The proponents of a 60-megawatt wind farm in the Montreal River area say they hope to hear soon about environmental approval from the province. Blu Earth Renewables and Batchewana First Nation have proposed a 36-turbine wind farm on Bow Lake, just south of Montreal River and close to the shores of Lake Superior. Details of the project were posted to the Ministry of Environment’s Environmental Registry on May 13 for a 45-day comment period that ended June 27.
“The review process has been very thorough, and we have worked hard to answer all questions raised, so we are hopeful a decision will be made soon,” said Kelly Matheson, Blu Earth’s vice-president regulatory and communications, in an e-mail Thursday. The MOE conducts a six-month review of all such applications, putting the target date for a decision on Nov. 13, though Sarah Raetsen, of the MOE’s environmental approvals branch, said a decision could come before or after that date.
Raetsen said she could not comment on how many comments the MOE received during the 45-day comment period until after a decision is made. She said comments that do not contain personal information will be published once a decision is made. Read article