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A citizens’ group concerned about the effect of wind turbine construction and the vibration coming from operating turbines is calling for the resignation of the Ontario Minister of the Environment. The government’s response to the problem of damaged wells? Bottled water. Not so great for dairy herds…
Chatham Daily News, July 11, 2016
A citizens’ group worried about the potential impact on groundwater from wind turbine vibrations is calling for the provincial minister’s resignation.
Water Wells First placed protest signs on Monday at the Windsor, Sarnia and London offices of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, said group spokesman Kevin Jakubec in a media release..
“Water Wells First no longer sees the MOECC as credible stewards of the environment.
We are asking for the immediate resignation of Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray,” he said.
Last week, Water Wells First held a demonstration at a Chatham Township farm to show how difficult it would be logistically for farmers and their livestock to use bottled water, if it was required.
Jakubec said the management of the Renewable Energy Program could jeopardize the health and safety of Ontario’s livestock when “the MOECC put forward the impractical use of using bottled water to resupply livestock farms” that have lost their water wells due to wind farm construction and operation.
The proposed North Kent 1 Wind Project, which calls for 40 to 50 wind turbines to be constructed in the area, had some residents worried that the vibrations could result in dirty water.
“Water Wells First will protest the actions of the MOECC until the MOECC recognizes that groundwater must be protected as the first line of defense against climate change,” Jakubec said.
Last month, the group held an initial media conference to help raise awareness about the issue.
In an e-mail on Monday, the ministry stated that it was taking the necessary precautions.
“The MOECC takes all public concerns very seriously. That is why MOECC included an extremely stringent series of conditions on the proponent for the North Kent Renewable Energy Approval,” it stated. …
Read the full news story here.
See also a London Free Press editorial on this today, here.
Editor’s note: looking ahead, we would think this might be a concern for liability on the part of both the landowner leasing land for turbines and the wind power developer. Another reason to carefully examine the pro’s and cons of signing a lease agreement.
Scenes likes this are absolutely painful to watch.
Rural people in Ontario have systematically had the quality of their day to day lives reduced by this government. The agenda is to force them to relocate into ‘human settlements’ so they can be more easily controlled.
People who live in the country have the potential to be deeply in touch with the earth itself. This level of connection to the earth can inspire a decision making process as consumers and stewards of the land that is the result of a kind of reverence for the interconnections of species at a very subtle level.
If this government really wants to ‘save the planet’ it would encourage people to keep our small villages in rural Ontario vital so that more and more people could return to rural Ontario. It would never allow the destruction of habitat and rare species or harm to humans in order to build a ‘world class energy system’.
Never elect a government that does not promise to protect rural Ontario and all of it’s residents.
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