The Canadian Joint Review Panel reviewing the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project in British Columbia is inviting the public to comment on the draft Public Hearing Procedures.
The panel is reviewing the amended Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) received from the proponent, BC Hydro. The panel will determine whether the EIS is sufficient or if the utility must provide additional information before the panel schedules the public hearing. The panel will issue a notice of hearing at least 30 days before the start of the public hearing, the agencies said Aug. 26.
The panel is currently seeking written input from members of the public, Aboriginal groups, and governments on the public hearing procedures which detail how the public hearing will unfold. After reviewing the comments received, the panel will issue a final version of the document.
The panel must receive written comments on the hearing procedures by Sept. 16.
BC Hydro proposes to construct and operate a dam and 1,100-MW hydroelectric 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 meters long and 60 meters high, an 1,100-MW station and associated structures, an 83-kilometer long reservoir, realignment of four sections of Highway 29 and two 77-kilometer transmission lines along an existing transmission line right-of-way connecting Site C to the existing provincial power grid.