QS calls for rejection of Geolagoon project in Charlevoix

Massicotte et sur la façon dont il tente d’implanter son projet dans notre milieu sans concertation”,”text”:”Je suis hautement préoccupée par l’attitude de M.Massicotte et sur la façon dont il tente d’implanter son projet dans notre milieu sans concertation”}}”>I am very concerned about Mr. Massicotte’s attitude and the way he is trying to implement his project in our community without consultation.states the Solidarity candidate in Charlevoix-Côte-de-Beaupré, Myriam Fortin.

It is high time to put an end to this project, which is more of a funder’s fantasy than an answer to the real problems of our communities. »

A quote from Myriam Fortin, Quebec Solidaire candidate, Charlevoix-Côte-de-Beaupré

The candidate cites the constituency’s housing problems in particular to justify her opposition to this geolagoon parachute in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, in Charlevoix. Louis Massicotte intends to build 300 chalets around a large lagoon heated with renewable energy.

Although the client boasts of presenting a completely climate-neutral project that is operated with geothermal and solar energy, the trained lawyer has reservations.

Does that make it an overall green project? We do not know the impact on the target area in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François‘ she emphasizes.

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To all of this criticism from Myriam Fortin, the developer responds: The Geolagoon project stems from a rigorous and undeniable scientific approach, not a fantasy. It is certainly an example of sustainable development and will show what can be done for the energy transition.

Louis Massicotte adds that the political manipulations of candidates in the next elections who want to draw public attention to their little people [le] won’t slow down [son] Aiming to be an agent of change for the benefit of the environment.

The Geolagoon is in his opinion an exceptional project for people who take the time to learn because it initiates a process towards creating a self-sufficient village with locally produced renewable energy.

The Parti Québécois candidate in the running, Lucien Rodrigue, also wants the promoter to quickly reveal the details of his project.

It’s hard to decide whether to be for or against. Proof of social compatibility must be available. We don’t currently have thathe notices.

Louis Massicotte says a town hall meeting is planned by the end of August, but no date has been announced yet.

A BAPE necessary?

At the political level, the project is far from unanimous. While the mayor of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François was in favor of the project, the mayor of Saint-Urbain, Claudette Simard, defended it.

Lucien Rodrigue also wonders why the organizer has not already submitted his project to the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement, the BAPE. Construction of the first 150 chalets is scheduled to begin in winter 2023.

BAPE et que c’est refusé, qu’adviendra-t-il des 150unités en question?”,”text”:”Si on soumet ça au BAPE et que c’est refusé, qu’adviendra-t-il des 150unités en question?”}}”>When we submit this BAPE and it is rejected, what happens to the 150 units in question?asks the PQ candidate.

The promoter of Geolagoon, Louis Massicotte

Photo: Radio Canada/Alexane Drolet

The main stakeholder does not consider this step necessary.

RBQ. C’est compatible avec le zonage en place.”,”text”:”On a toujours dit que [le lagon] serait hors terre, précise simplement Louis Massicotte. C’est principalement soumis à la RBQ. C’est compatible avec le zonage en place.”}}”>We’ve always said that [le lagon] would be above ground, Louis Massicotte simply states. It is mainly subject to RBQ. It is compatible with the existing development.

A tourist village project is a project that must comply with both municipal regulations and environmental regulations in general. »

A quote from Louis Massicotte, promoter

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It’s always difficult to accept in this kind of projectadmits Daniele Oppizzi, a business partner of Louis Massicotte.

The solar energy specialist is at the helm of the solar house company iLAND. It was he who evaluated the site’s ability to produce renewable energy. He believes that in order to be fully self-sufficient, the Geolagoon must rely on geothermal, biomass, as well as solar thermal and photovoltaic.

With these four different technologies, we manage to produce all the energy for the geolagoon according to the first calculations.he says.

He agreed to join Louis Massicotte because he believes that recreational tourism regions like Charlevoix can only benefit from such sustainable development projects.

It is a project that is exemplary in its objectiveshe believes.

With information from Louis-Philippe Arsenault

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