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Last chance to speak up on this

Save Our Algoma Region (SOAR) reminds readers that Thursday is the last time people will have a chance to ask questions or raise concerns about a proposed development situated close the the Lake Superior Provincial Park.

Save Our Algoma Region (SOAR) reminds readers that Thursday is the last time people will have a chance to ask questions or raise concerns about a proposed development situated close the the Lake Superior Provincial Park.

The final open house for the proposed Bow Lake Wind Project takes place on Thursday, December 13 between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m.

This come and go format meeting will be held at Aweres Public School, 185 Highway 556, RR 2 (Searchmont Highway) north of Sault Ste. Marie.

It is hosted by Calgary-based BlueEarth Renewables Inc., developers of the proposed Bow Lake Wind Project.

This is the final public meeting that will be held before the developers apply to the government of Ontario for a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) and the final opportunity for residents of Algoma and others to record their opinions about the project, says SOAR.

As reported earlier by SooToday.com, the proposed project would see 86 wind turbines erected mostly on crown land which is identified as Batechewana First Nation traditional territory, approximately 80 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie, close to Lake Superior’s eastern shore and south of the Montreal River.

Members of SOAR say they want to maintain tourism as that area of Algoma's major industry.

They are concerned that the Bow Lake Wind Project would damage the natural state Lake Superior heritage coast with the intrusion of industrial development and seriously detract from tourism opportunities in the area. 

Members of the group are also concerned about potential ill effects the Bow Lake Wind Project could have on human health and on the ecological health of the area.