OTTAWA, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Kent, federal
Minister of the Environment and the Honourable Terry Lake, British
Columbia Minister of the Environment, announced today that a Joint
Agreement has been signed for the cooperative environmental assessment,
including a review by a joint panel, of the Site C Clean Energy Project
in British Columbia (B.C.).
The final agreement specifies the process for conducting the review,
outlines the joint review panel terms of reference and identifies the
timelines associated with key steps of the cooperative process.
Following a 30-day public consultation period held in October 2011,
comments received by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and
the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office were considered and the
agreement was finalized.
To view the final agreement or to obtain more information on this
project, consult the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca , reference number 11-05-63919 or the B.C. Environmental Assessment
Office web site at www.eao.gov.bc.ca .
The next steps in the review process include public consultation on the
draft guidelines for the environmental impact statement (EIS) to be
held in the spring of 2012. The guidelines provide direction to the
proponent and identify the information that will be required in the
BC Hydro and Power Authority proposes to construct and operate a dam and
1,100-megawatt hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River in
northeastern B.C. The proposed project would be the third in a series
of dams on the B.C. portion of the Peace River. The project components
are an earthfill dam 1,050 metres long and 60 metres high, an
1,100-megawatt generating station and associated structures, an 83-km
long reservoir, realignment of four sections of Highway 29 and two
77-km transmission lines along an existing transmission line
right-of-way connecting Site C to the existing provincial power grid.
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.
The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office manages the
provincial environmental assessment process, which examines major
projects for potential environmental, economic, social, heritage and
health effects that may occur during the lifecycle of a project and
identifies strategies to prevent or reduce potential adverse effects.
SOURCE Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA)
For further information:
British Columbia Environmental