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Breaking News: Collingwood Ethanol Plant Goes BOOM!

Posted by Sherry Rioux on May 13, 2009
5 Comments

10:40 am:  We got a call about an hour ago from an east-end resident letting us know that there had just been a loud and powerful blast that came from the Collingwood Ethanol plant a short while ago.  Black smoke billowed across the skies and emergency vehicles quickly came to the scene.

As my assistant Chris lives in the east end of town, we quickly went over to the plant and sure enough, all access points are blocked by police vehicles and it appears some employees have been evacuated.  While there, she spoke to an OPP officer who told her that they did not yet know the cause and that witnesses were being interviewed.  She did not feel there was any imminent threat of danger and no local residents have been evacuated.  The local media is on the scene.  The good news is that we did not see any further smoke and, we watched a fire truck LEAVING the scene.

The Collingwood Ethanol plant continues to be the subject of much controversy in the community.  The Ministry of Environment (MOE) has previously confirmed that the plant is not meeting its Certificate of Approval limits regarding odour and noise and have issued Minister’s orders against the plant.  Municipal nuisance charges are also pending against the company.

Will today’s event finally bring the urgency and seriousness of residents concerns to a head?  Collingwood citizens have surely had enough.  Coincidentally, we hear an unconfirmed  rumour that Collingwood’s Mayor Carrier is meeting with the MOE this morning.

Breaking Breaking News:  We’ve also just heard that the explosion was a minor fire in the top of a silo and further, that thankfully no one has been hurt.  We’ve also been told the plant is expected to re-open by tonight. 

May 14th Update:  Plant has announced it will voluntarily and temporarily shut down on June 30th to complete odour abatement plan.

5 thoughts on “Breaking News: Collingwood Ethanol Plant Goes BOOM!

  • anne dalton
    on January 22, 2010

    We are concerned about the ethanol plant for potential explosion and bad odours in Collingwood. We were considering purchasing a home in a new development in the east end of Collingwood by builders Eden Oak. Now wea re apprehensive. Does anyone know if this ethanol plant is a problem?

  • anne dalton
    on January 22, 2010

    We are concerned about the ethanol plant for potential explosion and bad odours in Collingwood. We were considering purchasing a home in a new development in the east end of Collingwood by builders Eden Oak. Now wea re apprehensive. Does anyone know if this ethanol plant is a problem?

  • Marg
    on January 22, 2010

    Hi Anne and thanks for your comment. I’m not an expert on ethanol plants however, there is lots of information on the web about the pros and cons. I do think that our plant is likely one of the most closely monitored ones in the country and therefore one would think, at a very high standard of safety. Eden Oak has a good reputation and have been very committed to the Town of Collingwood’s future in many ways.

  • on March 11, 2010

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  • on March 11, 2010

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