On Monday, January 9th, 2017. A pressure tank on the former Dover township farm of Laurier Cartier was cut in half under supervision of a qualified hydro-geologist investigating the cause of ongoing well Interference believed to be caused by ground vibrations from the nearby wind farms.
A number of samples were removed under proper chain of custody protocol to be lab analyzed to determine if the Black Sediments found in large amounts will confirm the presence of Kettle Point Black Shale.
Water Wells First continues its Investigation in a step-by-step fashion. Gather evidence and expert consensus.
Kettle Point Black Shale pieces where found present earlier in Dover well water samples during a recon survey in August, 2016.
Black Shale, particularly the Kettle Point Black Shale bedrock formation has been identified to be an Environmental Hazard because of the high concentration of heavy metals found in the Black Shale.
Water Wells First has continued alone to raise public donations in a citizen science approach to hire qualified experts to determine the cause of why Black Particulates are appearing in a number of rural wells in the Chatham-Kent Municipality.
The studies on Black Shale as an Environmental Hazard are scientifically accepted, the recon survey results and the opinions of several experts including a Bedrock Geologist in sworn affidavits where made available to the C-K Municipality when the Municipality joined as a party during the Environmental Review Tribunal Appeal of the North-Kent 1 windfarm earlier in the Fall of 2016.
The Mayor and Chief Legal Consul for the Municipality issued a Press statement after the Tribunal saying they reviewed these documents but in their sole judgment decided to NOT accept them or the concern of damage to a Freshwater Aquifer that supplies water to thousands of families.
At no time as Mayor Randy Hope or the Municipality put forth the common sense or taken the leadership to call for an investigation into what is happening to the groundwater supply in the Municipality.
The most appropriate action Mayor Hope and Council could do is hire a Hydro-geologist to inventory the water wells in Dover township. Determine the number of wells affected. Then direct a focused research effort on those wells showing interference.
Or at the very least demand a full Investigation by the MOECC and call for a release by CANWEA- Canadian Wind Industry Association and the two Dover windfarms and release the well owners gagged under Confidentiality Agreements who received filtration equipment when they complained of damaged wells to the wind developer(s).
Well Interference. Wells producing sediments when no sediments were ever seen before indicates a change in the underlying aquifer. This change in source water makes it incumbent on the Mayor to explain what is happening to this source water, and to try to find why it’s happening.
Not dismiss the problem or kick the problem down the road to a point when the Mayor and Councillors are long out of office.
The Mayor, the elected Council and the Administration of the Chatham-Kent Municipality have turned a blind eye to ongoing well Interference in the county.
The position of Water Wells First is this unwillingness to address a threat to source water is a breach of the public trust placed in this Mayor, Council and Administration. It is tantamount to willful negligence and a breach of fiduciary duty for the Mayor to not demand an investigation by the MOECC into the cause of this well Interference.
Reference Chatham Daily News Article
Pressure tank captures large amount of sludge from Dover water well