North Kent Wind 1 LP (“North Kent Wind”) Renewable Energy Approval (“REA”) was recently challenged through the appeal process by Mr. Kevin Jakubec (the “Appellant”). The appeal alleged that health would be affected through vibrations from the project causing radon in the ground to impact groundwater in the area of the North Kent Wind project. On Friday, September 30, 2016, the parties to the appeal met to review the issues and, following mediation, the Appellant chose to withdraw his appeal. North Kent Wind has been advised by scientific experts it retained during the application for the REA and the subsequent appeal that there are no grounds to believe that vibrations caused by the construction and operation of the wind turbines in the project will influence groundwater. In any event, as a result of the mediation and in the spirit of good faith, North Kent Wind agreed to clarify certain conditions of approval found in the REA to alleviate the Appellant's concerns. We are happy that we were able to meet and work with the Appellant to resolve the matter to the satisfaction of all parties. While groundwater impacts are not anticipated, North Kent Wind and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) had considered the issue of groundwater quality in wells in the area and groundwater monitoring requirements have been addressed in the REA.
The REA is posted on our website: http://northkentwind.com/ and titled, “North Kent Wind REA” (please see section G for conditions of approval relating to groundwater). The use of an alternate water source, if necessary at all, would only be required for a limited period of time. Although section G contemplates a contingency measure of providing bottled water, we confirm that we have committed to providing an adequate quantity of water in appropriately sized containers (eg. water tanks) if such contingency measure is necessary.
To review the documents in the REA and the subsequent report commissioned during the appeal, please visited our website project documents page: http://northkentwind.com/project-documents/. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the appeal. Feel free to contact us by phone: Toll Free (855) 780-3859 or by email: email@example.com.