Did anti-wind groups drop their wind farm appeal so they didn't have to produce health records backing up their claims?
Yesterday, Ontario got a second wind farm approval through a tribunal appeal under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act. The appellant, the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group Inc. withdrew its appeal suddenly, only a week before the hearings were supposed to start.
This means that the 10MW Zephyr wind project Watford, Ontario can now go forward.
In order to gain approval to build a wind farm in Ontario, projects must go through a full environmental assessment. Once a project is finally approved, the public can still voice any concerns by appealing at special Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) legal hearings. Anti-wind groups have been using these appeals to try to stop any new wind projects from being built in Ontario. So far, they have repeatedly failed to demonstrate adequate evidence to support their claims.
In this case, anti-wind groups attempted to make claims about health issues from those living near windmills, but when the tribunal asked them to provide medical records to back that up, they pulled their appeal altogether.
Did they drop their appeal to avoid having to show the medical records from people who were slated to testify about alleged wind farm health effects?