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Keeyask Generation Project • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Environmental Assessment Process Tracey Braun, M. Sc. Director, Environmental Approvals Branch Conservation and Water Stewardship October 21, 2013. Legislation

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Keeyask Generation Project

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Environmental Assessment Process

Tracey Braun, M. Sc.

Director, Environmental Approvals Branch

Conservation and Water Stewardship

October 21, 2013

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Legislation

  • Environmental assessment and licensing are regulated by The Environment Act.
  • Classes of Development Regulation:
    • Keeyask Generation Project = electrical generating facilities > 100 megawatts
    • Class 3 Development
    • Section 12 of The Environment Act
    • Ministerial Decision

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Regulatory Process

  • Proposal filed December 9, 2011, by the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership (the Partnership).
  • The proposal was accompanied by an Environmental Assessment Scoping Document.
  • Advertised for public review (jointly with feds):
    • online; and,
    • in newspapers in Winnipeg and Thompson
  • The Bipole III project is an electrical transmission line with a capacity of 500 kilovolts, and includes transformer stations of the same capacity at each end of the project.

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Regulatory Process

  • Copies of the proposal and the scoping document were placed in public registries in Winnipeg, Thompson and the project area.
  • Public comments invited to January 31, 2012.
  • Copies of both documents were provided to members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for review, with the same requested date for comments.
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Regulatory Process

  • Public and TAC comments on the Environmental Assessment Scoping Document were provided to the Partnership.
  • The Scoping Document was deemed equivalent to Guidelines for the Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) because it had the same content and review process.
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Federal Regulatory Process

    • Proposal advertised jointly with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA).
    • Comprehensive Study Report (CSR), not a panel review
    • All project information requested and received through the federal and provincial processes has been shared.
    • Parallel processes where possible
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Environmental Assessment Process

  • The EIS was filed on July 6, 2012.
  • It was placed in the public registries and advertised for public review in Winnipeg and northern Manitoba newspapers between July 14 – 21, 2012.
  • Comments were invited to September 20, 2012.
  • The EIS was circulated to TAC members for review, with the same requested date for comments.
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Environmental Assessment Process

  • Following the receipt of public and TAC comments on the EIS, additional information was requested.
    • Iterative Information Request (IR) Process
    • Parallel CEC IR Process
  • Requested information items to address provincial requirements were filed on November 19, 2012 and April 26, 2013.
  • Additional information was provided subsequently to address federal requirements (Edmonton).
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Environmental Assessment Process

  • The CEC was advised on June 26, 2013 that the Environmental Approvals Branch supported proceeding with public hearings.
  • Hearings commenced in September (northern locations) and resume in Winnipeg October 21st.
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Material Available for the Hearing

  • The Partnership’s project description, EIS and additional information for the project are available at
  • http://keeyask.com/wp/the-project/environmental-assessment-process/eis
  • Additional material on the provincial and federal environmental assessment for the project, and links to the Partnership’s material, is available on the Environmental Approvals Branch webpage at
  • http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/eal/registries/5550keeyask/
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Next Steps

  • The Environmental Approvals Branch looks forward to hearing public comments on the project during the hearings.
  • The Branch also looks forward to the Commission’s recommendations to the Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship following the hearing.
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