Council Approves Motion to Halt Turbines Over Water Concerns

Chatham-Kent councillors have approved a motion calling on Ontario’s government to stop wind turbine work in the municipality until a deeper investigation into water quality concerns is completed.

The motion comes after reports five water wells near the North Kent Wind project had become clogged with sediment residents claim are caused by pile driving. The government maintains it requires pile driving companies to complete vibration testing and water quality monitoring while work is going on.

“Well water quality testing prior to wind turbine construction shows that turbidity in the wells is associated with naturally occurring groundwater conditions,” wrote spokesperson Gary Wheeler in a statement issued after protests by advocacy group Water Wells last week.

But residents, and now the municipal council, are not convinced.

“We don’t know what’s going on. I think, at best, all we know is that something seems to be going on,” said Wallaceburg Coun. Jeff Wesley, who entered the motion for a moratorium on construction until council gets more answers.