Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent, along with Newfoundland and Labrador’s Environment Minister Ross Wiseman, today released the environmental assessment report of the Joint Review Panel for the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project near Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador.
Wiseman called a media availability soon after the announcement was made.
The Joint Review Panel was mandated by the federal and provincial ministers to assess the environmental effects of the proposed project.
According to a news release, both governments will take time to review the findings. The federal and provincial governments will respond to the report after consulting with Aboriginal groups, and will each make a determination on the project.
An executive summary of the report in both official languages is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca, registry number 07-05-26178. The Joint Review Panel report is available on the website of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Environment and Conservation at www.gov.nl.ca/env/env_assessment/projects/Y2010/1305/lower_churchill_panel_report.pdf
Nalcor Energy proposes to construct two hydroelectric generating stations with a total capacity of just over 3,000 megawatts (MW) on the Lower Churchill River, together with transmission lines to connect the two generation sites to the existing Churchill Falls generation facility. The proposed generation stations would be located at Muskrat Falls (824 MW) and Gull Island (2250 MW).