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Battle brews in Bay of Fundy: Opinion split on tidal turbine

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Thursday, November 3, 2016, 8:56 PM - Separating southern New Brunswick from Nova Scotia, the tides of the Bay of Fundy are very famously the world's highest.

And as renewable power is increasingly seen as an alternative to more traditional energy sources, the massive force of those tides is a potential source of clean and plentiful tidal energy. In Nova Scotia, some estimates suggest a burgeoning tidal energy industry could boost GDP up to $1.7 billion by 2040.

But the tides also attract a wide array of marine life, making for a rich ecosystem that has many concerned over the environmental cost of installing turbines.

A recent attempt by one fisherman's association to get an injunction against two test turbines was denied by a Nova Scotia judge, paving the way for the next step.

Reporter Nathan Coleman went to Parrsboro, N.S., to take a look at the issue. Watch his report, above.

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