Couple battles wind farm in court
Wind turbines are shown at a wind farm near Port Alma, Ont., near the shores of Lake Erie. (The Canadian Press/ Dave Chidley)
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2012 3:30PM EDT
TORONTO - An Ontario couple is preparing to sue the provincial government in an attempt to put the brakes on a proposed wind farm until health effects are known.
Shawn and Trisha Drennan's farm north of Goderich sits in the proposed Kingsbridge II wind farm and one turbine will be about 600 metres from their house.
Their lawyer Julian Falconer says they have given the government notice of their intent to sue, which they must do 60 days before filing a statement of claim.
They say they'll be asking the court for an injunction to halt the wind farm project until health studies can be conducted.
Ontario's panel that rules on turbine approvals said there are uncertainties about the health effects, but noted there is a lack of peer-reviewed science on both sides.
The Drennans are also fighting non-disclosure agreements that keep people living near another wind farm from talking about health issues.