Sunday, 7 August 2016

Bala Falls Hydro Project update #31

Bala Falls has made the news far and wide. A 'moral injustice', indeed. It will take time, but rich cottagers will get it when they cannot run their pumps, air conditioners, hot tubs, in their cottage-mansions in Muskoka. When they ignore a burn ban, and crews can't get enough water to their burning buildings. When Climate Change means that multi-million dollar 'cottages' are destroyed.
Multi-million dollar 'properties' in cottage country

What do you think?
Boathouse or Aerodrome?

Bala Falls hydroelectric (Ontario): Swift River Energy Ltd. has been working for more than six years on a plan to build a 4.5-megawatt run-of-the-river waterpower facility in the existing dam on the north Bala Falls in the Muskoka district. The project was first approved in principle in 2008. Hydro power previously was generated at the site until 1978. Local opposition has been fierce and has spread through the district’s wealthy cottage community. An editorial in the Huffington Post by a Toronto filmmaker that denounces the project as a “moral injustice” has been shared on Facebook some 3,400 times.


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Hydro is fabulous. Let them be faced with fracking as the alternative. tsk... YAM xx

Powell River Books said...

We have several successful run-of-river projects nearby. This particular section of river isn't as remote and is in an area used by more than just rock climbers. In the summer many families go to the river to enjoy its cool refreshing water and to float in tubes down to Goat Lake. With so many other rivers to choose from there shouldn't be a problem not building on the Eldred. - Margy

William Kendall said...

It sounds like quite a headache.