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Oakville power plant a no-go


Computer projection of proposed power plant in Oakville, ON
Computer projection of proposed power plant in Oakville, ON

Rayna Taylor, staff writer

October 7, 2010 — After a two year battle with the Ontario government, residents of a Toronto suburb came out on top today. A proposed power plant will no longer be built in Oakville.

Oakville, ON residents march in protest of proposed power plant
Oakville, ON residents march in protest of proposed power plant

Residents of Oakville, Ontario are breathing a sigh of relief today. For two years now, they have been fighting a proposal by the Ontario government to build a natural gas plant in their community.

Today, the province announced that it was abandoning the project. It says that local electricity demands can be met by green energy, conservation efforts and a new transmission solution.

Oakville Liberal Kevin Flynn even battled his own government's plan for the gas plant, which the province had said for four years was necessary to meet electricity demand.

However, Energy Minister Brad Duguid said today that the government has had a change of heart.

Sign in the streets of Oakville, ON
Sign in the streets of Oakville, ON

Duguid said there were higher demand projections for electricity in the area when the plant was first proposed. Officials have since determined they no longer need the power it would have generated.

The conflict first began when the people who lived close to the proposed site were concerned over the potential health and environmental impacts of the power plant.

The Weather Network's Kelly Noseworthy followed the plans for the power plant, as they unfolded earlier this year. Click on the related links at the top of the page to watch her five part investigative series.

With files from the Canadian Press

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