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e-2670 (Environment)

Initiated by JIMMY BRUNOW from Meaford, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment are crown jewels - UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves;
  • These pristine environments, home to species at risk, are potentially threatened by a proposed $3.3 billion pumped storage plant to be built on Department of National Defense land that will use Georgian Bay as a reservoir;
  • TC Energy claims that this will be one of Canada's largest climate change initiatives, reducing CO2 emissions by 465,000 tonnes;
  • The plant will use significantly more electricity than it produces, clean electricity that may be diverted from U.S. States that rely on coal and gas generation;
  • The Fisheries Act states: Thou shall not cause death to fish or destroy fish habitat;
  • It is well documented that a pumped storage plant on Lake Michigan has killed millions of fish;
  • Disturbance of the clay bottom will discolour the crystal clear waters of the Bay and affect the drinking water and economy of the Municipality of Meaford;
  • Better renewable energy technologies exist that cost much less and have real carbon emission benefits, without the need for new transmission corridors and without destroying fish, fish habitat and habitat for species at risk;
  • These include closed loop pumped storage, smart energy controllers, compressed air storage and small modular nuclear reactors that cannot melt down, cannot be used to make weapons and produce minimal waste; and
  • The project is opposed by the Georgian Bay Association, the Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation and a large number of community members.
We, the undersigned, concerned citizens, call upon the House of Commons to deny approval of this harmful project.
Open for signature
June 15, 2020, at 2:56 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 15, 2020, at 2:56 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Alex Ruff
Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound
Conservative Caucus
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