Open House Provides Opportunities to Discuss Borehole Drilling

This photo shows two different drill rigs that could potentially be used for drilling core samples.

The drilling of one initial borehole will help advance understanding of the area's general geology.

An open house hosted by the NWNO at the Learn More Centre in Ripley on December 7 provided another opportunity for Huron-Kinloss and area citizens to help guide the next phase of work in preliminary assessments studies – initial borehole drilling. A similar open house was held in Lucknow on November 1 and 2.

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.

Community members in attendance at the open house had an opportunity to view and provide comment about three proposed borehole locations: Kinloss Gravel Pit, Kinloss Landfill site and Proposed Industrial Park in Ripley. They 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 citizens about the proposed borehole locations into 2017.