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e-2575 (Environment)

Initiated by Shari Richardson from Meaford, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • A proposed $3.3 billion hydroelectric pumped-storage plant by Trans Canada Energy in Meaford, Ontario, on Department of National Defence government land, if allowed to proceed, will change the lives of Georgian Bay residents and visitors, disrupting the natural beauty of the Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment for decades or more, interrupting the natural movement of sediment along the shoreline, clouding our beautifully clear waters, and smothering fish spawning and rearing habitats with massive stone breakwaters and concrete structures;
  • The electricity supplied to and from the plant will potentially require new high-voltage transmission lines running through the beautiful residential properties and farmlands of many townships. This extends the area impacted by the proposed plant far beyond the shoreline of Georgian Bay; and
  • The pipeline that conveys water to and from the man-made reservoir will potentially extend approximately 1.7 kilometres inland, cutting a corridor up the Niagara Escarpment—one of the world’s natural wonders that it has been recognized as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
We, the undersigned, concerned taxpayers, call upon the House of Commons to stop TC Energy from building on Department of National Defence land which was land expropriated for military use; investigate new technologies that are compatible with the environment and can be built at smaller scales and located closer to the distribution grid, as with small nuclear reactors; and protect taxpayers and Georgian Bay from this project.
Open for signature
May 7, 2020, at 3:24 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 6, 2020, at 3:24 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Alex Ruff (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound)
June 17, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00285)
Photo - Alex Ruff
Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound
Conservative Caucus
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