OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Joint Review Panel reviewing the
proposed Site C Clean Energy Project in British Columbia announced
today that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) along with the
additional information submitted by the proponent BC Hydro contain
sufficient information to proceed to the public hearing. The public
hearing will begin with an opening session in Fort St. John, B.C. on December 9, 2013 and will be completed in January 2014.
The Public Hearing
All hearing sessions are open to members of the public wishing to
observe the proceedings. The primary purpose of the hearing is for the
Panel to receive the information it requires to complete its
environmental assessment of the project. The hearing will also give
the proponent, the public, Aboriginal groups, and governments, an
opportunity to present their views in person to the Panel on the
project and its potential environmental, economic, social, heritage and
The Panel will hold public hearing sessions in Fort St. John, Hudson's
Hope, Prince George, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Peace River as
indicated in the preliminary schedule and as follows:
General hearing sessions will provide an opportunity for registered participants to present their
overall views on the project and its potential effects. The first
general session will be held in December 2013.
Topic-Specific hearing sessions will allow interested parties and experts who possess specialized
knowledge to present technical information relevant to the
environmental assessment of the project. The first topic-specific
session will be held in December 2013 and subsequent sessions in
Community hearing sessions will be held in selected Aboriginal communities to allow community
members to express their views and present their information and issues
to the Panel in an informal setting. The first community session will
be held in December 2013.
How to Participate
The Panel will conduct the hearing in accordance with its Public Hearing
Procedures. For all hearing sessions, the Panel invites persons who
wish to participate in the hearing, to register as soon as possible using the registration form.
For the General and Community sessions, participants may make an oral
presentation or file a written submission or both. At the
Topic-Specific sessions, oral presentations by Interested Parties must
be accompanied by a written submission.
For all hearing sessions, any written submissions must be submitted to
the Panel by November 25, 2013. The Panel will soon provide a more detailed hearing schedule,
including specific locations for the hearing sessions.
To register, file a submission for the hearing sessions and schedule a
presentation, contact either Panel Co-Manager:
Courtney Trevis, Panel Co-Manager
Site C Review Panel Secretariat
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Toll free: 1-866-582-1884
Brian Murphy, Panel Co-Manager
Site C Review Panel Secretariat
2nd Floor, 836 Yates St.
PO Box 9426
Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9V1
Tel.: 250- 387-2402
Following the close of the public hearing, the Panel will submit its
report to the federal Minister of the Environment and the Executive
Director of the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office.
To view the preliminary Public Hearing Schedule, the registration form,
the Hearing Procedures or the sufficiency determination letter, consult
the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca , reference number 63919, or the Electronic Project Information Centre
at www.eao.gov.bc.ca . All submissions received will be considered public and posted on the
online public registries.
To be added to the distribution list and be kept informed of activities
relating to the panel review process, provide contact information to: SiteCReview@ceaa-acee.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Site C Joint Review Panel
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