WO & PRR concerns with draft ER from Xeneca

Xeneca recently released a draft Environmental Assessment on the Petawawa Big Eddy Project. WO & PRR had a number of concerns which they have raised with Xeneca in the letter below and attached pdf.


To: Joanna Samson, Ministry of Natural Resources (Pembroke); Vikki Mitchell, Ministry of the Environment; Ernest Watson, Department of Fisheries & Oceans; Caroline Deary, Transport Canada; Mark Holmes, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs; Xeneca Power Development;

Cc: Vanessa Enskaitis, Xeneca Power Development; Bob Sweet, Mayor, Town of Petawawa; Kelly Williams, Parks & Recreation (Town of Petawawa); Brad Wipp, Petawawa River Rats; Wayne Donison, Whitewater Ontario – River Advocacy Committee


Hello All:

As a member of the regulatory community involved with the Big Eddy project, we are providing you - and the proponent - a short summary of our concerns. We are hopeful that these concerns will be noted, and the suggested corrective actions implemented and reflected in the final version of the ER as the process moves forward.

The draft Environmental Report (ER), recently made available via Xeneca Power Development Ltd, contains substantial amounts of information which our organizations consider as misleading, misrepresentative, unsubstantiated or simply inaccurate.  In addition, our organizations share a grave concern that the proposed compensatory measures fail to protect the recreational paddling community’s usage of the Petawawa River at Railroad Rapids (Big Eddy). 

In fact, the Environmental Report states clearly on Page 148: "Development of the dam will present a barrier to navigation and conflict with the traditional lifeways of communities."

On the following pages, we have indicated the relevant section and page from the draft Environmental Report along with a description of our concern. We ask that you consider our concerns when evaluating this document. In many cases, suggested corrective actions have been included.

As indicated in previous correspondence, our organizations remain firmly opposed to this project.  It represents a significant loss to the communities affected and the draft Environmental Report provides little evidence of suitable compensatory measures.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at your earliest convenience and we would be happy to discuss with you



Philip Kompass, 36 Earl St, Petawawa, ON
Whitewater Ontario – River Advocacy Committee
613 633 1006 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      

Brad Wipp, 31 Country Lane, Petawawa, ON
Petawawa River Rats Executive
613 633 1687 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to access the letter


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