Kevin Jakubec speaking at the Country View Golf Course during a Water Wells First public meeting. March 7, 2017. (Photo by Natalia Vega)

Water Wells First Waiting On Test Results

Water Wells First will be holding another public meeting to go more in depth on private tests being done on local water wells.

The advocate group is claiming that vibrations from the operation and construction of wind turbines is causing sediment to contaminate well water in areas such as Dover Township.

In an attempt to stop the construction of wind farms in other areas in Chatham-Kent, Water Wells First has been trying to compile data to support their claims.

Some tests have already been done by AECOM — a consultant hired by North Kent wind farm developers. However, the group is skeptical of those test results so they’re proceeding with private testing.

During a meeting Tuesday night, Bill Clarke, a retired hydrologist spoke about the tests being done, adding it takes time for the lab to come back with results.

Banner hung at the Water Wells First public meeting at the Country View Golf Course. March 7, 2017. (Photo by Natalia Vega)

Banner hung at the Water Wells First public meeting at the Country View Golf Course. March 7, 2017. (Photo by Natalia Vega)

Until then, Jakubec says he has made an attempt stop the construction of the North Kent wind project.

Earlier this week, Jakubec says he hand delivered a letter to the CEO at Samsung Electronics Canada Gi Yong Seo, saying more groundwater research needs to be done.

“The AECOM engineering firm that is looking after and doing work for one of your (Samsung Electronics Canada) financial interests — we have serious concerns with and we will be filing a complaint with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers,” says Jakubec.

He says they have yet to hear back from the company and adds if they don’t receive a reply they’ll be urging residents to boycott Samsung products.

While the group waits on test results from Clarke, fundraising is also being done to rent a seismograph to get data on ground vibrations.

Clarke is expected at Thursday’s public meetings, which will be held at two separate locations. The first will be held at 1357 Nelson St., Wallaceburg at noon; the second will be held at 7823 BayLine, Dover Township at 1pm.