Bylaw fair, reasonable: wind official

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Atlantic Wind Powers looking to continue to work with community

Even though Cumberland Countys wind farm bylaw will allow his project to move ahead, the president of Atlantic Wind Power still wants to work with Gulf Shore residents.

I think its a fair and reasonable bylaw, Charles Demond said Thursday. Regardless of the bylaw, we want to continue to work with the community and address sensible concerns. That was our commitment from day one.

Even though Cumberland Countys wind farm bylaw will allow his project to move ahead, the president of Atlantic Wind Power still wants to work with Gulf Shore residents.

I think its a fair and reasonable bylaw, Charles Demond said Thursday. Regardless of the bylaw, we want to continue to work with the community and address sensible concerns. That was our commitment from day one.

Part of that process includes taking a close look at the layout of what its proposing on the Gulf Shore and opening a dialog with area residents to find a workable solution.

The project is not written in stone. Were going to have our consultants become a little more active and provide an opportunity for residents to talk to them, Demond said.

Additional public meetings are being planned for July and later in the summer and Demond indicated his company will also hold meetings in the Halifax area for cottage owners living in the city.

As much as hes opening the door to discussion, Demond remains puzzled by some of the claims being made by opponents to the project.

Im puzzled with some of the things that are claimed to be issues when theres so much evidence and information to suggest the exact opposite, he said.

If all goes well, Demond believes construction would take place in 2009 for completion in 2010.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Atlantic Wind Power

Geographic location: Halifax

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