On the Farm: Lots to be considered on tidal power project

Glenn Ells
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Jan. 22 was a blizzard day. Schools were closed and to give everyone time to dig out, they were closed again on Jan. 23. Two in a row doesn’t happen that often. Leta and I stayed fairly close to our woodstove both days.

There is this historic part of our house that was latest in advanced thinking when it was added to the 1832 house sometime later. We use it now as a small woodhouse, but when it was built, it eliminated the “path” and provided a necessary service without the need to go outdoors.

The only problem with this indoor wood storage is that in a winter like this, it is darn near empty and February isn’t here yet. We have a large woodhouse next to another building, but there is a lot of snow and cold in between the two places where we keep our wood dry. It’s too bad that Capt. Perry Ells or whomever added to the house many years ago didn’t go for a “three holes” or even a place for the whole family to use “designated places.” It’s still very hard to get members of this family to plan ahead.

The Halifax paper didn’t make it to our mailbox yesterday, but our mail delivery person did and the Register arrived on schedule. The front page article about the proposed tidal power project in Scott’s Bay looked interesting, so I approached our computer and typed – one-finger style – in the website mentioned in the article. I even printed off six pages of information and drawings.

A lot of my questions have been answered. From the first press release, it seemed that the barrage with the generators would come ashore at Baxter’s Harbour. The sketch in the info I printed off seems to indicate the south end joins the shore somewhere between Black Hole and Bennett Bay.

It doesn’t look like there would be an opportunity for boats to cross the barrage, but maybe there is.

I intend to attend the public meeting on Feb. 4 at the Old Orchard Inn and see what more is to be learned. There is a lot to be considered regarding this project and there is more than a NIMBY reaction to be concerned about.

Don’t forget the second Eagle Watch Weekend coming up Feb. 1-2. See you for pancakes and local sausages at the Sheffield Mills Community Centre. 

Organizations: Old Orchard Inn, Sheffield Mills Community Centre

Geographic location: Scott, Bennett Bay

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