The proposed project would make all this too dangerous to continue …

Apr 122015

What you can do:

  1. Send an e-mail to the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment at and let him know that:
    • Swift River Energy Limited’s current plan for their proposed hydro-electric generating station at the Bala falls does not conform to the environmental approval they received.
    • You are therefore making a Part II Order request, as the proponent does not have approval; to triple the area of the aquatic habitat destroyed during construction, to build a gravel road across the base of the Bala north falls, to increase the footprint of their proposed building by 48%, to block all the flow down the Bala north falls in contravention of the Muskoka River Water Management Plan, to excavate the proposed site before doing the re-testing required by their 2013 Environmental Site Assessment which found groundwater Zinc levels above the Ministry of the Environment’s guidelines, to start in-water construction before July 15, or to install a silt curtain infringing on the Type 1 Walleye habitat at the base of the Bala north falls.
  2. Send an e-mail to The Honourable Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources at and ask that he either:
    • Require the proponent for the proposed hydro-electric generating station to honour the commitments they made in their proposal, such as; the roof of their building being below the level of Muskoka Road 169 (the proponent repeated this commitment in their 2012 Addendum), that their building would have a rooftop viewing platform – without cutting down over 100 trees on the Township’s heritage-designated Portage Landing, that the development would:“enhance the natural landscape” rather than filling the entire Crown land site with concrete, and that the proposed project would: “not generally diminish the public’s enjoyment of the area for swimming, boating …” rather than making it far too dangerous for both. OR
    • Cancel the proposed project, with the proponent making no claims for their costs as the MNR’s 2005 Request for Proposals specified if the “proponent made a misrepresentation or provided any inaccurate, misleading or incomplete information in its proposal or during contract negotiations” – as we are just now learning indeed they have.
  3. Send an e-mail to The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario at and ask that either:
    • The Ministry of Natural Resources require the proponent for the proposed hydro-electric generating station at the Bala falls to honour their proposal commitments and the Ministry of the Environment to require an individual environmental assessment be provided for their current plans to ensure that the environmentally-significant changes they have made are assessed. OR
    • The MNR cancel this project, knowing that the proponent cannot claim for any  costs as it was the proponent’s decision to both renege on their proposal commitments and to change their construction plans from what they submitted for environmental approval.
  4. Your letters can be as brief as you’d like (as we have already sent the detail in our letters here), but send something – you can send to all three by clicking here.
  5. For all letters, include your name and mailing address, and ask for a reply.

  3 Responses to “You can help expose what the proponent is trying to do

  1. Please stop Swift River from changing our beloved falls in Bala

  2. Dear environmentally conscious politicians,

    Re: Hydro Electric Generating Station ………… The Muskokas and surrounding areas are one of the few nature gems we need to preserve the way they are
    Please, look at how the proposal has changed since its inception. The company is playing political games and it seems that there is a misrepresentation and /or incomplete information in their contract negotiations that would have devastating results if approved by Government and implemented as is. Aquatic habitat would be destroyed, forests diminished and the beautiful landscape and indigenous trails changed for ever. The current plans should not be permitted to go ahead unless the environmentally significant changes proposed have been assessed and approved by you and your conscious. Thank you for listening

  3. Please do everything you can to HALT the project by Swift River to build a hydro plant at the Bala Falls. This project does NOT comply with the original plans and will destroy the quality of life of this entire village, the businesses in the area, and the enjoyment by thousands of Ontarians in this unique and beautiful destination. The historic portage will be destroyed, breaking a long tradition of use by adventurers and the native people of Ontario.

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