Proposed Bute Inlet Hydroelectric project availability of $250,000 to participate in the environmental assessement

    OTTAWA, May 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) is making available $250,000 under its Participant Funding
Program to assist groups and individuals to participate in the environmental
review for the proposed Bute Inlet Hydroelectric project in British Columbia.
    This funding is being made available to help successful applicants review
and comment on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will be prepared
by the proponent. The funding may also be used to prepare for and participate
in the public hearings that will be announced at a later date.
    Funding applications received by the Agency by July 6, 2009 will be
considered. A Funding Review Committee, independent of the review process,
will consider all applications and make recommendations on the allocation of
    Information on the funding program, the proposed project and on the
environmental assessment process is available on the Agency Web site at , registry number 09-05-44825.
    Bute Hydro Inc. is proposing to construct 17 run-of-river hydroelectric
facilities in the vicinity of Bute Inlet. Major components in addition to the
generating facilities include a substation near the mouth of Southgate River,
associated access roads and ancillary works, 216 km of 230 kV collector
transmission line and 227 km of 500 kV trunk transmission line from the
proposed substation near the mouth of Southgate River to the existing 500 kV
substation at Malaspina.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Lucille Jamault, Senior Communications Advisor,
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0434

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