Feedlot owner wants review of decision to deny expansion near popular Alberta lake

EDMONTON — A feedlot owner wants a regulatory board to review its decision to deny his request to expand his operation near a popular recreational lake in central Alberta.

Greg Thalen of G&S Farms is asking the Natural Resources Conservation Board to take another look at its decision to deny his proposal for a 4,000-head feedlot near the shores of Pigeon Lake.

The board denied the request in August, saying the effect on the local communities and watershed wouldn't be acceptable.

In filings to the board, Thalen says his plan conforms to all technical requirements.

He says the board did no independent study of what his plan's effects would be and relied too heavily on research from the Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan.

He says that plan was prepared by people with no legal standing in the application.

Local residents have said they fear Thalen's plans would further damage the lake, already susceptible to algae from too many nutrients.

The Canadian Press