Here’s a prime example of “every thing that’s wrong in rural Ontario” with the “Green Energy Experiment” this is bordering on the insane!
The little town of Marmora is being used as an experiment in “energy storage” which is what is sadly lacking with the Industrial Wind Turbine and Solar Farm development in Ontario. No storage, no long term supply. When the wind quits blowing and the sun stops shining, generation ceases!
Some “bright” pin head along the way suggested that if a huge column of water could be created and stored and then used as a generator to drive generators after the wind turbines and solar facilities stop generating then a continual supply of electricity could result!
It’s called a DAM stupid. Ontario has literally hundreds of these in it’s natural settings and uses many for what used to be affordable electrical supply. Ever heard of Niagara Falls????
In this sad case in Marmora, Northland Power has come up with a brilliant plan to build a dam above a community, which could flood the hell out the inhabitants homes endangering lives and properties. for just such a useless purpose. Have you seen the OPP commercial warning people about flooding under Hydro Dams?
One would think that when a Municipal Council is approached by such a whacky idea they would ask their bosses, the citizens of the community what they would want, wouldn’t you?
Not here. After all the lowly citizens or what Marmora now calls themselves “Un-Citizens” have no say, no input and literally no way out of what their “elected representatives” have in store for THEM!
This is not an unfamiliar attitude by Councils across Rural Ontario as McGuinty marches ever onward with his massive destruction of Rural Ontario as a “place to live and a place to grow” which should now have the catchy tag……….a “place to cry as it’s a place to die!”
Here’s Marmora’s story:
Since June 2011, We the Un-Citizens of Marmora and Lake (aka Local Pariahs), have attempted to publicly expose our ignored opposition to Northland Power’s proposed building plan for their “pumped storage” project’s massive water-storage Upper Reservoir (aka UR)… a man-made lake-in-the-sky of “waste rock pile” construction, above village homes.
SEE for yourself – how the power of propaganda preying on mass gullibility, publicly misleading information/ labelling and deliberate obscurement of local dissent have ensured Northland Power’s project proposal became and remains a potential catastrophic, man-made flooding threat to scores of local lives and properties.
You’ll need to study and keep the municipality’s project promotional webpage handy for reference.
- See any letters from local residents posing objections or opposition?
Please pay particular attention to photos and artists’ concepts of Northland’s proposed project’s Upper Reservoir in their presentations & videos, as linked from the municipal project promo webpage!
- See any houses or a local nursing home?
As you’re pondering why this project’s promotion by the Municipality and Northland Power does not indicate any presence of local opposition or houses in our Village of Marmora, I hope my photos will help you understand that local frustrations intensify as fears remain unresolved, in lockstep with local concerns for life and property being rendered publicy invisible.
See me waving to you from my front window, just beyond the southern (right) edge of that yellow ellipse?
There are 3 urban streets between the Crowe River and this project’s planned “waste rock pile” Upper Reservoir !
I snapped these 6 photos (including our local nursing home) on Sat. February 4th 2012, to prove it!
LEARN for yourself – the intriguing similarities of the details for Northland’s proposed pumped storage project you studied from the municipal project promo page – and those for the Taum Sauk pumped storage plant and its “upper reservoir” as it was originally built in the 1960’s, including the details and photos of the catastrophic, December 2005 breach of Taum Sauk’s original Upper Reservoir, from my Links page.
Would you be surprised that the USA’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Independent Panel Of Consultants (IPOC) report’s section 3.2 noted that “Taum Sauk was the last newly constructed dumped rockfill CFRD in the USA”? (See pdf pg 2 – HERE )
Would YOU want to live adjacent to the base of Northland’s proposed (and apparent copycat version of Taum Sauk’s original) Upper Reservoir? Neither would WE!
Compare MY aerial “concept” photos of the proposed Upper Reservoir to Northland Power’s “artist’s concept” within their project presentations on the municipal promo page:
|NOW you can at least see a few of our homes in the Village of Marmora, between the Crowe River and the proposed “waste rock pile” upper reservoir that Northland Power’s images conveniently cropped out 🙂|
Those fighting Typical Northland Nonsense and community-destroying “effects” here can empathize with our counterparts elsewhere (who are actually battling Northland Power renewable energy projects):
Great knowing you, Ray! Aren’t new communities Northland Power brings together wonderful?!
From YourOttawaRegion.com’s article by Rosanne Lake – Nov 03, 2011 – Residents voice concerns at Tay Valley solar farm meeting:
Tay Valley councillor Brian Campbell said that the township passed a unanimous motion two weeks ago not supporting this project.
Not all councils sell their citizens out in Northland Power’s interest, like ours did!
My deepest gratitude to:
- An experienced mainstream media journalist who privately advised me, on my birthday: “…you need to continue the campaign to at least be heard. That attached document containing nothing but praise is simply absurd. Real questions deserve real answers.”
- The many knowledgeable and committed Ontario provincial employees in every single energy-related office I talked to (ok, “unloaded” on) at length last summer.
- Independent Energy and Environmental Advisor, Mr. Tom Adams, for not only being the first “outsider” to publicly post your own notice about our unique plight among the plethora of energy project battles competing for attention these days, but also allowing those living here to publicly air their concerns interactively, detailed in their own manner and beyond control of the Wardens of our local Prison for Municipally-Denied Opposition.
- First Nations’ researchers far and wide, whose stellar expertise and level of commitment is nothing short of mind-numbing to a bumbling novice like me.
- Mr. Jim McIntosh, who blogs on the website of the Libertarian Party of Ontario.
Each of you has been a sanity-saving gift and inspiration. Know that you will remain fondly remembered!
Additional reference materials may be made directly available at my discretion, upon request.