Joint Review Panel Established for Environmental Assessment of Proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project

    OTTAWA and ST. JOHN'S, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Environment
Minister Jim Prentice and Newfoundland and Labrador's Minister of Environment
and Conservation Charlene Johnson, along with Dave Denine, Minister of
Intergovernmental Affairs, announced today the establishment of a five-member
Joint Review Panel for the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation
Project, located near Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador.
    Minister Prentice, Minister Johnson and Minister Denine appointed Lesley
Griffiths and Herbert Clarke as panel co-chairs, as well as Meinhard Doelle,
Keith Chaulk and James Igloliorte as panel members. Biographical information
on the panel co-chairs and members is available in the accompanying
    A Joint Panel Agreement for the environmental review was signed by all
three ministers. The Agreement which is being released today was issued for
public comment before being finalized. The Agreement describes the Panel's
terms of reference as well as the process to be followed for conducting the
joint panel review.

    Under the Agreement, the Joint Review Panel will:

    - conduct an examination of the environmental effects of the proposed
      project and the significance of those effects;
    - consider measures that are technically and economically feasible to
      mitigate any adverse environmental effects, the need for and the
      requirements of any follow-up programs with respect to the project; and
    - consider comments from the public that are received during the review.

    Further details on the scope of the environmental assessment can be found
in the terms of reference contained in the Agreement. Additional information
on this project, along with the Agreement, is available on the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Agency Registry at under registry
number 07-05-26178, and on the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of
Environment and Conservation Web site at .
    Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro proposes the development of two
hydroelectric generating stations on the Lower Churchill River. One is a 2,000
megawatt project located at Gull Island, which is 225 km downstream from the
existing 5,428 megawatt facility at Churchill Falls, and the other is an 800
megawatt project located at Muskrat Falls, which is 60 km downstream of Gull


    Lesley Griffiths

    Leslie Griffiths is Co-principal of Griffiths Muecke, a consulting firm
that provides services in the areas of consultation and consensus-building
processes, environmental impact assessment, resource management and community
    Ms. Griffiths has developed and implemented information and consultation
strategies for community and social planning, community economic development,
resource developments and various types of waste management planning.
    Ms. Griffiths has substantive experience chairing environmental
assessment panels in Atlantic Canada. She chaired the federal-provincial joint
review panel examining the Sydney Tar Ponds remediation in Cape Breton as well
as the joint review panel established for the Voisey's Bay Mine and Mill
project in northern Labrador. She also served as a joint panel member for the
review of the Halifax Harbour wastewater treatment facility. Ms. Griffiths
chaired the provincial review panel of the Trans-Labrador Highway Phase III
project and co-chaired the Nova Scotia Minister of Environment and Labour's
Task Force on Clean Air, producing the Province's first air quality management
strategy. She is currently the Process Lead for the Fundy Tidal Energy
Strategic environmental assessment.

    Herbert Clarke

    Herbert Clarke was a former member of the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore
Petroleum Board until July 2008. He held several senior deputy minister
positions in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and senior executive
positions in industry for the Voisey's Bay Nickel Company and Fishery Products
International. He was also founding Chairman of the Fisheries Resource
Conservation Council.
    Mr. Clarke has experience as chair on boards and participated, as Public
Review Commissioner for the White Rose Development Application. As a
representative of the proponent, he participated in the negotiation of Impact
and Benefit Agreements with Aboriginal peoples of the Voisey's Bay project.
Mr. Clarke is retired and holds a private consulting and investment company.

    Dr. Meinhard Doelle

    Meinhard Doelle is Associate Professor specialized in environmental law
at the Dalhousie Law School. He is the Associate Director of the Marine and
Environmental Law Institute and the Director of the Marine & Environmental Law
Programme. From 1996 to 2001, he was the Executive Director of Clean Nova
Scotia. He has been involved in the practice of environmental law in Nova
Scotia since 1990 and in that capacity served as drafter of the Nova Scotia
Environment Act. He is currently environmental Counsel to the Atlantic Canada
law firm of Stewart McKelvey. From 2000 to 2006, he was a non-governmental
member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nation climate change
negotiations. From January to May 2008, he was a visiting scholar at the
Environmental Law Center of the IUCN in Bonn, Germany.
    Dr. Doelle has written on a variety of environmental law topics,
including climate change, energy law, invasive species, environmental
assessments and public participation in environmental decision-making.

    Dr. Keith Chaulk

    Keith Chaulk is a biologist and Director at the Labrador Institute of the
Memorial University. He occupied several positions in the public sector as
biologist and scientist in particular, for the Canadian Wildlife Services, the
Department of Lands and Natural Resources of the Nunatsiavut Government,
Environment Canada and the Labrador Inuit Association. Dr. Chaulk is a
resident of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
    Dr. Chaulk has published many reports and did several presentations
related to black bears, waterfowl and seabirds. Dr. Chaulk was appointed
Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies of the Memorial University of
Newfoundland and earned several awards. He is currently member of the Regional
Planning Authority for the Labrador Settlement Area and the Harvest Research
Steering Committee.

    James Igloliorte

    James Igloliorte is a former law magistrate and Provincial Court Judge in
Labrador. He retired from Provincial Court in 2004. In 1999 he was awarded a
National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the field of law. He was honorary
colonel of five Wing Goose Bay for a year and has recently stepped down as
Labrador Director with the Innu Healing Foundation.
    Mr. Igloliorte graduated from Memorial University with a bachelor's
degree in science and education in 1974. In 1985 he received his bachelor of
law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax and returned to take up duties
in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from
Memorial University at the 2002 spring convocation.

For further information:

For further information: Lucille Jamault, Senior Communications Advisor,
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0434; Melony O'Neill,
Director of Communications, Department of Environment and Conservation, (709)
729-2575, (709) 689-0928

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