What was this engagement about?
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.
As part of the environmental assessment certificate process, BC Hydro submitted an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS provides an analysis of the potential environmental, economic, social, health and heritage effects of the proposed project and measures to mitigate those impacts.
The project is now under review by the Joint Review Panel appointed by the federal and provincial environmental ministers. On November 7, 2013, the Panel announced the EIS along with the additional information submitted by the proponent BC Hydro contain sufficient information to proceed to the public hearing.
How did my contribution make a difference?
The Panel held a series of public hearings from December 9, 2013 until January 2014 in Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Prince George, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Peace River. During those hearing sessions, the Panel invited persons who wished to participate in the hearing to register. All hearing sessions were open to members of the public wishing to observe the proceedings. The primary purpose of the hearing was for the Panel to receive the information it requires to complete its environmental assessment of the project. The hearings also gave the proponent, the public, Aboriginal groups, and governments, an opportunity to present their views in person to the Panel on the project and its potential environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: December 9, 2013 – January, 2014
Category: Natural Resources
Types: In-person, Email, Mail