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Two major wind farm projects gain Wheatland's approval

Wheatland County has given municipal approval for two major wind power developers, for two separate farms that will dot the Wintering Hills, located southwest of Dalum.
Greengate Power Corp. and Suncor Energy Inc. both were approved by the county, on December 9 and January 13 respectively, bringing the approximately 166 turbines one step closer to becoming a reality.
Both Suncor and Greengate still need to seek provincial approval by attaining permits through the Alberta Utilities Commission.
The plateau of grazing and cultivated land being used for the project is northeast of the intersections of Highway 56 and Highway 584, 20-30 kilometres south of Dalum.
The combined projects will power over 80,000 Alberta homes a year.
Greengate’s project alone will offset 200,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, according to President Dan Balaban.

Community facility progress unveiled to town

community-facility-metting---bryce-nimmo.jpg Gathering in the gymnasium of St. Anthony’s School, the Badlands Community Facility Steering Committee heard Drumheller’s concerns and thoughts at the first of three public meetings regarding the much-debated community facility.
Mayor Bryce Nimmo, along with some of the eleven members of the steering committee and five Town Councillors, presented their vision of the possibilities a multi-use “hub” would bring to the tourist based economy of Drumheller.
“This meeting will give us an opportunity to find out what the facility should look like, we don’t know that yet,” Nimmo said.
Facility priorities outlined for the twelve people in attendance were the hot-button words “multiuse”, “social hub” for community, cultural and recreational activities, and to provide services to satisfy the majority of users.
Overviewing the 2008 Census Survey which indicated the citizen’s top-wants for the facility are a community centre, aquatics upgrades, a second ice sheet, a fieldhouse (used for soccer, lacrosse, running, etc.), and an indoor children's playground.

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