ST. MARY’S — EverWind Fuels hopes to build one of its three planned wind farms in Guysborough County on land not far from the proposed site of a controversial open-pit gold mine and a now-protected lake near Sherbrooke, according to a company spokesman.

“As part of the three Crown exclusivity sites awarded to EverWind in Guysborough County, the Wind Farm 3 is proposed for the Crown land block area north of the number 7 highway and Sherbrooke, which is in a similar area to Cochrane Hill,” EverWind Engagement Manager Mark Stewart confirmed in an email on June 10. 

The wind farm in question area includes the communities of Newtown and Middle Country Harbour, which are also part of the Cochrane Hill gold district designated by the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables (DNRR). 

Last August, Australian mining company St Barbara suffered a setback in its plans to build a gold mine in the area, when the provincial government declared 1,700 acres of pristine wetlands and old-growth forest around Archibald Lake – its water the company had hoped to use in its operations – off limits.

According to Stewart, Wind Farm 3 will be “excluded from the newly designated Archibald Wilderness Area and any other protected areas. Additionally, environmental mitigation measures will be implemented to minimize environmental impacts to old growth forest, wetlands, watercourses and other environmentally sensitive features.”

Meanwhile, he said, “EverWind is working collaboratively with the province. We will continue to work with the province and the community to develop these projects in consultation with the relevant people and other uses in the area… We are currently in the very early stages of the development and have yet to undertake significant assessment work on the ground.”

EverWind – which has been running a series of open houses in Guysborough County over the past two weeks – plans to build two other wind farms in the vicinity of Mulgrave, Hadleyville and Lincolnville; and West Cooks Cove, Larry’s River and Goldboro.

By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Jun 12, 2024 at 09:27

This item reprinted with permission from   Guysborough Journal   Guysborough, Nova Scotia
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