An aerial view of Muskrat Falls taken in August. — Photo by Ashley Fitzpatrick/The Telegram
NSP Maritime Link Inc, a subsidiary of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador Holdings Inc. and an affiliate of Nova Scotia Power, has filed its environmental assessment report for the Maritime link project with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Nova Scotia Environment and Newfoundland's Department of Environment and Conservation.
"This is a major milestone in the federal and provincial environmental assessment processes for the proposed Maritime Link, an electrical transmission project which will link the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia for the very first time. The Maritime link will help meet the federal legislative requirement to reduce coal emissions through the use of increased renewable energy," Emera said in a news release today.
"For almost two years our project team has been meeting and consulting with Aboriginal groups, the general public and other stakeholders," said Rick Janega, president of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador. "The environmental assessment report includes a considerable amount of feedback from our consultation process, as well as a thorough analysis of potential effects on the environment. It relies on numerous scientific studies and on third-party expertise to support the findings it contains."
The 737-page report can be viewed at the Nova Scotia Environment website: at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/ea/projects.asp and the Newfoundland Department of Environment and Conservation website at www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/env_assessment/projects/Y2011/1618/index.html.
About Emera Newfoundland & Labrador and NSP Maritime Link Inc.
NSP Maritime Link Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador Holdings Inc., is responsible for the design, engineering, construction and commissioning of the 500-megawatt Maritime link transmission project to transmit energy from the Island of Newfoundland to Nova Scotia. More information on the project is available at www.emeranl.com.
Emera Inc. is an energy and services company with $7.4 billion in assets and 2011 revenues of $2.1 billion. The company invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, as well as gas transmission and utility energy services. Emera's strategy is focused on generating and delivering clean energy.