North Kent Wind is planning a public meeting to address and discuss issues arising from their wind turbine construction projects in Chatham-Kent. Meanwhile, the company continues to insist the construction of their turbines is not causing a negative impact on local water wells.
North Kent Wind officials say they have the results from the first five investigations conducted, based on complaints from the community.
“The first five investigations by environmental consultant AECOM have concluded that the groundwater quality and supply issues reported by the property owners are not a result of turbine foundation construction or pile-driving activities,” company officials said in a newsletter.
“No indication of water quantity or quality impacts at the wells were apparent relative to the baseline data collected prior to the onset of construction. In some cases, problems were observed related to well construction, maintenance, or existing well pumping and treatment equipment.”
The company says two other complaints are currently under analysis.
Community meeting set
North Kent Wind has organized a community meeting for Thursday, September 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 24156 Winter Line Road in Pain Court.
Company officials say members of the community are invited to the meeting to receive updates on project construction and speak with team members.
Following the open house portion of the meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a Q&A period with a panel of experts from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“Some community members have communicated to us that they have concerns our construction activity may be impacting their water wells,” company officials said.
“Having access to clean water is essential. This is an issue our team understands can be unsettling and takes very seriously. We would like to share how we are responding to these concerns and the results of the research and investigations conducted by independent third-parties to date.”
North Kent Wind can also be reached by by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at their Chatham office, 519-397-5711, or toll free at 1-855-780-3859.
For more of the most recent updates on this issue. check out this story: NKW and WWF meeting in Superior Court