OTTAWA, June 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, announced today that the proposed Keeyask Generation Project, located in Manitoba, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when the mitigation measures described in the Comprehensive Study Report are taken into account. The Minister has referred the project back to the responsible authority, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, for appropriate action.
In reaching her decision, the Minister considered the Comprehensive Study Report and the comments received from the public and Aboriginal groups on the report.
This project was assessed using a science-based approach in accordance with the former Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
- Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership will construct and operate a 695-megawatt hydroelectric generating station at Gull Rapids (Keeyask), located on the lower Nelson River in Manitoba. Associated transmission lines, developed, owned, and operated by Manitoba Hydro, will be located approximately 180 kilometres northeast of Thompson, Manitoba.
- A copy of the Minister of the Environment's environmental assessment decision statement and more information on this project are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry website, reference number 64144.
- The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of sustainable development.
SOURCE: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
For further information: Ted Laking, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of the Environment, 819-997-1441; Sofie McCoy-Astell, Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, 613-960-1519, Sofie.McCoy-Astell@ceaa-acee.gc.ca