Vandals hit Bala Falls power site: fence cut, disassembled and removed

Bala Falls fence

Vandals have struck at Bala Falls removing a recently installed fence that was put up in advance of the pending new hydroelectric facility there.

Photos provided to Muskoka News Watch show that the fence was cut, unfastened and removed (bolts and bits of fence were left at the scene, see photos).

imageSwift River Energy Ltd. Vice President Frank Belerique says he suspected from the onset the fence was tampered with and he says the fence installer has since confirmed as much.

An opponent of the hydro project recently publicly chastised the company, insinuating that if Swift River couldn’t get a fence right, then how could they build a power plant, implying that the fence just washed away.

“The fence did not wash away or fall over because of poor workmanship or materials,” says Belerique. “The fence posts are still standing and perfectly plumb. The fence was vandalized, pure and simple.”

imageHe adds, “I am very disappointed that people would stoop so low as to break the law to help them spread a lie, but not entirely surprised. We do not know what happened to the missing fence or where it is.”

The cost to reinstall the fence will be about $4,200.

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