The Canadian Minister of the Environment has terminated the environmental assessment of the 1,027-MW Bute Inlet Hydroelectric project in southwestern British Columbia.
Bute Hydro Inc. had proposed to construct 17 run-of-river hydroelectric facilities in the vicinity of Bute Inlet. The project had been referred to an environmental panel review in May 2009 and the panel appointed in the summer of 2009. In March 2011, as Bute Hydro did not intend to move forward with the environmental assessment process, the Minister of the Environment disbanded the panel and released the panel members from their obligations under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
Given that the proponent, which is currently Alterra Power Corp. (TSX: AXY), has indicated that it does not plan to proceed with the environmental assessment process in the near future, the responsible authorities have confirmed that they will not exercise a power or perform a duty or function in relation to the project, said the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency in a June 18 notice. The proponent may apply to commence a new environmental assessment process if and when it determines that it wants to proceed with the project proposal.