Black well water protest continues in Chatham-Kent

September 6, 2017
Residents of Chatham-Kent who are concerned about reports that as many as 12 water wells may have been affected by pile driving activity during construction of the North Kent II wind power project continue their demonstration at the site today.
The power developer filed for an injunction against them last week, citing concern for the safety of construction workers. The demonstration has been peaceful, and was conducted through the Labour Day holiday weekend.
The campaign has been organized by local community group Water Wells First, which filed an appeal against the power project. The appeal was withdrawn when the appellants were not allowed time to have experts review a hydrology report submitted by the developer.
Chatham-Kent has asked the Ontario government to halt construction until the situation has been reviewed, and property owners affected have been offered free water testing by independent laboratories.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has taken no action.
For more frequent updates on the demonstration, please check on our Facebook page, and/or at Water Wells First.

What's your reaction?


  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted September 7, 2017 10:04 am 0Likes

    Its their right and duty as citizens of Ontario to stop the contamination of any and all water!!!!
    Clean Water Act (Ontario)
    The Clean Water Act (S.O. 2006, Chapter 22) is a law enacted by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Canada. The purpose of this Act is to protect existing and future sources of drinking water.
    The Clean Water Act, 2006 (Bill 43) is a major part of the Ontario government’s commitment to ensuring that every Ontarian has access to safe drinking water. Protecting water at its source is the first step in the multi-barrier approach to source water protection. By stopping contaminants from getting into sources of drinking water — lakes, rivers and aquifers — we can provide the first line of defense in the protection of our environment and the health of Ontarians. For the first time, communities will be required to create and carry out a plan to protect the sources of their municipal drinking water supplies. TheClean Water Act, 2006 will:
    Require local communities to look at the existing and potential threats to their water and set out and implement the actions necessary to reduce or eliminate significant threats.Empower communities to take action to prevent threats from becoming significant.Require public participation on every local source protection plan. This means everyone in the community gets a chance to contribute to the planning process.Require that all plans and actions are based on sound science.
    This legislation sets out a basic framework for the establishment of community-based groups that represent a cross section of sectors and geographic areas withinConservation Authority (Canada)boundaries. These community-based groups are called Source Protection Committees and there are 19 such groups across Ontario. The Clean Water Act, 2006also introduced the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program (ODWSP) a financial assistance program for farmers, landowners and small or medium businesses for activities that reduce threats to municipal drinking water sources.

  • Barbara
    Posted September 7, 2017 9:07 pm 0Likes

    Pattern Energy Group Inc. (PEGI)
    Ownership list as of 6-30-2017

    • Barbara
      Posted September 9, 2017 1:55 pm 0Likes

      It’s possible to compare renewable energy companies ownership with UNEP -FI North American members ?

    • Barbara
      Posted September 11, 2017 12:13 pm 0Likes

      PEGI also traded on the TSX.

  • Rural101
    Posted September 7, 2017 11:17 pm 0Likes

    Yesterday on CBC website:
    Tiny Quebec village faces $1.5M lawsuit for trying to protect its water:
    Ristigouche Sud-Est in Gaspé region sued for passing bylaw protecting water sources from drilling.
    Same fight, different industry….

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted September 7, 2017 11:57 pm 0Likes
    • Richard Mann
      Posted September 8, 2017 8:13 am 0Likes

      Just like Wind, we should have an open and honest debate about disposal of Nuclear waste.
      Now, back to wind turbines, are we going to allow them to do all the pile driving between now and Sept 28th? Once we get to court the damage is already going to be done. No justice.
      Our government has shown they will not intervene. Policy has been decided. Wind turbines will continue until citizens force them to stop.

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted September 8, 2017 7:56 pm 0Likes

    What is the location of the protest sites in Chatham Kent next Monday and Tuesday …. next week???

    • Richard Mann
      Posted September 10, 2017 6:58 pm 0Likes

      Notinduttondunwich writes “What is the location of the protest sites “.
      There was only one protest site, and they took that down on Friday 4pm.
      There are no other protest sites planned. The agreement was no protest/ blockade between now and Sept 28.
      I got this information from Jackie Girard who speaks for WWF (Water Wells First).

  • Wind Wraith
    Posted September 8, 2017 8:25 pm 0Likes

    Too bad the Water Wells First people are not anti-wind, or I would love to join their protest. They need to consider all the negative impacts of wind besides water issues.

    • Barbara
      Posted September 8, 2017 10:03 pm 0Likes

      Renewable energy such as wind and solar are part of the U.N. global green economy agenda.
      This information is found in U.N. publications under sustainability and/or climate change.

      • Barbara
        Posted September 11, 2017 12:27 pm 0Likes

        UNEP, 2011
        Re: Information leading up to Rio + 20, 2012
        ‘Towards a green economy’
        Finance: ‘Supporting the transition to a global green economy’, 44 pages
        P.584: Acknowledgements
        P.622: Conclusions
        Book chapter/Report chapter:

        • Barbara
          Posted September 11, 2017 11:05 pm 0Likes

          UN Environment
          UNEP Inquiry: Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. Launched in 2014
          “The Inquiry is a leading international platform for advancing national and international efforts to shift the trillions required for delivering an inclusive, green economy through the transformation of the global financial system.”

          Home page at: has links to publications.

          • Barbara
            Posted September 12, 2017 11:36 am 0Likes

            UN Environment
            UNEP Inquiry, Geneva, Switzerland
            Includes: ‘Financing the Clean Transition is Canada’s G7 Opportunity to Lead’ (22 June 2017)
            Also links to U.N. publications.

      • Barbara
        Posted September 12, 2017 4:23 pm 0Likes

        Some History
        UNEP FI, North America
        ‘Green Financial Products and Services’
        ‘Current Trends and Future Opportunities in North America’, August 2007, 82 pages.
        P.27:, DEXIA/Dexia financing of Invenergy
        P.49:, Bibliography includes Canadian references.
        Much more at:

    • Jackie Girard
      Posted September 11, 2017 11:21 am 0Likes

      We at Water Wells First are well aware of all the negative impacts of wind turbines but choose to stick to the most serious issue that is facing us here. Frankly, you could argue the negative impacts until we’re all dead and buried and still not address them all. We felt it more prudent to stick to one issue as our local and Provincial politicians have the attention spans of gnats and if you attempt to overload their brains they simply close their ears, roll their eyes and tune you out. It is possible to have renewable energy projects that don’t do the harm that these are but when they allow foreign companies to do whatever they want, this is the outcome.

      • Sommer
        Posted September 12, 2017 8:26 am 0Likes

        Jackie, thanks for the clarification. When we speak to the MOECC agents/officers about low frequency noise and infrasound harm, we get the same response. “The MOECC only deals with audible noise.” and obviously they don’t do that effectively. They’ve consistently bungled their role in protecting people from the noise…even after finally capturing it on their faulty inadequate equipment! Minister Glen Murray suddenly quit when things came to a real head in early June on the noise issue.
        It turns out that the Ministry of Health ‘turns a blind eye’ to people begging for enforcement of the Radiation Emitting Devices Act. After much pressure on Minister Jane Philpott, she has been suddenly replaced by someone with no back ground on this serious issue. I sincerely pity the new Minister of Health.
        These government agents all need to be told that they will be held liable.
        Save everything as evidence.

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted September 8, 2017 11:00 pm 0Likes

    I am not opposed to responsible renewable energy projects…. key word “responsible”!!! What is happening in Ontario is a disgrace…

    • Sommer
      Posted September 12, 2017 8:40 am 0Likes

      We desperately need the energy portfolio to be managed by experts in the various relevant fields. These experts need to be guided by ‘number crunchers’ like Parker Gallant, who can see ahead and who care about the debt being left to our children and grandchildren and the fact that rising energy costs increase the stress on people who are on fixed incomes or who live in poverty . Most important of all, there needs to be members of that team who fully understand climate science and who realize the deceptions behind the rush to industrial scale renewables in Ontario.
      This needs to be an election issue…no more incompetency!

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  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted September 10, 2017 8:48 pm 0Likes

    Thanks Richard

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted September 10, 2017 9:31 pm 0Likes
    Wonder how a REA for 100 MW of 3.5 MW 650 foot turdbines anchored to the bedrock over this precious aquifer would go down… would Nestle sue the the lieberals for contaminating the corporations water rights!!!??? Citizens are barred from having a legal stand….. sorry…
    It’s just fairererer…er!!

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted September 11, 2017 2:53 pm 0Likes

    You are correct Jackie….

  • Sommer
    Posted September 20, 2017 12:08 pm 0Likes

    It is absolutely disgusting that not one politician at the opening day of the Ploughing Match has addressed the industrial wind turbine, according to the article in the Globe and Mail.
    Correct me if I’m ill informed.

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