PORT ALBERNI, BC, June 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Catalyst Paper (TSX: CTL) is
about to begin re-building the Robertson Creek Dam. Catalyst is
undertaking this work in a strategic alliance with the Hupacasath First
Nation. The dam is located in Hupacasath traditional territory, and
the first nation has been actively engaged in long-standing efforts to
advance the re-build project.
An independent engineering evaluation confirmed the need to replace this
more than 50-year-old structure. The new dam will be fully compliant
with recently strengthened provincial guidelines, and will be designed
to withstand even peak flood conditions on Great Central Lake. The
replacement plan underwent a full environmental assessment under
federal regulatory requirements, and has been issued necessary
Clearing in the immediate vicinity of the dam, which is located about 20
km northwest of Port Alberni and adjacent to the Robertson Creek Fish
Hatchery, is scheduled to begin this week. Site preparation will
extend into July, after which a temporary dam will be constructed just
upstream from the existing one. The existing timber and stone
structure is scheduled to be dismantled in July and August. And
construction of a new earthen dam is scheduled to be completed by
September 15, within a window of minimal fish presence. The cost of
the work is budgeted at $1.7 million.
"We're pleased this project is moving ahead and that we'll soon have an
improved design that meets new provincial standards and reduces risks
to public safety and the environment," said Tom Paisley, general
manager of Catalyst's Port Alberni Division.
Because the new dam will require a somewhat larger footprint than the
old one, Catalyst will undertake compensatory fish habitat improvements
within the local area. This will involve replacing a culvert with a
free-span bridge at the Somass River Estuary near the Catalyst Port
Catalyst Paper manufactures diverse specialty printing papers, newsprint
and pulp. Its customers include retailers, publishers and commercial
printers in North America, Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe.
With four mills located in British Columbia and Arizona, Catalyst has a
combined annual production capacity of 1.9 million tonnes. The company
is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and its common
shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CTL.
Catalyst is listed on the Jantzi Social Index® and is also ranked by
Corporate Knights as one of the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada.
SOURCE Catalyst Paper Corporation
For further information:
Vice-President, Corporate Relations
Catalyst Paper Corporation
Catalyst Paper Corporation
Chief Executive Officer, Hupacasath First Nation
250-724-4041, ext. 23