribed under the Courts of Justice Act of Ontario. As well, you should be aware that such litigation against you may result in adverse implications for your credit ratings.”
Mayor Hessel, Council members and CAO:
I am attaching a self-explanatory letter from Bev Teeter, a Bluewater resident and turbine lease holder in Nextera’s Goshen Project. In addition the addressee within the attached, she has also sent it to the London Free Press as an open Letter to the Editor however it is unlikely they will print it.
This brave woman has been a thorn in Nextera’s side for a long time now. They eventually removed Turbine #13 from being built on her property however the transmission/collection lines do go through their property.
Bev has been a staunch supporter of the anti-wind movement after she realized she was duped by the wind companies. She is in her 80’s, has a hearing impairment and cares deeply about doing what she can to right a wrong which is what she felt she did by signing the lease. She was bullied into doing so without a care towards her or her husband of over 50 years. I cannot express how disgusted I am with Nextera for treating vulnerable people such as Bev and her husband, Irv, so callously.
My hope is that Council is able to see this as just one example of how useless it is to enter into any sort of agreement such as a Vibrancy Fund that would ‘recognize’ wind companies as anything other than the wind weasels they are. Should you disregard the manner in which they have treated this senior citizen and taxpayer of this county, you do so knowing full well that you are putting all the the citizens of Bluewater at risk.
Please do the right thing and stop the ongoing data collection with the wind companies. Your actions in continuing to engage with these companies will do nothing other than sell us all down the river.
I would request this letter along with Bev’s be attached to the agenda of a Municipal Council meeting and that they be read aloud in their entirety. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.
The following is a prime example of how people are actually treated by wind developers after they get their signatures….
Dashwood, ON N0M1N0
June 3, 2015
Goshen Wind, LP
700 Universe Blvd.
Juno Beach, FL 33408
Att. Carlos Megias, Senior Counsel
Re: Lease with Goshen Wind Inc. with Effective Date of December 15, 2013
Your letter dated May 28 arrived here June 1. You object to our informing the Sumitoma Mitsui Banking Corporation of Canada that “the lease on our land assumed by Goshen Wind was obtained illegally, as our signatures were attached without our knowledge or consent”. This in our opinion is absolutely true.
As stated in my reply to NextEra’s Goshen employee in June 2014:
“Nicole, before responding to your June 19th letter, I would like to set down my view of the overall situation and the Green Energy Act . For every monster turbine set in motion, the people of Ontario lose. Every wind project increases our future energy payments. People complain about their “hydro” bills but may be unaware that wind power has been given special status… guaranteed high rates and first usage before cheaper sources already available. They may be unaware that excess power is dumped across the border for far less than what we have paid for it. Along with the enormous costs of building these projects which we do not need, they destroy habitat for birds and people alike, cause many to suffer Wind Turbine Syndrome documented where ever such mammoth turbines spin and ultimately facilitate a process which turns our prime agricultural land over to Corporate owners at drastically diminished values. And as turbines go up, possibilities for truly green alternatives diminish. There is nothing beneficial to Ontario in this. Wind Turbines do not serve to reduce CO2, they are not pristine and green. Continue reading