Nova Scotia

Halifax delays wind power decision

Halifax regional council put off a decision on wind turbines in rural and industrial areas Tuesday following a long public hearing.

Halifax regional council put off a decision on wind turbines in rural and industrial areas Tuesday following a long public hearing.

More than 20 people spoke out during the meeting at City Hall. Most of them were in favour of allowing turbines.

But the group Friends of Jeddore is concerned about the height of turbines and their proximity to homes in rural areas.

"The setback distances that are now set in the bylaw we feel are not adequate to protect people in rural HRM," said Heather Doyle, a Jeddore resident.

"What we're saying is just step back a little, slow the process down. Let's just do the right thing, because if wind energy or renewable energy is at the expense of people's health and safety, then what is the point?"

Council delayed a vote and asked municipal staff to prepare a new report.

The municipality has been working on changes to wind turbine rules for years.

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