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Residents challenge gag agreements

People opposed to wind turbines are challenging the renewable energy companies’ right to place a gag order on those whose property they purchase.

Shawn and Trisha Drennan are landowners facing a pending windfarm project known as Kingsbridge II.

It will consist of upwards of 150 turbines one of which will be as close as approximately 650 meters from their home. Twelve more turbines will be located within the surrounding two kilometers.

After learning that 11 families living amongst two different wind projects (one located in their neighbouring township) had their homes purchased by wind companies, the Drennans sought to gather information from the former residents about the adverse health and safety effects of the wind turbines.

They learned that as a part of the buyout agreements, the residents were blocked from discussing any negative experiences with the wind turbines, including adverse health effects.

The Drennans, supported by the community group SWEAR (Safe Wind Energy for All Residents) will go to court, asking it to invalidate the non-disclosure clauses that prevent their neighbours from telling of their problems with the turbines.

No court date has been set.

 

September 23, 2011

 
 

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