PUGWASH, NS, Feb. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The Gulf Shore Preservation
Association sent a letter to the Minister of Environment calling on him
to suspend the public comment period for the 'Pugwash Wind Farm
Environmental Assessment' until the proponent has completed the studies
necessary for an Environmental Assessment to be deemed complete.
Richard Gray wrote for the association, "It is surprising that this
document has been deemed complete and acceptable by your Ministry, but
we expect upon further review of these items you will see fit to
suspend the comment period on the Pugwash Wind Farm Environmental
Assessment until the proponent has completed the work necessary..."
The proponent wants to install five wind turbines in areas the proponent
describes as 'wet forest or wetlands', which is a clear contravention
of Nova Scotia's Provincial Wetland Conservation Policy.
The document has been reviewed by a number of members of the community
and experts who have found the following deficiencies:
1) Proponent has not determined the number of turbines they plan to
install (pg 3).
2) The manufacturer or model of turbines has not been determined (pg
12). It is impossible for the proponent to provide accurate noise
assessments, shadow flicker assessments or to describe the physical
construction requirements for the turbine bases without this
information (pg 12).
3) Access road to 'WTG 2' is not finalized (pg 99).
4) Electrical cabling route is not finalized (pg 4).
5) Archeological studies are not complete (pg 99).
6) Geotechnical studies have not been completed (pg13).
7) Turbines 4 and 12 are proposed to be installed IN wetlands (pg 42).
8) Turbines 2, 3, Alt-4, and 7 are located in 'wet forest or wetland'
9) The 'winter bird monitoring' is not complete. Results expected after
March 2012 (pg 27).
10) The bat study was completed outside the project zone and the
methodology used made it impossible to record bats at heights over 40
metres (pg 52). The proposed wind turbines are up to 157 metres tall
11) Plans to transport wind turbine components to the project site are
not complete (pg 14).
12) No first nations consultations have been completed and the Mi'kmaq
Ecological Knowledge study is expected to be completed in spring 2012
13) Based on local knowledge a number of breeding birds and mammals
known to exist within the project area were omitted by the proponent
(pg 45 and 50).
14) 'Consideration is being given' to building a permanent structure
within the project zone. No detail on scale or location provided(pg
15) No Decommissioning plan has been completed (pg 16).
16) Erosion and sediment control plans do not yet exist (pg 18).
17) No EPP (Environmental Protection Plan) has been developed (pg 20).
An electronic copy of the Environmental Assessment is available on the
Department of Environment's website at http://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/ea/pugwash.wind.farm.asp
A copy of the GSPA letter to Minister Belliveau is available on request.
SOURCE Gulf Shore Preservation Association
For further information:
Gulf Shore Preservation Association
902 243 3105