Tidal turbine won’t be tested in St. Mary’s Bay…for now

June 19, 2017

Cape Sharp won’t be doing any tidal power testing in St. Mary’s Bay.

It had been planning to move its huge test turbine from Minas Passage to St. Mary’s Bay. It took it out of the water late last week but after a close examination decided to take it directly to Saint John and not do any testing for now in St. Mary’s.

That news was welcomed by the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fisherman’s Association which has failed so far to stop the testing in court. Spokesman Chris Hudson told the Chronicle Herald the fact Cape Sharp wanted to move to calmer, slower moving water means the company is not equipped to monitor the function of its turbine in the Minas Passage much less the effects on the ecology of the Bay of Fundy.

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