Romaine Hydroelectric Complex Project - Appointment of the Review Panel Members

    OTTAWA, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird,
and the President of the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement
(BAPE), Mr. Pierre Renaud, appointed today the members of the joint review
panel established to review the proposed Romaine Hydroelectric Complex
    Mr. Michel Germain chairs the BAPE Panel, joined by Mr. Louis Deriger.
Mr. Jean-Guy Beaudoin, the federal member joins them to form the joint review
panel, which will commence its activities on October 27, 2008.
    Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird, and the Minister of
Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Ms. Line Beauchamp, approved
the appointment of the joint review panel members further to the Canada-Québec
Agreement on Environmental Assessment Cooperation.
    The project is a proposal by Hydro-Québec to build a 1500 megawatts
hydroelectric complex on the Romaine River, north of the municipality of
Havre-Saint-Pierre. The complex would include four power stations along the
river and the creation of new reservoirs covering an expanse of approximately
275 km2. There are also plans to build an access road of roughly 160 km to
link Route 138 to the site.
    To view documents related to this projects, the public may refer to the
Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at, reference
number 04-07-2613. The public may also access the BAPE documentation in the
centres open in the area, or by visiting the BAPE Website at: .

    The 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.

    The mission of the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement is to
inform and consult the public on questions related to the quality of the
environment assigned to it by the Minister of Sustainable Development,
Environment and Parks. In so doing, it helps guide government decision-making
in a sustainable development perspective, a perspective comprising the
biophysical, social and economic aspects.

For further information:

For further information: Nicholas Girard, Senior Communications Advisor,
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0958

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