Residents say no to wind farm

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Some of the residents who attended a community meeting in Comeau’s Hill Thursday to discuss the wind farm proposed for their area.Eric Bourque photo

Residents packed the community hall in Comeau’s Hill Thursday night and made it clear they are against a wind farm project planned for their community.

They expressed various concerns regarding the project, saying they worry what it could do to their health, the environment and wildlife, among other things.

They urged the Municipality of Argyle to take action similar to that taken in King’s County, where big wind-energy project development has been put on hold, at least for the near future.

The meeting – which drew an estimated 100 people – was a heated one, residents angrily saying they know very little about the wind farm being proposed by Anaia Global Renewable Energies.

Some said they didn’t realize the project was planned for the Comeau’s Hill/Little River Harbour area, noting that the project had been referred to as the Wedgeport wind farm.

They say the project will result in reduced property values and that this, in turn, will offset any increased tax revenue the Municipality of Argyle might get from the proposed wind farm.

Natasha d’Entremont-O’Connell, who opened the meeting with some remarks on behalf of residents concerned about the project, said, “We all need to work together on this very important matter and, unfortunately, time is not on our side.”

Argyle MLA Chris d’Entremont, who was on hand to help facilitate the discussion, said he supports the community in its concerns about the project, as did Junior Murphy, who represents the Comeau’s Hill area on Argyle municipal council.

Argyle Warden Aldric d’Entremont, one of the Argyle council members who attended Thursday’s meeting, said council would hold a special meeting to discuss the issue, although a date for the meeting was not given.

Organizations: Argyle municipal council

Geographic location: Little River Harbour, Wedgeport

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  • Dianne Jacquard
    July 17, 2012 - 09:31

    Could I make a suggestion? There has been comments about how the residents close to the windmills in Pubnico are suffering health, noise, lowered property assessments, etc. and I would like to know more about these concerns. Could a follow up to this ariticle be about following up with these residents in Pubnico who are close to the windmills? It would be an unbiased look at life around these windmills. This article would certainly shed light on the issues for people in the Municipality of Argyle and I am sure would interest some residents of the Annapolis Valley. They are facing the same issues.

  • BJ Tate
    July 17, 2012 - 07:48

    Such an important project can't be allowed to slip away from our area without further consultation, and more input from Argyle residents on both sides of the debate. The dollar figures I've read, relating to this particular wind farm, range from $100-120 million. That's a huge investment in our region. The energy generated would be obtained without releasing toxic emissions from a coal-burning system into the air. It would be enough to serve many thousands of families, and it would be distributed locally via the Tusket Falls power station. The setback concerns appear to be the main objection and they will apparently be addressed at an upcoming Municipal Council meeting on Thursday evening (July 19th). Wind energy is clean energy, far less harmful to wildlife and the environment than our current fossil-fuel system, and has many supporters who fully understand that our future will be shaped by the way we treat our planet right now (Audubon Society, David Suzuki , Sierra Club Canada). If we continue our reliance on coal-fired generators, and keep inhaling their invisible but very real emissions, the negative impact on our health can only get worse. Nova Scotia already leads the rest of Canada in death rates from both cancer (especially lung cancer) and respiratory disease. We are also one of the top three provinces that rely on fossil fuels to produce our electricity. Air quality definitely has a major impact on human health. Ours has been challenged by pollution from other areas but we can do something, ourselves, to combat this toxic situation. Wind farms are a step in the right direction; they won't fill all of our energy needs or solve all of our air-quality problems, but they're an option well worth considering.

  • Sandra
    July 16, 2012 - 20:52

    I agree with Sheleey I was there to learn more about the windmills, I was not either for or against them as were many other people there. I think the article should be clarified that NOT ALL were against the windmills.

  • Shelley LeBlanc
    July 16, 2012 - 05:04

    I would just like to make it clear that not all residents are against the proposed wind farms. Not only are many willing to listen to more information with open minds, many are already in support of them at this time.

  • Juamita
    July 14, 2012 - 09:42

    I truly don't understand this negative stand against a wind farm. Has no one researched this out to see the benefits? It's clean, quiet ( much more quiet then the old metal windmills) and has also been proved that wild life has no problem with this. If you go stand stand next to one of these you barely hear it. Windmills have been around for how long now and what we are seeing now is just a more modern versions of them. Did you know that one of these can power 500 homes? I don't understand why more people aren't using them on their own property. The noise complaints are just invalid. If noise bothers people then push for the proper muffler systems on the cars youngsters are driving now. Noise is parents yelling at their kids instead just quietly disciplining them. Noise is the loud boom boom music coming from cars which leads to people talking louder because they refuse to turn down the music. When you talk louder when the music goes, you talk louder all the time and that encroaches on someone else's peace and quiet. I don't hear anyone complaining about all this yet they say windmills are noisey? Seriously?

  • Janie Harding
    July 14, 2012 - 09:01

    I live in the community of Little River Harbour and I feel that we have been led to believe that this project is in Wedgeport. It is not. The majority of the land of interest for development that AnaiaGlobal states as approximately 2.5 km west from the community of Wedgeport, north of Little River Harbour - it is NOT north of the community of Little River Harbour - it IS in Little River Harbour. I am very concerned about the information that is being given to the public. If this information is not correct, what other information is not correct or being withheld. Our elected official need to listen to our concerns and stop the "Wedgeport Wind Farm" development.

  • J Hatfield
    July 13, 2012 - 11:48

    I would like to comment that the residents did not simply say no to wind farm as the title of your article states they said "NO, NO, NO, NO......". "This is a quote from an article dated July13th,2012 on the CJLS website concerning this same meeting. "Rodrigo Moura says they heard the community loud and clear but they're not going anywhere.

    • Dianne Jacquard
      July 17, 2012 - 08:12

      This whole issue should not be about where the wind farm will be. It is about addressing the issues concerned in a calm, informed way. What are the benefits? There are some, even if some people don't want to listen to them. What are the cons? There are some of these also. It is about meeting in the middle, being informed and presenting a case that is based on current information. For me, looking at the information presented, I would say that I am for this project. This does not mean that it is going to happen.