Lohr: Meeting planned on Scott’s Bay tidal project

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John Lohr

There has been much in the news lately about the Halcyon company proposed tidal project. There will be a meeting on Feb. 4 at the Old Orchard Inn hosted by Halcyon to provide information on the project. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

In case you are not familiar with the details, the project calls for a concrete structure from Baxters Harbour to nearly Cape Split. The structure will hold back the tide just enough to generate power as the ocean washes in and out of Scott’s Bay.

This is a massive project they are proposing and there will many steps of approval needed before it becomes a reality.... if ever. I know there is already a group who oppose the project and it is my inclination to agree with them. However, it goes against my nature to decide about something before I really know the details, so I will be very interested in what Halcyon has to say.

My instinct tells me that these people really don't understand the Bay of Fundy and the forces of nature at work here. Will they be able to build a structure which will survive a harsh winter gale? Just ask the people who maintain our wharves about those winter storms!

Another issue is how much will we pay for the electricity produced. The COMFIT feed in tariff rate for small scale in stream tidal power is 65.2 cents per kWh according to the NS Dept of Energy website. This project is too large to attract that rate, but what rate will we pay? The Bay of Fundy and its potential power generation is a resource which belongs to us all. Paying Halcyon an attractive subsidy to produce electricity and sell it to us for several times the market rate doesn't make any sense to me. They should be paying us for the opportunity to use the site, not us paying them. Will Halcyon even be interested in the project if that is the case?

Finally, what are the environmental implications? The tidal power plant in Annapolis Royal had some very unexpected environmental effects, including increased shore erosion. This will need to be evaluated very carefully. Once the structure is built there will be no turning back. Let’s hope we get some answers Tuesday night!

Organizations: Old Orchard Inn, NS Dept of Energy, Annapolis Royal

Geographic location: Halcyon, Bay of Fundy

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  • Cynthia Morrison
    Cynthia Morrison
    February 04, 2014 - 15:43

    by the way...Lohr is the one that said 'forget the salmon....they're gone"...when a concerned citizen wrote a letter to ask him what was the Gov't doing about the loss of our WILD Atlantic Salmon into the Bay of Fundy area....even tho the Marine biologists had them in a holding tank in Gaspereau trying to keep them alive & taking DNA samples in case they didn't...trying to save the species...until we could find out what the problem was with their dwindling numbers....Instead the Gov't allowed the creation of a GMO fish...which is two different salmons & eel crossed..calling it Atlantic Salmon...on shelves in the Grocery store now....not labelled GMO...that caused infested the WILD Salmon & caused parasites in them... Yes, the GMO Salmon is owned by an American company... Yes, with the infection of parasites into them....& that loss to the farmed salmon...the Gov't gave them millions of dollars in compensation...even tho they had their own insurance..

  • Terri mcCulloch
    February 02, 2014 - 22:58

    Barrage-style tidal power devices are a bit 'old school'. I think that the individual turbines being tested across the Minas Channel near Parrsboro have the potential to generate high amts of electricity with much less environmental impact than dams.

  • Spurlyn Gates
    February 02, 2014 - 13:00

    Is this an American Company , how much money does the Nova Scotia people receive a year for the use and privilege to use our land ,space and services which we pay for. What are the benefits we must receive .Before a company receives any benefits . Is there any Canadian monies going into this project ?

  • Natalie
    February 02, 2014 - 09:05

    Ben, you need to do better reseaech, or visit Scott's Bay and look at every single sign in the community.

  • Ben Thomas
    February 01, 2014 - 13:00

    How incompetent are you? Firstly, Scott's Bay is officially spelled Scots Bay.