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).
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.”
He 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.