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Or that the falls will be 'a trickle', as if this will be good hydro dam management and produce power!
We visit Bala businesses as much as possible. We choose to eat here in town, shop when we can, but those visiting the falls, bringing picnic lunches, are not necessarily shopping here or giving any stores their business. The project is set to begin after Cranfest, when many stores are closed if not full-time, then weekdays.
Most of the local politicians have been publicly silent on this issue. It is only recently:
And amongst my friends, many are silent, too, fearing the wrath of the strident, vocal opponents.
Yet, Ontarians elected a premier whose platform included Green Energy. It is up to all of us to do our part, however small. A Green Energy Act for Ontario: Executive Summary (PDF)
There have been a few developments in the project over the last couple months, that I would like to update you on, namely the following:
1. The Ministry of Environment officially started its review of Swift River Energy Limited’s Environmental Screening Report in late July. SREL are anxiously awaiting its comments and decision.
3. The Township of Muskoka Lakes presented its comments on SREL’s responses to its elevation request. We were pleased that the vast majority of the concerns were considered to be sufficiently addressed. The remaining handful of issues will be discussed fully in a written response by SREL and Hatch Energy’s Professional Engineers and Scientists by the end of this week. SREL, in the meantime, will be addressing some of the more troubling comments made by Township staff and Council at the regularly scheduled Council meeting on Tuesday August 24th. It is hoped that all misinterpretations and remaining concerns can be cleared up during that meeting and the upcoming response report.
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Meanwhile, throughout the province there has been increased interest and media cover with respect to the provincial electricity grid and the impacts of the Green Energy Act that was passed last year. I have provided the following links of various Toronto Star articles for your information if you are interested. In addition, John Spears, wrote 3 great articles on the Ontario electricity sector or August 7th/10:
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Swift River Energy Limited (SREL)
Karen McGhee, P.Eng.
Bala Project Manager