Keeyask hydro project in Manitoba clears one agency review

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said June 27 that Canada’s Environment Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, has decided that the proposed Keeyask Generation Project, located in Manitoba, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when mandated mitigation measures are taken into account.

The minister has referred the project back to the responsible authority, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, for appropriate action. In reaching her decision, Aglukkaq considered a Comprehensive Study Report and the comments received from the public and Aboriginal groups on the report. The minister is requesting that the responsible authorities ensure the implementation of the mitigation measures described in the Comprehensive Study Report.

Keeyask Hydropower LP will construct and operate a 695-MW hydroelectric station at Gull Rapids, located on the lower Nelson River in Manitoba. Associated transmission lines – developed, owned, and operated by Manitoba Hydro – will be located approximately 180 kilometers northeast of Thompson, Manitoba.

The developer is a joint venture between four local Cree Nations (Tataskweyak Cree Nation, War Lake First Nation, Fox Lake Cree Nation, and York Factory First Nation) and Manitoba Hydro.

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