Locals Talk Energy

CD98: Adam Liefl - Nov 21, 2008

Residents of Haldimand and Norfolk are beginning to learn their options when it comes to energy. Last night's energy symposium in Jarvis covered all forms of energy, especially coal and nuclear. MPP Toby Barrett tells CD 98.9 he'll work to provide information, any direction he takes on the issue will be triggered by his constituents . He added that he would be happy to hold another energy symposium next year, and in the meantime, encourages locals to kick around ideas and provide feedback towards the issue of nuclear power. Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of Bruce Power James Scongack believes many at the event showed positive interest in the project and are simply asking locals to have an open mind at this early stage.

Of course not everyone has been warm to the idea of nuclear in Nanticoke now 3 weeks after Bruce's announcement. Some in attendance last night expressed a concern for the effect of the nuclear plant Bruce Power could have on Lake Erie. Scongack says anything that could impact the environment is being looked at and residents shouldn't be concerned with contamination. He says unlike in the case of the coal plant where the lake is used in the condensation process, this type of interaction will not exist with the nuclear plant. Thousands of gallons of water will be taken from the lake a minute, which a Canadian Nuclear Workers Association spokesperson says will be treated and put back into the lake.

As for the petitions circulating around Haldimand and Norfolk opposing the project, Bruce says they're not overly surprised. Scongack says there will always be people who are opposed to projects and developments, but thinks its a little premature. He says there is already a lot of misinformation being thrown around, but all they're asking at this point is that people keep and open mind and engage in the environmental assessment with them to get the facts. Bruce is confident that as the EA progresses that a lot of issues will be addressed.

While in the area yesterday, Bruce Power donated $15,000 toward the new Port Dover Medical Centre.

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