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TC Energy Hosting Open House on Proposed Pumped Storage Facility on Wednesday

Owen Sound | by Cody Misner  

According to emails between Bayshore Broadcasting and TC Energy representatives, this will be the first meeting of three.

After months of backlash from the community, TC Energy will be in Meaford looking to consult with the community regarding a proposed pumped storage facility.

On Wednesday, December 11th from 5:30 pm until 9 pm TC Energy will be at the Meaford Community Centre conducting an open house.

According to emails between Bayshore Broadcasting and TC Energy representatives, this will be the first meeting of three that have been announced.

The other two meetings are confirmed for January 16th and 23rd.

Members of the Save Georgian Bay group have also said they will be in attendance.

In October Save Georgian Bay hosted a public consultation of their own regarding concerns with the proposed project, TC Energy says that they were turned away from attending this event.

TC Energy has received criticism in recent months about the lack of public consultations in the early phases of the project.

It was revealed at a Meaford council meeting in November that TC Energy policy dictates that no public consultations can happen during an election period.

During that same meeting, Meaford council was critical around the lack of communication with the municipality on the proposed facility.

Pumped storage moves water from a low lying reservoir when power is low in demand, usually at night.
When electricity is high in demand operators release the water back into the reservoir through turbines that create power.

Save Georgian Bay has voiced concerns around the environmental impact brought with these types of facilities.

The facility would be built on Department of National Defence lands at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre, an area the municipality has little control over.

Currently, the deal for land use is between DND and TC Energy.

TC Energy has said in an email to Bayshore Broadcasting that the previously stated March 31st consultation deadline is strictly for consultations with DND and that if the project continues that public talks will be an ongoing part of the process.


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