A Submission to the Royal Commission on Electric Power Planning
Moore, Lloyd H.Publisher: The Concerned Farmers of the United Townships - Turnberry, Howick, Wallace,, Listowel, Canada
Year Published: 1979
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX961
In March 1979 a submission from Ontario was made to the Royal Commission on Electric Power Planning by the Concerned Farmers of the United Townships (Turnberry, Howick, Wallace, Maryborough, Peel, Woolwich and Pilkington).
Abstract: In March 1979 a submission from Ontario was made to the Royal Commission on Electric Power Planning by the Concerned Farmers of the United Townships (Turnberry, Howick, Wallace, Maryborough, Peel, Woolwich and Pilkington). The purpose of this submission was to outline the farmers' concerns regarding the use of prime farm land by Ontario Hydro. The report contends that Ontario Hydro is not paying close enough attention to the destruction it will cause to these farm lands if the proposed construction of more hydro generating plants is carried out. The Concerned Farmers claim that their present hydro situation is adequate and that projected usage of electrical power by Ontario Hydro is unrealistic in that the needs of the region concerned are already met. Ontario Hydro plans to construct a gigantic 500 KW transmission grid which will connect to many enlarged and new facilities throughout Ontario. This grid system would enable Ontario Hydro to supply new cities the size of Toronto in almost any location in Southwestern Ontario. Although Ontario Hydro denies it, the Concerned Farmers contend that it is their intention to sell large amounts of our natural resources in the form of hydro to the United States.
There have been many difficulties with regard to having fair representation from the Concerned Farmers group at the Ontario Hydro planning hearings. Specific rules laid out by Ontario Hydro under which these hearings are conducted make the situation even more frustrating for the Concerned Farmers. The group is pressing for further help with their dilemma from the Ministry of Energy.