General News · 4th August 2009
Maclean's magazine recently listed Plutonic Power as one of Canada's most socially responsible corporations for providing sustainable, low-impact hydroelectric projects in coastal B.C., with public consultation.
I flew over its development in Toba Inlet on July 23. Nobody who has seen it would call it low-impact. From the plane, I saw site degradation, industrial-scale earth-moving, river diversion and a 400-person camp surrounded by electrified fencing.
Maclean's cites Plutonic for its social responsibility and consultation when no one in my neighbourhood of the Discovery Islands knew anything about the project until it was already under way. The Toba project is one of 200 proposed developments in coastal B.C. where the populace is paying of corporate powers such as General Electric subsidies and handouts so they can take control of our rivers and make us pay for the honour of being "green." The generous energy purchase agreements mean that we, the people of B.C., give up control of our resource, gain a trashed valley bottom and pay for the privilege for generations.
Quathiaski Cove, Quadra Island
© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun