$3 billion hydro-electric project proposed for Meaford's training centre

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Meaford councillors want residents to know if they have issues with a proposed hydro-electric project at the military training centre, they need to talk to the federal government -not their local council.  

The Defence Department has started notifying and consulting local residents and Indigenous groups who may be impacted by the project.  

A one-year permit has already been granted to a company called TC Energy to start feasability studies.  

If approved, the plan would be to pump water from Georgian Bay overnight when power is cheaper, into a storage reservoir at the top of the escarpment on land owned by the training centre. 

Then during the day - peak usage hours - the reservoire would be emptied back into the bay driving hydraulic turbines to generate electricity.  

Its a $3 BILLION dollar project.  

Meaford council says at this point it has nothing to do with the municipality.  

Public input is being gathered until the end of March 2020.

Anyone wishing to make comments can do so by emailing Holly King, Directorate Real Property Services, DND, at ThirdPartyAccess@forces.gc.ca

More information can be found by visiting www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/campaigns/consultations-4th-division-hydroelectric-pumped-storage-meaford.html

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