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Wind farm fight goes online

PUGWASH – The fight against a proposed wind farm near the Gulf Shore has gone online.

The Gulf Shore Preservation Association has launched the website http://protectpugwash.org to makes contacting Premier Darrell Dexter, cabinet ministers and local representatives regarding the wind farm much easier.

The website shares the area’s history, articulates local residents’ concerns and allows citizens to take action by writing their own comments to government.

“We feel it is very important that members of our association and those of the community are being heard. We can’t say for certain the government is actually listening, but the more of us involved and the louder we get, the harder we will be to ignore,” association president Lisa Betts said. “There are very serious concerns with this project and we believe it is the obligation of concerned residents to take action.”

The association is calling on the province to stop the project that could see up to 12 turbines erected near the Irishtown Road.

Atlantic Wind Farms has submitted its environmental assessment to the province.

The group of residents fighting the project wants the province to throw out the assessment saying it’s full of deficiencies.

The company says it has listened to residents concerns since a previous project was abandoned several years ago. The latest project is proposing fewer turbines, farther away from the shoreline and homes and cottages.