Laurissa Anyas-Weiss, content producer
November 5, 2009 — The Ontario Power Authority, the province's power planning agency, has decided to build a 900-megawatt natural gas generating station in southeast Oakville.
Local residents have been fighting this decision and, Wednesday, took their protest to the streets.
The province claims that the Oakville power plant is necessary to meet the growing energy needs of the GTA, and to replace the electricity provided by the coal-fired Lakeview generating station which closed in 2005. Slated to begin generating power in 2013, the natural gas powered plant would be the largest facility of its kind in Canada.
Local residents and the City of Oakville have been fighting the plan since its inception last year. With over 11,000 homes and 10 schools in a three mile radius around the proposed site, residents have serious safety and air quality concerns.
On Wednesday, residents took to the streets of Oakville to protest what they see as a rushed decision made without transparency. Residents say this is not a case of NIMBY (not in my backyard) but a lack of democratic process where the City and residents have been excluded from the decision-making process. A decision that will impact them for years to come.