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Ontario: Turbine appellant concerned about drinking water safety

Patrick Bales — The Post — February 27, 2014

WEST GREY – A West Grey man is appealing to the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) to overturn approval for a wind turbine project near Priceville.

Leonard Van Den Bosch of the former Glenelg Township has appealed the MOE decision to the Environmental Review Tribunal.

In January, the ministry gave the go ahead to the 14-turbine East Durham Project, developed by NextEra Canada.

Van Den Bosch, who was not available for comment, owns property in the direct vicinity of where the turbines are proposed to be erected. He currently does not live on the property full time, but it has been part of his family for a number of years and his plan is to retire there.

That’s what Joan Rawski and her husband did. The Rawskis moved from Kitchener to get away from city life. Soon after they settled on their hobby farm, they discovered they were living approximately 1km from the closest turbine proposed for the East Durham Project.

According to Rawski, a neighbour of Van Den Bosch, who has been part of the fight against the NextEra project for the better part of the past four-and-a-half years, the appeal to the MOE has little to do with the aesthetics that comes with an industrial wind turbine in your backyard.

The main facet of the appeal revolves around the safety of the drinking water for area properties.

Each turbine will require a concrete base of at least 800 tonnes, Rawski said, three of which are proposed for behind the Van Den Bosch property.  Continue reading here…..

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