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Big Thunder Wind Project Preconstruction Activities Underway

Aug. 15, 2013 – Horizon Wind Inc. (Horizon) has begun geotechnical testing in conjunction with the proposed Big Thunder Wind Park project which requires the removal of some trees and brush clearing to allow access for equipment, and will not involve actual road bed construction.

“Horizon has recently accessed the City's lands for the purpose of conducting feasibility studies, including soil testing,” said Tim Commisso, City Manager. “Safety of the public who may be using the trails in the area is also a priority.”

Trail users are advised to heed the cautionary signage and delineation of the work site and not put themselves at risk.

In accordance with the City’s agreements with Horizon, limited tree cutting is permitted in advance of the various approvals the project requires, as was presented to Council in Open Session on April 4, 2011. It was identified that “some pre-construction work on that site (including geotechnical testing in preparation of the proposed road construction) will be required and will be permitted.”

Horizon has conferred with City Staff and will be adhering to the general principles of Article 2 of the City’s Public Tree By-law 008-2005, which stipulates that trees will be preserved where possible, however, it is acknowledged that some tree clearing is required for the project. A replanting program has also been agreed to and is in place.

The City has retained Dillon Consulting Limited to act as its construction consultant and monitor preconstruction activities on the site. Horizon is working with KBM, a local firm who are experts in forestry management.

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Contact: Tim Commisso, City Manager, 625-2224
              Joel DePeuter, Manager – Realty Services, 625-2545