Legal action begins against 270-MW K2 wind in Ontario - report
Sep 23, 2014 - The first court phase of a lawsuit that aims to immediately stop the construction of Pattern Energy and Samsung Renewable Energy’s 270-MW K2 wind farm in Canada was initiated on Monday.
The legal action was started by nearby living family Shawn and Tricia Drennan in the Divisional Court in Ontario, the Canadian Press said Sunday. The plaintiffs insist for an injunction against the construction of the wind park near Goderich on concerns that the 140 wind turbines will pose a threat to their health.
The K2 wind project, worth some CAD 850 million (USD 770m/EUR 599m), was permitted by Ontario’s Environment Ministry but the approval has been challenged in the Environmental Review Tribunal. The appeal is expected to go before the Divisional Court in the middle of November.
The 270-MW wind farm is planned to start commercial operations in mid-2015. Once up and running, it will be capable of producing enough electricity to cover the power needs of 100,000 Ontario homes. However, even a minor delay in construction could put the entire project at risk, the developers have said, as quoted by the Canadian Press.
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