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Homeowners sue company, host farm over wind power generation project

Published by Steve Coleman on January 18, 2012

Trouble is blowing in for wind developer WPD Canada and a farmer who signed a lease to host wind turbines on the property.

A Stayner, Ont. family has launched a lawsuit against both looking for an injunction and $2 million in damages over the proposed Fairview Wind Farm.

"This claim seems unique because the owner of the proposed farm is also being sued," said lawyer Eric Gillespie. "Landowners who decide to allow turbines may need to look carefully at their legal position and potential liability."

The plaintiffs launched the suit over lower property values. The couple, Sylvia Wiggins and her husband John, say they put their home on the market in 2011 and saw showing dry up after the wind project was announced.

The couple says another company that decided to buy out objecting homeowners to make room for the project lost 35 per cent of the resale value when they put the houses back on the market.

"These kinds of things appear to be happening with wind farms," John Wiggins said. "We decided to do something now."

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