Site C dam moving to public hearing phase

B.C. Hydro submitted its EIS on August 2, and responded to three subsequent requests for further information to support it. The preliminary hearing schedule includes stops in Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Prince George, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Peace River, Alberta. They will all be open for public observation. 

Hydro, members of the public, Aboriginal groups, and governments will be able to present their views on the project and its potential effects on the environment, along with economic, social, heritage and health effects in person to the panel. 

Other sessions will be held, including general hearing sessions where registered participants can present their views, which will start in January 2014. Experts on specific environmental elements will be invited to take part in topic-specific hearing sessions held in December and January, and more informal community hearings will be held in Aboriginal communties starting in December. 

Participants at the general and community sessions can make an oral presentation or file a written submission, or both. Oral presentations at topic-specific session must be accompanied by a written submission.

Anyone wishing to participate is encouraged to register soon, with written submissions due by November 25. To register, file a submission for the hearing sessions and schedule a presentation, contact either Panel Co-Manager:

Courtney Trevis, Panel Co-Manager

Site C Review Panel Secretariat

160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor

Ottawa ON K1A 0H3

Tel.: 613-960-0286

Toll free: 1-866-582-1884

Fax: 613-957-0935

Email: SiteCReview@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

 

Brian Murphy, Panel Co-Manager

Site C Review Panel Secretariat

2nd Floor, 836 Yates St.

PO Box 9426

Stn Prov Govt

Victoria BC V8W 9V1

Tel.: 250- 387-2402

Email: brian.murphy@gov.bc.ca 

 

When the public hearings are over, a report will be submitted to the federal Minister of the Environment and the Executive Director of the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office. A more detailed schedule of public hearings and their locations will be released later.

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