- World Energy GH2 wants to make 164 wind turbines on the peninsula.
- Citizens on the Port au Port Peninsula have problems over a proposed wind farm project for the place.
Citizens of the Port au Port Peninsula are concerned about the potential environmental and regional effects of a proposed massive wind farm, so much so that they’re hounding the firm behind the mega project for explanations.
World Energy GH2 — made up of four partnering firms — wants to make 164 wind turbines on the peninsula, located in western Newfoundland, and use the energy created there to produce green hydrogen and ammonia in a plant nearby Stephenville.
If the mega project is backed, 2,500 employees, including 100 permanent jobs, come with it. But the 200-meter high turbines would also change the landscape of the site.
“Our main issue is that we don’t know precisely what is going on, and what is a safe space for these windmills to be from the shorelines and also from habitation,” Peter Fenwick, owner of Inn at the Cape in Cape St. George, described in an interview with CBC News on Monday.
“Until we get some info on that, it’s tough to say that this is a type of project that we’d be curious to support.”
He estimates that one of the turbines would be almost a kilometer from his property but said it’s tough to know precisely where that may be. He’s afraid the wind project will hurt his business.
“If it’s anywhere where it has any sort of noises or vibrations that our guests can feel at the inn, it would be quite harmful to our business,” he said.
“On that ground, we have to know where it is and whether or not it’s a danger to what we’re doing.”
Source – CBC News