Public invited to attend information sessions - Proposed Lower Churchill hydroelectric generation project

    OTTAWA, April 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Joint Panel appointed to review the
proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project is currently
considering the adequacy of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) filed in
February, 2009 by the proponent, Nalcor Energy. Panel members are Lesley
Griffiths (Co-chair), Herb Clarke (Co-Chair), Keith Chaulk, James Igloliorte
and Meinhard Doelle.
    As part of its ongoing work requirements, the Panel will be in Happy
Valley-Goose Bay on April 6-8, 2009 but will not be meeting with anyone at
that time.
    The Secretariat for the Joint Panel will hold information sessions in a
number of communities starting on April 20, 2009. The sessions will take place
in the Lake Melville region, Hopedale, Cartwright, Rigolet, Natuashish,
Churchill Falls, Labrador City/Wabush and St. John's. Final details on the
dates, times and locations of the sessions will be provided soon.
    The information sessions will give Aboriginal groups, the public,
governments and other interested parties an opportunity to hear about how the
joint panel review will proceed and how they can participate. Federal and
provincial representatives who form the secretariat will be making
presentations and will answer questions. The Panel will not be present at
these sessions.
    The Panel is currently inviting the public to comment on the adequacy of
the EIS prior to the deadline of May 22, 2009. All comments will be made
public through the online registry established for the project. The EIS, along
with more information on this project, are available on the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Registry at , registry number
    The proponent, Nalcor Energy, proposes to construct two hydroelectric
generating stations with a total capacity of just over 3000 megawatts (MW) on
the Lower Churchill River, together with transmission lines to connect the two
generation sites to the existing Upper Churchill Project. The proposed
generation stations would be located at Gull Island (2,250 MW) and Muskrat
Falls (824 MW).

For further information:

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

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