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Environmental Assessment


Bear Lake Wind Power Project


On 24 October 2023, Bear Lake Wind Ltd registered the Bear Lake Wind Power Project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act.

The purpose of the proposed undertaking is to construct and operate an up to 15 turbine, up to 89 MW wind project. The wind turbines will be up to 206.5 m tall to the tip of the blade and individually produce up to 7 MW. Included in the project is the construction of access roads, electrical collector lines, a substation and temporary laydown areas. The proposed project is located at the intersection of West Hants, Chester and Halifax Municipalities, near the community of Upper Vaughn. Construction is intended to begin in 2024 and the wind farm is expected to be operational for 35 years beginning in 2025.

Minister's Decision

On 13 December 2023, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change released a decision (PDF) concerning this review. The Minister has decided to approve the undertaking in accordance with Section 13(1)b of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, pursuant to Part IV of the Environment Act. The undertaking has been approved subject to a number of conditions (PDF).   

Project Documents


Opportunities for Public Input

Public comments on the Registration were accepted until 23 November 2023.

All comments received from the public consultation will be posted on the department's website for public viewing. In the case of an individual, the address, email and contact information will be removed before being placed on the website.