Oshawa Harbour Ethanol Plant

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Ethanol Plant at Oshawa Harbour


For a number of years there has been a proposal to build an ethanol refinery at Oshawa Harbour. When The Federal Government created the Oshawa Port Authority last year, they included a parcel of land known as Gifford's Hill which the Port Authority immediately offered to Farmtech to build their refinery. This would be located at the lower right of the picture here. As you can see it is immediately adjacent to a large wetland.

This is Oshawa's Second Marsh, shown above, a provincially significant wetland and the largest urban wetland between Niagara to the Bay of Quinte.

DurhamCLEAR opposes this project on a number of fronts:

  • a large industrial project is an inappropriate use for such a sensitive site.
  • the proposed facility has repeatedly tried to get environmental approvals from both the provincial and federal governments and in each case they have withdrawn their applications before a decision was rendered
  • the facility is opposed by both the City Council of Oshawa and the Regional Council of Durham
  • ethanol is not the clean fuel it was once reputed to be - the carbon footprint is no better than gasoline
  • the feedstock for for this plant would be corn and the land where it is grown could be much better used to produce food.

The Port Authority originally said that construction would start last fall (2012) but they hadn't done their due diligence. Before they could do anything, federal regulations required them to do a land use plan which is subject to public consultation.

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