The amended EIS, which was submitted on August 2, 2013, includes the potential effects of the project, as well as proposed ways Hydro will work to avoid those effects.
After reviewing the amended EIS and making a visit to the region for a first-hand look at the project, the Joint Review Panel came back on September 6 determining that more information is needed from Hydro to back up its findings. That essentially stopped the regulatory clock, and it’s unclear whether Hydro’s response alone restarts it.
If the Joint Review Panel finds the additional information sufficient, public hearings in the area will be scheduled.
B.C. Hydro also filed an evidentiary update today which updates the EIS and addresses additional comments from the public and Aboriginal groups. Hydro says it doesn’t change the findings of the EIS, but confirms the need for Site C’s energy and capacity resources to meet future customer demand, and that the dam is still the preferred option to meet the need.
B.C. Hydro’s response to the Request for Additional Information issued by the Joint Review Panel on Friday, September 6, 2013 can be found here: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/