Gulf Shore Preservation Association withdraws lawsuit against county

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hoping to resolve wind farm dispute

PUGWASH - The Gulf Shore Preservation Association is going to make another attempt to resolve its ongoing dispute with the Municipality of Cumberland over a proposed wind farm project.

PUGWASH - The Gulf Shore Preservation Association is going to make another attempt to resolve its ongoing dispute with the Municipality of Cumberland over a proposed wind farm project.

Lisa Betts confirmed Friday her organization is discontinuing planned legal action against the county in hopes of reopening the dialog to have the county's recently implemented siting guidelines amended.

"We really want to resolve this in a non-confrontational manner. We know council was divided on this issue and feel if we can sit down as adults and discuss this that we can come up with something that works for the county, the developer and us," she said.

Atlantic Wind Power is proposing a wind farm with between 20 and 27 110-metre tall turbines near the Gulf Shore. Soon after the county passed its amended land-use bylaw, members of the association suggested appealing to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board and/or taking legal action against the county to have the policy overturned.

Betts said the utility board denied the group's appeal saying it was outside its jurisdiction while she feared continuing with legal action might have ended up being a costly venture.

She feels the threat of legal action was also forcing councillors to stop talking about the issue when all they wanted was a dialog.

With additional wind farms proposed for the Amherst area and expansions planned for both Higgins Mountain and Rodney, Betts feels it would wise for the county to make sure it has it right.

"We're not opposed to the notion of setting siting requirements but we have to make sure these things aren't right up against people's homes," she said. "Sound is a strange thing. It can pass over someone's house without affecting them but it will drive their neighbour crazy. We're talking about people's health here, we have to make sure this is done right."



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Gulf Shore Preservation Association, Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board

Geographic location: PUGWASH, Cumberland, Amherst

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  • val
    January 18, 2010 - 11:11

    who is this person Lisa is she an expert on these things? I haven't seen anything yet, to convince me she is ,when looking for iinfo on wind farms,