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Board OKs wind farm appeal bid

BRIDGEWATER – The developers of the South Canoe wind project and Chester municipal council have failed in their bid to quash an appeal of a South Shore wind farm.

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board ruled Thursday that Friends of South Canoe Lake and Homburg Land Bank Corporation Limited are “aggrieved persons” under the Municipal Government Act.

The municipality and project developers Nova Scotia Power Inc., Minas Basin Pulp and Power Limited and Oxford Frozen Foods Limited had argued that the residents group and Homburg, which owns land in the affected area, did not have adequate grounds to appeal the South Canoe wind farm.

The $200-million project would be the largest wind farm in the province with 34 turbines between Vaughan and New Russell, producing enough energy to power 32,000 homes.

Neither the municipality nor the developers challenged Homburg’s grounds for appeal but both challenged the group’s grounds of appeal.

The board says that while the grounds put forth by the group “are not perfectly framed,” they do have “sufficient substance” to support their appeal.

It ruled the group’s issue with emissions from the proposed development “is, in itself, adequate as a ground,” and that further submissions have provided “significant fuller disclosure of concerns they wish to advance in this appeal.”

The ruling clears the way for the appeal to be heard on May 30 in the New Ross firehall.