(CHATHAM, ON) – The Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued an order yesterday restraining and preventing anyone from blockading, obstructing, or impeding access to any of the construction sites for the North Kent Wind 1 wine turbine project in North Chatham.
The court also lifted the North Kent Wind’s prior agreement not to engage in construction activity at the specific T5 site.
The Superior Court noted in its decision that a settlement was reached between North Kent Wind and Kevin Jakubec, of Water Wells First. As part of the settlement, Jakubec agreed that he shall not trespass on the Wind Project Lands, block access to the wind project lands, or otherwise unlawfully interfere or counsel others to interfere with the project.
The motion for injunctive relief became necessary after some protestors were engaging in, what North Kent Wind believed, was unlawful conduct, including setting up blockades and trespassing on private property.
The activities of the protestors escalated to the point where North Kent Wind determined that it could not continue to operate in that environment, partly because of concerns about the safety of workers and protestors alike.