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.