“The Eco Awareness Society opposes awarding a Power Purchase Agreement to Shear Wind’s Glen Dhu South industrial wind power plant under the current Request for Proposals process,” said Susan Overmyer, president and spokesperson for the Society.
The site of the proposed Glen Dhu South industrial wind power plant straddles Highway 104 through the Marshy Hope area, an area given the rare rating of “very high” for scenic quality value by the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. The Marshy Hope area has also been described by former Deputy Premier Angus MacIsaac as a “Nova Scotia gem” and that the “Marshy Hope hills and valleys (are) an area worthy of protection.”
“How then, can we justify the Glen Dhu South industrial wind power plant in this same area”, asked Ms. Overmyer? In fact, in a recent U.K. landmark High Court ruling Judge Justice Lang ruled in favour of preserving the landscape. She wrote, “As a matter of law it is not correct to assert that the national policy promoting the use of renewable resources … negates the local landscape policies or must be given primacy over them.”
According to Shear Wind’s Environmental Assessment for this project they concede that “Nova Scotia markets itself as a tourism destination” and that “In addition to visual impacts and aesthetics experienced by residents, the Project will affect the visual characteristics and, therefore, opinions of visitors to the region.”
“If this project is awarded a Power Purchase Agreement by Renewable Energy Administrator John Dalton it will show a callus disregard for what makes Nova Scotia so unique”, said Ms. Overmyer. “Destroying this distinctive, spectacular scenic corridor is not renewable.”
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