Excerpt: "Doug MacKenzie's piece should be a wake-up call for all of us. Having a provincial agency, the Ontario Power Authority, responsible for ensuring power needs are met but with no regard for citizens' health and safety, is not only absurd but totally irresponsible." Click here to read more.
The Toronto Star Op-Ed: Why is Oakville's new power plant so close to residents?
Excerpt: "The site chosen for the proposed new Oakville gas power plant raises questions that should concern all Ontarians."
Click here to read the entire article.
The new Portlands Energy Centre, above, is smaller than the gas-fired plant proposed for Oakville but is much further away from residential land.
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CHCH News on the Power Plant
Below is a video of an interview with Premier McGuinty on CHCH television about the Oakville power plant.
The highlights are as follows:
Premier: "We have decided, working with our power partners, that we need to put new generation in that particular community, we've gone with the gas fired plant ... it's the latest technology ... and you know, I think the people of Oakville are entitled to continue to express their concerns. "
Reporter: "So it's going to happen no matter what?"
Premier: "Well, you know, we just believe that after all the work that we have done that this is the best thing that we can do."
Please view the video and draw your own conclusions. In my opinion, the Premier's statements appear to show a total disregard for the process his government follows for making investment decisions of this magnitude and impact.
• The environmental review currently underway has not been finalized. While we strongly believe that a company who has been awarded a $1.2 billion contract should not be conducting their own self assessment, the process needs to be completed and the MOE needs to review the output and make their decisions.
• In 2009, the Premier announced a one person Air Quality Task Force to address "how to improve local air quality in the Clarkson-Oakville Airshed...”. The final report is to be completed by the end of June 2010.
• The Town of Oakville currently has a bylaw that bans the construction or expansion of power plants with a capacity greater than 10-megawatts pending the completion of a detailed study outlining where such power plants can best be accommodated. This work has not been completed.
• The Oakville Fire department works with related emergency service agencies to make sure there are immediate and prepared responses for situations that constitute danger of major proportion. The Oakville Fire Chief is waiting for more information from TransCanada. This work has not been completed.