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PUB grants intervener status in Keeyask, Conawapa hearings

The Public Utilities Board came out with the list today of who has been granted intervener status into the upcoming special hearing for Manitoba Hydro’s plans to build the Keeyask and Conawapa generating stations.

The PUB said in an order released today its intention is to reduce duplication in the Needs For and Alternatives To (NFAT) review.

"The board will not permit duplication of evidence and process on the same issue," it said. "Therefore, interveners will be required to collaborate with each other on common issues."

Intervener status was granted to the Consumers' Association of Canada (Manitoba Branch), Green Action Centre, Manitoba Industrial Power Users Group, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. and the Manitoba Métis Federation.

Intervener status was not granted to Peguis First Nation, The Pimicikamak at Cross Lake; Kaweechiwasik Inninuwuk at York Landing and the Manitoba Public Interest Research Group.

The PUB said in denying the four applications it noted that many of the issues raised by the four applicants were out of scope or duplicating of issues raised by other, larger umbrella groups better positioned to advance such issues at the hearing.

"The board will not approve funding for duplication of expert evidence and retention of consultants on common issues," it said.

The board also noted that while three of the four applicants denied intervener status are aboriginal groups, status was given to MKO, an umbrella aboriginal group that has been in existence for 32 years as a non-profit advocacy organization representing approximately 65,000 Treaty First Nation citizens in Northern Manitoba.

"MKO is well positioned to represent the interests of First Nations in the NFAT Review," the PUB said.

The PUB also said four applicants could participate in the hearing — dates have not been set — if they seek a coalition with other approved interveners.

"In such coalition arrangements, each party to the coalition will be provided with an opportunity to advance their own separate final submissions to the board, if they choose, so that the board will hear their individual perspectives," the PUB said.

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Updated on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM CDT: corrects typo in headline

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