Anti-Turbine Families Face Huge Legal Bill From Wind Farm Companies

A demand that four Ontario families pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs to billion-dollar companies is a thinly disguised warning to anyone pondering a challenge to industrial wind farms in Ontario, the families say.

In asking the courts to set the legal bill aside, the citizens say the award would cripple them financially and undermine access to justice, even in important public-interest cases.

Court documents show the companies — K2 Wind, Armow, and St. Columban — are seeking $340,000 in costs from the Drennans, Ryans, Dixons and Kroeplins, who lost their bid to scuttle three wind-farm projects.

The families, who worry wind turbines near their homes could harm their health, had challenged the constitutionality of Ontario’s approvals process before Divisional Court. They are now hoping the province’s top court will hear the case, potentially adding more litigation costs.

Shawn Drennan said his $240,000 bill was excessive given that he was only looking to protect his rights.

“We will have to go to the bank and beg and ask if we can borrow more money to pay their costs and it will be a significant burden on my wife and I,” Shawn Drennan told The Canadian Press. “My wife already works two jobs.”

Lawyer Julian Falconer, who represents the families, called the wind companies “blood-sucking, intimidating bullies.”

“It’s not just a bar to justice, it’s actually a terror tactic,” Falconer said in an interview.

“This is not about money. The idea is to send a message: ‘We will wipe you out if you challenge us’.”

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  • Exile1981

    That’s pretty common of those sorts of gov’t special green businesses.

  • cmh

    sounds exactly like Manitoba Hydro….

  • moraywatson

    Kathleen Wynne, have you no shame at all? Where is your voice in this fiasco? Will you not cover the Drennan’s legal costs? They are but a trifle compared to the costs of scrapping and relocating gas plants.

    • eMan14

      Her voice? “Why you homophobe you!!!”

      • moraywatson

        No. I’m a flexualphobe. None of the other gender benders bother me. Just them. Strange isn’it?

  • ontario john

    These farm families must be homophobes

  • Raymond Hietapakka
  • Physics grad

    If the federal government does not intervene then they might have to seek some shotgun justice

    • mauser 98

      a few ’06 rounds into generator

  • Ron MacDonald

    If someone can start a fund and raise 120K to cover the cost of a kids funeral then it should be possible to start a legal fund to go after the wind turbine companies.

  • Blacksmith

    Don’t go against the state! The state has endorsed so called green energy and you’d best get on the band wagon or be run over by it. I wonder how many more stories like this there are in North America that we haven’t heard about.

  • Edubeat

    I thought a turbine was soemthing East Asians worn on their heads out here in Bramadesh….my bad

  • Millie_Woods

    If only they could harness all the sucking power in Ontario.

  • Urban-dwellers need to be made aware of the anti-turbine opinion as their votes count the most. Have them stand under a wind turbine for five minutes and then charge them for the energy it did not produce.

    • Freedom

      Those wind turbines on the mountain tops are ugly and ruin the view in my opinion.

      • And expensive to put up and take down.

        Leave the rubble on Kathleen Wynne’s lawn.

  • Mike Tyson

    Those poor birds.