Save The Bala Falls has issued a call to action for people to appear at Bala Falls this Friday to show opposition to the proposed hydro electric plant.
You can read the full release below – The location has already been the site of small, peaceful protests each day this week.
The District Municipality of Muskoka has issued a press release and has stated that on August 21, 2017 the District provided the licenses and permits the proponent needs to make a driveway entrance into the Township’s Portage Landing area west of Muskoka Road 169.
We understand the MNRF has provided the permits the proponent needs to begin some in-water work, such as installing their proposed upstream cofferdam. This is unfortunate as:
- The proponent still has not shown how, or if, they could safely operate their proposed generating station. We feel it is absolutely unacceptable that the public has no information on the proponent’s safety plan.
- The proponent has not shown they could remove their upstream cofferdam as required to avoid flooding Lake Muskoka, without breaking important environmental commitments they have made to the MOECC.
- The MNRF refuses to meet with us to discuss these concerns.
We continue to work to get more information on the MOECC’s public safety and environmental assessment obligations.