Open House Held to Discuss Initial Borehole Drilling

This picture shows a South Bruce man examining a piece of rock core while taking to NWMO staff about borehole drilling at an open house in Teeswater.

South Bruce citizen Dave Thompson, left, learns more about rock core samples and borehole drilling during a conversation with the NWMO's Jim McLay and Cherie Leslie during an open house in Teeswater.

An open house hosted by the NWNO at the Learn More Centre in Teeswater on December 8 provided another opportunity for South Bruce and area citizens to help guide the next phase of work in preliminary assessments studies – initial borehole drilling. A similar open house event was held in Mildmay on November 3 and 4.

The initial borehole would be for research purposes only, and it would not be expected to be a repository site. It would advance understanding of the general geology across the community and help assess the area’s potential suitability to safely host a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel.

People who attended the event had an opportunity to view four proposed borehole locations on a map. These included proposed industrial land in Teeswater; landfill, treatment plant and gravel pit area in Teeswater; Mildmay treatment plant area; and the municipal landfill area in Mildmay.

Community members were asked to share local knowledge about these areas, located on municipally-owned land. These valuable comments will help the NWMO and community work together to identify the preferred location for the research borehole.

The NWMO hopes to continue talking with community members about the proposed borehole locations into 2017.