According to the Star today (Friday the 16th of September) residents gathered near the proposed site. They gathered in protest.
I am very familiar with this area. We hike in this neighbourhood frequently. I have photographs of deer less than a hundred metres from the proposed site. There are two creeks, one large, one minor, that meet nearby. The area is near a green space that is shown as “park” on Toronto and Mississauga maps. The main creek is Etobicoke creek, which is the boundary of Toronto in this area. (Farther north the boundary was drawn in arbitrary straight lines.)
There are very few (one house) residents nearby. I will bet that most of the protesters do not know how to find the one obscure road that leads into the proposed power plant property. (We walk in, a couple of kilometres, to get there.)
So, today’s dumb question is twofold: Who are these residents, and Where did they gather. I’ve been fairly close to the construction site from various directions, and I can tell you there are no sidewalks and nowhere to sit down. It’s a blank field on high ground above the creeks.
The real question is, do we need an additional power plant. One was planned for Oakville, and stopped at least in part by hiring a professional project-stopper from the US. This new plant is smaller. How come a smaller plant is enough, or did the forecast for demand drop?
I have seen no credible statements on why we need the extra power. I am not saying we don’t; I’d just like to see the basis for building a plant anywhere.
Given the assumption that we need a plant, I don’t see the issue with this one provided they do not damage the creek system. We might make them build taller stacks to assuage concerns: nearby (half a mile) buildings have been permitted to be taller than they were when the plant was first conceived.
I do note that an unusual amount of construction is going on in this creek area, and some odd things have been done there. At one point a large self-powered pump was draining the smaller creek via a pipe to where it meets the larger one. This pump was about half the size of a boxcar, maybe a bit larger; I have photographs of it and of its pumping volume. For some reason they wanted a stretch of the lesser creek to be almost empty.
Farther north, along the west bank of Etobicoke creek, there are suddenly little posts sticking up out of the ground. I suspect these were put in a year or three ago (memory unclear) and they seem to be natural gas line monitoring points. So the plan to put the plant in has been underway for awhile.
In addition, the entry to that side (West) of Etobicoke creek from Dundas, a dog leash-free area, has been unavailable for awhile and something large is going in there. Much farther north there once was dualling of a buried sewer (12′ diameter, I think) to support something far away, perhaps Brampton. So I am not sure if that is what’s going on up by Dundas, or if it has to do with the power plant. Nobody tells us anything.
- do we need a power plant?
- is this one OK if the stacks are made higher?
- will the creeks be protected? does an environmental assessment mean they must be?
- where do the protesters come from?
- What do they want? Is this just NIMBY?
- Who (remember Lenin’s Law) benefits from this protest?