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

Nov 172017

Our previous article described that the proponent must treat and test the water pumped from their proposed construction before it can be discharged to the Moon River.

The major problem and unacceptable situation is that the proponent’s water treatment system is gushing untreated water all over the Precambrian Shield parking lot. Julie Cousineau’s photograph below, taken on Friday November 17, 2017, shows the untreated water has been pouring for so long that it has formed icicles.

Or you can watch videos of this water:

  1. November 13, 2017: The storage container overflows here.
  2. November 16, 2017: The lamella tanks overflow here.
  3. November 17, 2017: The lamella tanks overflow here.
  4. November 17, 2017: Same day as above, but the icicles show that the overflow has been continuing for some time.
  5. November 17, 2017: Same day as above, but another view.

This dumping of untreated water into the Precambrian Shield parking lot (and from there, it runs into the Moon River) is an unauthorized spill according to the Environmental  Protection Act, and has been reported to the MOECC’s Spills Action Centre, which results in the MOECC’s Barrie District Office investigating. This has also been reported to CTV Barrie, and the Township of Muskoka Lakes fire department. So far, there has been too little response to this unauthorized spill.

Even though the proponent has known about this spill of untreated water in contravention of their ECA since November 13, 2017, as of at least November 17, 2017 they had still not reported this to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, which is also in contravention of their ECA.

The likely cause is that ground water is leaking into the proponent’s cofferdammed area faster than can be treated by these tanks, so the tanks are overflowing (similar to pouring water too quickly into a coffee filter). The proponent must therefore slow down or stop their pumping, even this affects their planned work. It is unacceptable to simply allow this untreated water to pour into the Precambrian Shield parking lot.

This demonstrates the proponent’s complete lack of respect for other’s property rights, and for their environmental commitments and obligations. It also shows the proponent’s continued lack of communication with the public.

  2 Responses to “Proponent dumping untreated water into the Precambrian Shield parking lot and Moon River”

  1. How do they manage to bypass the rules? Who are they paying off or who is ignoring the complaints?

  2. I saw this happening today: 11/17/2017. They need more settling tanks and should have to stop pumping until they get more. I’m sure there is an upper limit to how fast the water can flow through the system and be considered ‘treated’. Exceeding this limit is likely what has the tanks overflowing. You’d think having the old shipping containers replaced would be a win, but it seems like the proponent wants us to continually feel like we’re losing – just like when they clear-cut the area a year before even starting construction.

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