"Save Georgian Bay" looking for more support

cjos reservoir

The clock is ticking for a group trying to stop a pump storage plant being proposed for the Military Training Centre in Meaford.  

Save Georgian Bay has several petitions on the go as they voice their concerns over the $3 billion, multi-year construction project that would see water pumped to and from the bay in order to generate electricity.

Tom Buck is one of the founders of the group and tells Dock News they have a wide range of concerns.  

"Number one is the implications for the environment - drawing water out of pristine Georgian Bay then putting it back into the bay.  We're worried about the impact on fish, the impact on quality of water and the implications of the construction project itself".  

The group says several years of construction will certainly bring jobs to the area but very few once the plant is operational.   

They're also worried about the increased noise and truck traffic until the pump station would be complete - projected to be 2027. 

"They're going to be putting a dam over the heads of almost a thousand people - families that live down below along the shoreline and behind the shoreline leading up to where this reservoir will be." 

Buck says they also have worried about the high tension lines and where they're going to run through the region. 

TC Energy announced the proposal last year for the hydro-electric pumped storage plant that would pump water from the bay during the night when demand for electricity is low and the cost cheap.

It would then be held in a reservoir 150 metres above the shore. 

During the day, when demand is higher, the water would fall back down into the bay generating power which will then be sold back to the grid. 

The Department of National Defence is closing their comment period July 31st.  

That's when Save Georgian Bay hopes to have 5,000 signatures on one of their petitions they plan to present at the gates of the Training Centre during a rally. 

Buck says they've already got 40,000 signatures on one of their petitions - a number some Meaford councillors are disputing. 

He says even if only a quarter of those signatures are valid that's still 10,000 people who object. 

The reservoir is large, covering almost 400 acres,  20 metres deep holding 20 million cubic metres of water.  

It would also be about 150 metres above the shoreline. 

One of the group's other petitions can be found here

More information can be found at the group's Facebook site.    

 

 

 

 

Change.org petition - Save Georgian Bay - close to 40 thousand on that one 


to "Facebook 'Save Georgian Bay" We are looking for 5000 names by July 31.

They have a number of petitions on the go... 

Rally on July 31st handing off one of the petitions at th egates of the tank range 

another August 1st - 

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Range of concerns about this project 

impolication for the environment - drawing water out of pristine gb then putting it back in gb 
the impact on fish, impact on quality of water, people along the bay that use it for drinking water 

construction impact - several years of consturction that will bring jobs..but very few once plant is operational - more of a disruption than organic growth that couled be  happening in the region 

They're going to be putting a dam over the heads of al,most a thousand people - families that live down below along the shoreline and behind the shoreline leaidng up to where this reservoir will be 

concerns about high tension lines and where they're going to run through the reigon 

impacts on species and the disruption it will have on DND 

comment period closing July 31st  -  thirdpartyaccess@forces.gc.ca 

They're looking for 5 thousand names by then on their petition 

Change.org petition - Save Georgian Bay - close to 40 thousand on that one 


to "Facebook 'Save Georgian Bay" We are looking for 5000 names by July 31.

They have a number of petitions on the go... 

Rally on July 31st handing off one of the petitions at th egates of the tank range 

another August 1st - 


 

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