Key Issues

Proposed Pump Storage Project

TC Energy is proposing to develop an energy storage facility that would provide 1,000 megawatts of flexible, clean energy to Ontario’s electricity system using a process known as pumped storage.

Save Georgian Bay

Save Georgian Bay, a Meaford-based citizen’s group with supporters across the region, opposes TC Energy’s proposed pumped storage project co-located at the existing 4th Canadian Division Training Centre on Department of National Defence (DND) lands in Meaford (on the Niagara Escarpment and in Georgian Bay).

Environmental Impact

The Save Georgian Bay Association issued a Strategic Environmental Assessment report that challenges the claim of TC Energy that this project is “One of Canada’s largest climate change initiatives.” As claimed, the proposed project will not reduce carbon levels in the earth’s atmosphere. In fact, it will likely increase carbon levels, as discussed in Section 8.0. Our research concludes a net increase in carbon emissions when all factors are considered. Furthermore, others have proposed viable alternatives that achieve the purpose of off-peak energy utilization while reducing carbon emissions and not harming the environment or posing a risk to human life. 

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SGB’s Message The jobs that TC Energy will create are temporary in nature, not adding long term value to the
Our Point of View
SGB’sMessage TC Energy’s proposed pumped storage project is not an environmentally responsible solution for Ontario. TCE’s Message The project’s zero
The 375 acre reservoir will be located above a residential neighbourhood. Even the smallest risk of a reservoir breach is
SGB’s Message Increasing power demand, a desire to phase out natural gas-fired generation, and an expected decommissioning of nuclear plants
SGB’s Message The project will pose a significant burden on Ontario ratepayers who will fund  the project through taxes and

8 comments on “Community Impact

  1. It’s getting to the point where all that is good is being ruined so the human greed can continue to profit. Hasn’t anybody noticed that enough is enough? That nature isn’t going to stand for it anymore? But the human race will suck up everything, the greedy will get their perceived rightful portion without giving a rat’s ass about their children’s future let alone all the other precious creature who inhabit this planet.

    1. Hi Laine,
      Thanks for your comments on the Save Georgian Bay Blog. I understand your frustration, and the best way to release it is to engage with the people that sympathize with your point of view. We are in a democracy, and your voice counts. So, participate and kill two birds with one stone.

    1. Hi Lawson,
      Thanks for your comments on the Save Georgian Bay Blog. Canada has a small population, but it’s the 2nd largest country in the world geographically. Within its borders, you are probably correct, but the wind and water currents don’t respect borders and pollution drifts into Canada from our neighbours. In a world where the population grows exponentially, we must manage our resources better.

    1. Hi Lawson,
      If you are referring to TC Energy distributing artistic presentations of their project to convince citizens of Meaford with beautiful but unrealistic designs, then I agree. We have made numerous requests for more technical data, such as how much cement they will need for the project, without success. TC Energy is censoring access to vital data for air and water quality along with many other environmental issues tabled by independent engineers for impact assessment during and post-construction.

  2. There’s–
    No Workers,
    No accommodations
    No local suppliers big enough to handle anything
    Perhaps not sewage and water capacity–I know of 4-5 Serviced sites being sat on in town
    No amenities,- pools- workout facilities- restaurants– what are 1000 single guys going to do after work???
    No grocery store capacity
    No heavy equipment around– a friend who owns a construction company in Thunder Bay can’t find enough
    Only one access road to the base
    NO !!PUBLIC!!! SUPPORT FROM—ANYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Brent, I agree with you. Isn’t it ironic? The people supporting the TC Energy project are doing it for economic benefits from the workers, but there is no economic benefit if the services and amenities are unavailable.
      So, the reality is that all these workers will go to where the services and amenities exist. Perhaps, Owen Sound or Collingwood etc.

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