Oakville power plant delay opens door to Nanticoke?

For Immediate Release:
October 8, 2010

Simcoe – Will shelving plans to build a gas-fired power plant in Oakville open the door for Nanticoke?
That is the question posed by area MPP Toby Barrett who stated. “With the transmission lines already in place and local high-skilled electricity workers facing government imposed job cuts by 2015, the choice for government should be considered.”

Barrett and MPP Ted Chudleigh have spoken with many from the Halton and Nanticoke areas as part of an effort to convince government to maintain energy production at Nanticoke.

“Minister, this proposal is a rare win-win situation. Oakville doesn’t want the proposed plant which you propose to put in an overtaxed air-shed close to homes, schools and day care centres,” Chudleigh reported to the Legislature in June. “Haldimand and Norfolk want the power plant and have the long-term experience and infrastructure to provide Ontario with reliable energy supply. You have this proposal, when can the mayors of Haldimand and Oakville expect a response?

Barrett expressed further concern that the latest about face could put taxpayers on the hook for up to $1 billion if TransCanada, the private company under contract to build the plant, decides to sue the province.

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For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at
(519) 428-0446 or (905)-765-8413, 1-800-903-8629