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In total, $141,615 was given out, with a maximum of $19,000 per group. The funding is intended to assist those interested in participating in the review process, including reviewing and commenting on the Environmental Impact Statement and participating in public hearings.
Andrea Morison, Coordinator for PVEA, said it will cost them tens, if not hundreds of dollars to hire experts to effectively review B.C. Hydro’s studies. She believes the amount is intended to silence small non-profit groups.
However, Annie Roy, spokesperson for CEAA, says the funding is limited, and not meant to cover all of their expenses, and is standard for a project this size.
The other groups receiving funding include the North Peace Rod and Gun Club, British Columbia Women’s Institute, Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, Peace River Environmental Society, Gwen Johansson, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and Kelly Lake Cree Nation.
An independent committee reviewed the applications. Its report can be found here.
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