So, Tyler Hamilton and I got a rare peak inside of Nanticoke a couple weeks ago.
Tyler cover's clean technology for The Star, which means he's far smarter than me. At least on this topic.
(I'm a better volleyball player, right Tyler? Not that I'm competitive.....)
It was the first trip by journalists into the place in a year. They're rare, for reasons the staff couldn't articulate. At first I thought it might stem from security concerns -- ie. showing too much of the essential nuts and bolts of our energy system to terrorists, or angry hippies, or the folks at Greenpeace, who last year piled into a dinghy and tried to interrupt a shipment of coal enroute to the plant. But then, it could be that Nanticoke has been on the top-three-places-to-despise list of many people for the past couple years, since Tim Flannery's The Weather Makers made the bestseller list. (If you haven't read it, head out to the library right now. Really excellent.) And really, who likes to be unpopular?
The truth is, unless you've signed up for Bullfrog Power and are paying an extra $1 a day for clean electricity to be pumped into South Ontario's grid, Nanticoke is part of your daily life.
If you want to take a peak, check out this little video I shot while there. (Sorry for the odd bumby picture. We were walking too fast at times to set up a tripod.)
-- Catherine Porter