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"NO ETHANOL" at the Oshawa Harbour

Oshawa Harbour Overview | Economic Development at the Harbour | NO ETHANOL at our Harbour

On August 9, 2012, the Oshawa Port Authority (OPA) announced approval for FarmTech Energy Corporation to build and operate an ethanol refinery, that would include four grain silos, each standing 125 feet high (equivalent to four 12‐storey buildings) at the Oshawa Harbour.

The ethanol refinery on Oshawa Harbour lands would be the only ethanol refinery located along the Canadian shoreline of Lake Ontario. Further, that the refinery would be adjacent to the Waterfront Trail and to the Second Marsh, a Provincially Significant Wetland, and the picturesque Lakeview Park.

An ethanol refinery does not belong at the Oshawa Harbour and is much more suited to an agricultural location such as the Township of Brock, also located in Durham Region; who has declared its interest in the ethanol refinery as it is suited to their rural community.

According to an opinion poll commissioned by Council of Canadians, a clear majority of 55% of Oshawa residents do not want an ethanol plant built on their waterfront, with twice as many respondents opposed to the location as those in favour (28%). When asked which level of government should have made the decision on the project, 50% of respondents said the local level while only 9% chose the federal level as the most appropriate decision makers.

Oshawa Mayor John Henry has written to the Prime Minister to ask that he intervene and halt construction of an ethanol refinery at the Oshawa Harbour. In the letter, Mayor Henry also asked for a meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the urgent matter and a viable option -- locating the refinery in Brock Township, also in the Durham Region, an agriculturally rural community and willing host for an ethanol refinery. Read the letter dated Sept. 26, 2012 and the follow-up letter dated Nov. 1, 2012. In addition, Mayor John Henry received a letter from Premier Dalton McGuinty. Read the letter dated Dec. 3, 2012.

The City encourages residents to contact the OPA and their Board Members, FarmTech, and MPs Kent, Flaherty, Carrie and Lebel, and urge them to stop construction of the ethanol refinery at the Oshawa Harbour.

"NO ETHANOL" campaign:

The City launched the "No Ethanol at our Harbour" campaign on July 1, 2011 in response to a letter received late June 2011 from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada notifying the City that an Environmental Assessment (EA) Review was underway for a proposed ethanol refinery to be located on Crown Land at the Oshawa Harbour. Learn more by visiting the City's "No Ethanol at our Harbour" campaign webpage.