Oakville Mayor Rob Burton says no other Ontario community should have to face the threat of having a gas-fired
electrical generating station built near homes and schools.
He appeared before a legislative committee today, telling reporters the province must give municipalities the right to decide
where to locate energy projects.
Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli admitted for the first time Monday that the estimated 40-million-dollar cost for scrapping the
Oakville gas plant ``could be wrong.''
Burton insists that the negative impacts on Oakville, had the project gone ahead, could have carried a much higher cost.
He stresses that it made no sense to put a gas plant within 1,500 metres of 3,000 homes, nine schools,
a hospital, a long-term care home and the QEW.