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Friday, February 29, 2008

Ethanol Plant in Barrie - Say No!

The proposed Ethanol Plant in Barrie is currently under environmental review. The effects of this plant are far reaching with a heavy increase in rail and truck traffic to deliver product to the plant for refining. Estimates are at 5-10 trucks an hour and up to 50 railcars a day. This poses potential for disaster along both the rail and 400 corridors in the case of a spill. The rail lines pass right by many tributaries that feed lake Simcoe and in some cases lie within half a km of the lake. I`m interested in getting your feedback on this matter from an environmental impact perspective, please leave a post!. Anyone interested in learning more should visit - Citizens Against Refining Ethanol http://www.careinbarrie.com/

11 Comments:

Blogger Robyn said...

I guess the $30 million that the federal government is giving for the cleanup of Lake Simcoe will be used up pretty quickly if one of those trains derails. There are many areas along the train line through Innisfil/Bradford that are zoned as "conservation" areas...how can they even think of allowing ethanol cars through these sensitive areas?

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironic. You bad mouth ethanol, yet you have no problems with the thousands of diesel/gas trucks that travel the 400 every day and go directly into communities nor do you mention the environmental havoc that such "industries" as big box stores and or "life style areas" such as park place will have on our beautiful city.

3:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To further add to the mess, a proposed ethanol plant will not only increase rail traffic but also increase the amount of trucks delivering the material the plant requires - along the 400 corridor. Perhaps they could transport using thousands of Smart-Cars and reduce their carbon footprint.

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