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Raissa Tetanish
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Open house offers citizens to voice concerns

Residents with concerns about the developing Pugwash Wind Farm project will have a chance to raise any concerns during an open house with Atlantic Wind Power Corporation tonight.

Over the past week or so, one local resident, Lisa Betts, has brought up concerns about the distance between the turbines and residences.

Residents with concerns about the developing Pugwash Wind Farm project will have a chance to raise any concerns during an open house with Atlantic Wind Power Corporation tonight.

Over the past week or so, one local resident, Lisa Betts, has brought up concerns about the distance between the turbines and residences.

Clair Peers, president of Cobequid Wind Farms, has said that they've been fielding calls and emails from a few concerned citizens and locals.

"I think the biggest concern with those people is the noise, along with the general landscape - what a wind farm will look like, what the turbines will look like. That's most peoples' concerns," said Peers.

To start the evening, Charles Demond, president of the corporation, will be doing a presentation to give an overview of what the farm is all about, what the purpose of it is, how it operates and what the noise levels are.

After the presentation, citizens can take a look at a display involving large pictures of an existing wind farm, the construction of the wind farm and the final view of the wind farm.

The open house is the second of its kind, to help keep the public informed as to where the development of the wind farm sits.

"At the present time, we've tested the wind at the site for two years and four months," said Peers, adding that Nova Scotia Power has made a request for power.

"We've done environmental studies including plant study and bird study, we've secured leases with property owners where the wind farm would be placed and we're also in ongoing discussions with surrounding property owners to construct transmission lines, which will carry the wind from a site to a transformer," Peers added.

The open house runs 6-9 p.m. tonight, at the St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church Hall on the corner of Black and Church streets.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Atlantic Wind Power, Cobequid Wind Farms, Nova Scotia Power St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church Hall

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