by Peter Jackson Bayshore Broadcasting
A group of farmers in Midwestern Ontario is turning to the courts in an effort to stop wind turbine development in Central Huron.
But the lawsuit could grow to include residents from across the province.
A proposed class-action lawsuit seeks damages from TTD Wind Project, Twenty-Two Degree Energy Corporation and individuals who put up wind turbines on their properties.
Lawyer Patrick Murphy of the Goderich firm Donnelly and Murphy has been hired to launch the proposed action. Murphy admits the lawsuit could take years to get to court.
Murphy says his firm will advertise for anyone affected by wind turbines so a class of individuals can be developed. He says only then can he go to court to apply for certification that his clients are affected by the turbines. Murphy says there is the potential for the action to become widespread around the province of Ontario.
Murphy says once certification by the Court is achieved the action would become province-wide and not restricted to just Central Huron.
Murphy says his clients take issue with the companies and individuals on several fronts. He says health concerns top the list including sleep deprivation from wind turbine vibration which can lead to depression.
Murphy says his clients also cite a drop in property values and the loss of enjoyment of their properties. Last week, the province’s Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Arlene King said that while there are irritants linked to wind turbines, there’s not enough medical evidence to label them a health hazard.
For information on how to join this class action lawsuit, contact Patrick Murphy: firstname.lastname@example.org