New Brunswick

Bathurst withdraws from Anse-Bleue wind farm project

City council rejected a request for funding for the Chaleur Ventus Energy Project that is to be built in Anse-Bleue, about 56 kilometres northwest of the city.

City said the project was no longer profitable and that there were issues around social licence

The City of Bathurst is a partner with Fredericton-based Naveco Power and NB Power. (Martin Toulgoat/Radio-Canada)

A planned wind farm in the Bathurst, N.B., area was struck a major blow on Monday.

City council withdrew an application for funding for the Chaleur Ventus Energy Project planned for Anse-Bleue, about 56 kilometres northwest of Bathurst.

At a special meeting of council the city said it no longer the thought the project would be profitable.

The city was the majority partner in a group aiming to build five windmills on the site.

The project has been controversial for people living in the small community since it was announced.

Resident Patrick Thériault told Radio-Canada that 85 per cent of the community signed a petition against the wind farm, which was then submitted to Bathurst city council.

The city is a partner with Fredericton-based Naveco Power and NB Power.

If built, the farm was expected to generate enough electricity to power 9,000 homes.

With files from René Landry, Alix Villeneuve and Radio-Canada

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