September 28, 2011:
It is the position of the ORA that hydro-electric generation, in the form Xeneca is suggesting at Four Slides, will have unacceptable environmental impacts, and does not contribute in any way to “the betterment of the people of the whole or any part of Ontario by providing for the protection, conservation and wise management in Ontario of the environment.”1 The ER is very lacking in several extremely important areas, such as inadequate public and First Nation consultation, incomplete field studies, and proper considerations for the effects of climate change. After carefully reviewing the information as presented, the cumulative effects of this proposal would unnecessarily place the people of the Serpent River Community at risk, as well as the fish populations of Picors Lake and McCarthy Lake, and create a zone of influence that would have devastating effects on the entire riverine ecosystem, both upstream and downstream of Four Slide Falls. In light of this, and in response to our concerns listed in detail below, ORA is requesting a Part II Order be issued to elevate this proposal to an Individual Environmental Assessment.
MOE to ORA – Four Slide Falls, Serpent River – 19 April 2012
Miscellaneous – Minutes & Correspondence
MOE response to Xeneca – The Chute – 2 March 2012