Sunday, April 21, 2024

Reader Questions Opposition to Pumped Storage Proposal

Dear Editor,

There are many questions that need to be answered with the Pumped Storage proposal, but it seems that too many people don’t want to know the truth. If they got away from propaganda and seriously thought about it, they would save themselves a lot of worry.

For instance, it defies logic that DND would allow civilians to work in the impact zone, which is on the other side of the hill anyway. The huge number of trees being cut down is mitigated by the fact that the pond is on the soccer pitch and helicopter pad, not in the forest. The Bighead River causes more disturbance to the soil than the controlled outflow of the project. All of the building going on around town causes dust and noise all the time, so what is the difference?

With a company wanting to build an apartment right where the river jams every spring, and a previous plan to let the harbour silt in, I never heard a word from Save Georgian Bay.

I got frustrated and wrote to Ludington myself, which anyone can do. The reply from the mayor and supervisor was enlightening.

Is there serious noise? — No, in fact we have had new executive houses built since it went in.

Are there financial benefits? – Yes. Continuing employment and initial construction with good pay.

Does it destroy fishing? — No. Fishermen say that seasonal fishing is good near the outlet, and regular fishing has no problems.

Could there be a breach in the dykes? — Not unless there is a terrorist episode.

Is there any reason to avoid such a project? — Not from my point of view. It has had a positive impact on the community.

Are the taxes worth the problems? We get approximately 70% of our tax base from it.

Is the light pollution too high? Not in my opinion.

The council has the original letters if anyone wants to see them. We have the right to question the project. What we don’t have is the right to promote false information as fact.

Roberta Docherty, Meaford

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