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Letter threatens Ontario farmers with wind turbines on land

Credits: CRAIG GLOVER The London Free Press / QMI AGENCY

JOHN MINER AND RANDY RICHMOND | QMI AGENCY

An anonymous letter sent to The London Free Press threatening every farmer who works on land with wind turbines is sparking alarm on both sides of the debate and prompted an OPP investigation.

With the heading, "Notice to all Farmers and Custom Farming Operators," the single-page letter reads: "Any field that has an industrial wind turbine will be subject to having foreign materials placed in the crops which will result in very serious damage to any harvesting equipment." The letter is signed, "Regards, Your neighbors."

The envelope included no return address.

"It is a pretty complex issue, but we are not going to sit back and tolerate any mischief or vandalism," OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor said Monday.

"Criminal acts are going to be looked at on their own merit and dealt with accordingly and appropriately. There is a difference between a peaceful protest and trying to further someone's agenda through vandalism."

The threat to sabotage farm fields hosting wind turbines follows an arson attack just weeks ago on a wind turbine installation in Haldimand County that caused $60,000 damage.

Last summer, a wind farm employee in West Grey told police he was threatened by a shotgun-wielding man who said he would kill the employee if the employee came back to the area again.

The acts of vandalism and threats follow years of bitter exchanges between advocates and opponents of the massive industrial wind farm development under way in Ontario.

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