BRIDGEWATER – The provincial Utility and Review Board will hear an appeal of a controversial proposed Lunenburg County wind farm over two days beginning at the end of May.
The Friends of South Canoe Lake filed the appeal of what would be the largest wind farm in the province, approved last month by the Municipality of the District of Chester and to be built on a 3,044-hectare property near New Russell and New Ross.
A company that Halifax businessman Richard Homburg holds has also filed an appeal of the South Canoe Wind Farm project. Homburg Land Bank Corp. owns nine parcels of land in Sherwood, Lunenburg County, that include a 405-hectare 18-hole course called Sherwood Golf & Country Club and chalets.
A company executive could not be reached for information Thursday on why it is appealing the wind farm, but it is believed the corporation’s argument concerns the distance between one of the turbines and its property.
That turbine reportedly would be 600 metres from the Homburg property, which the company may develop.
Emery Peters, spokesman for the residents group, said Thursday its primary concern is setback distances and the potential effects of the wind farm on residents’ health and property values. The 92-metre turbines will be at least 1.2 kilometres from the nearest home.
He said he is looking forward to the hearings.
“Definitely, we would like this done and over with.”
The appeal will be held at the New Ross firehall at 10 a.m. on May 30 and at 6:30 p.m. on June 3.
Anyone who wants to be an intervener and present evidence or cross-examine witnesses must file a letter of request with the board by May 3. Evidence and expert reports must be filed by May 17.
The board said it will only hold the evening session if people notify it in writing by May 14 that they want to speak.
“If no one requests to speak, there will be no evening session,” said a notice of public hearing.
Written comments must be submitted May 21.
The $200-million project would have 34 turbines between Vaughan and New Russell that would produce enough energy to power 32,000 homes.
The project’s lead developers are Oxford Frozen Foods and Minas Basin Pulp and Power Co. Ltd. Nova Scotia Power owns a 49 per cent stake in the project, which is set to become operational by Jan. 1, 2015.
The provincial Environment Department approved the project in July.
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