Mike Schreiner on the Mississauga Gas Plant:
I am honoured to have worked along-side the concerned citizens and local farmers in the fight against gas plants sited in improper locations in Ontario. I’m inspired by citizens who work tirelessly for the benefit of our community and for sensible policies that follow the rules. I want to thank the thousands of people from across the province who signed petitions and wrote letters to the government on this issue.
The Green Party believes that increased investment in efficiency can decrease the need for such developments. We also contend that before proceeding with additional natural gas generation, greater consideration on the location of gas plants is required. Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan must establish safe setback rules for the placement of such plants. It is not appropriate to site large gas plants near residential areas or on protected countryside near prime agricultural land – such as the Holland Marsh.
The Green Party of Ontario will continue to fight for community voices so that inappropriately sited gas plants like the Sherway Gas Plant are not imposed on other communities.
The Green Party supports the cancellation of the Oakville and Sherway Gas Plant. We are also committed to cancelling the development proceeding in the Holland Marsh. Proper set back requirements and community planning processes are needed immediately to avoid the huge costs associated with having to cancel ill conceived projects.
I would once again like to commend your community on your efforts to fight this development.