Wind Farm Opponents Show Science On Their Side
Higher cancer rates, plummeting property values and fear of drinking water.
Those are some of the results a Chatham-Kent protest group called "Water Wells First" is warning of with the installation of winds farms.
They say their research has proven the installation and operation of the turbines is stirring up the aquifer and making well water in the vicinity dangerous.
Kevin Jacubek speaks for the group, and says about 25 wells have already been contaminated with the sediment.
Water Wells First spokesman Kevin Jacubek (by AM800's Peter Langille)
Jacubek and other members of the group are demonstrating at several new wind tower construciton sites north of Chatham.
He says The Ministry of the Environment has not taken any action to date.
"That should be obvious to anyone in the management of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change that they need to shut this project down" said Jacubek "they should issue a halt order to their proponent, to Samsung and Pattern Development. Stop and go back and do a full investigation of what's happening here'
He says the murkiness in the water is dangerous to people's health because the contaminant is a sediment from the aquifer layer.
Contaminated water from a well near a wind tower in Chatham-Kent (by AM800's Peter Langille)
Jacubek explains that fragments of black shale are present and from scientific studies that the black shale contains heavy metals. Arsenic, mercury, lead, uranium.
He says that's all well documented in the scientific literature.
"There's some brown, grey and black. what's that black stuff?" Jacubek says one homeowner asked a top M.O.E. official, "He was able to say that's black shale. If the senior hydrologist for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change can on the spot visually identify that. That's a problem"
Jacubek says they've spent close to a quarter of a million dollars on testing of the water and have found much of the sediment is less than 2-microns, small enough to go through the pores of your skin.
He says they've made several attempts to get the ministry to take action, but they've been ignored.
Jacubek is vowing to continue the protests and expects to ratchet up their presence.