Plans by Cobequid Wind Farms to erect 22 wind turbines on Nuttby Mountain will not impact the company’s proposed controversial wind farm project in the Gulf Shore.
“This project will have no impact on that one there,” Atlantic Wind Power Corporation president Charles Demond said Monday. “Both projects are independent of each other but we’ve been considering both of them for quite some time.”
Cobequid Area Wind Farms, who is a partner in the Gulf Shore project with Atlantic Wind Power, is in the process of completing an environmental assessment on the project that will be located north of Truro on what’s the highest point in mainland Nova Scotia.
“We’re still proceeding with it. We’re in the process of completing an environmental assessment project description in the coming weeks and we’ll be taking into account the feedback we’ve obtained through public consultation and the comments both raising concern and showing support for the project,” Demond said referring to the Gulf Shore project.
Gulf Shore Association president Lisa Betts was hoping the development of the Nuttby Mountain project would be an indication of the company’s plans to abandon its Gulf Shore project in light of growing opposition to it.
“I thought they would go with the better project and to us that’s the Nuttby project because there’s no one living around it and there’s better transmission lines there than here,” Betts said. “We’re disappointed because when we heard about that project we thought maybe he’d drop this one. That, to us, seems like the sensible thing to do.”
Atlantic Wind Power Corporation is proposing to erect between 20 and 27 wind turbines in the Gulf Shore area between the Gulf Shore Road and the Irishtown Road. Betts’ association is continuing to fight the proposed project and has both paper and online petitions with more than 1,000 signatures combined.
The group has also written Premier Rodney MacDonald urging the government to put a moratorium on wind farm projects close to residences until their safety can be proven. The Gulf Shore group wants the separation to be set at least two kilometres while the Municipality of Cumberland’s separation is the greater of three times the tower height or 500 metres.
By Darrell Cole
21 August 2007
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