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Keeyask: "cumulative effects within regionally acceptable range"

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A quick update on what the province's Clean Environment Commission recently heard on Manitoba Hydro's Keeyask generating station project.

The CEC is currently weighing recommending the province grant an environment licence for the new northern dam. Public hearings are now skedded to go into the week of Dec. 9.

Last July the CEC slammed Manitoba Hydro for its shoddy environmental impact study for the Bipole III transmission line project. The CEC still recommended the province issue a licence for the project, but added it wanted a more detailed study into what the cumulative impact has been on the Nelson River from hydro development going back to the 1960s.

The CEC wanted that study before it considered the licensing of any additional projects, including the estimated $6.2-billion Keeyask project.

Prior to the CEC starting its hearing on Keeyask this fall a number of groups, including environment group Manitoba Wildlands, argued the CEC should live up to its own words and delay the hearing until a such a cumulative impact study is done.

It didn't happen.

What has happened is that the CEC panel has recently heard from a private consultant on the impact of the Keeyask project on the land and its wildlife.

The 160-page report is on the CEC's website.

It's a big report and depending on your computer takes a while to load.

Manitoba Wildlands says pages 33-38, 41-47 and 56-62 touch on cumulative effects.

 

 

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About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen

Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.

Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.

At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.

Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.

He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.

Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.

In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.

You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.

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