B.C.: UPPER LILLOOET PROJECT GETS CONDITIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL OK

     (The following press release from the Province of British Columbia, 
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INFORMATION BULLETIN 
2013ENV0001-000029 
Jan. 10, 2013  
Ministry of Environment 
Environmental Assessment Office  
Upper Lillooet Hydro project granted conditional environmental approval  
VICTORIA - Environment Minister Terry Lake and Energy, Mines and 
Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman have issued a conditional 
Environmental Assessment Certificate to Creek Power Inc. for the Upper 
Lillooet Hydro project, located in the headwaters of the Lillooet 
River, approximately 60 km northwest of Pemberton.  
The decision was made after considering the review led by British 
Columbia's Environmental Assessment Office, which concluded that the 
project is not expected to result in any significant adverse effects, 
based on the mitigation measures and conditions of the Environmental 
Assessment Certificate. A record of the factors that the ministers 
considered in making their decision can be found in the Reasons for 
Ministers' Decision at: http://ow.ly/gHKv9 
The Environmental Assessment Certificate includes 37 conditions, many 
with numerous sub-conditions, and a Certified Project Description. Each 
of the conditions is a legally binding requirement that Creek Power 
Inc. must meet to be in compliance with the certificate. It is also a 
legal requirement that the project be built and operated in accordance 
with the Certified Project Description.  
Key conditions for the Upper Lillooet Hydro project that the proponent 
must meet include: 
* Implement and maintain a minimum in-stream flow requirement for the 
North Creek, Boulder Creek and Upper Lillooet River diversion reaches. 
* Prepare and adhere to a variety of comprehensive environmental 
management and environmental protection plans. 
* Establish and maintain for the life of the project a dedicated, 
publicly available project website to ensure public awareness of 
ongoing activities and construction schedules and to ensure general 
safety in and surrounding the project area. 
* Make all monitoring reports prepared during operations available to 
the public on the project website. 
* Monitor temperature and ice conditions for the life of the project. 
* Undertake construction activities outside of identified sensitive 
periods for wildlife species. 
* Contribute to the province's regional grizzly bear monitoring program 
and participate in provincially led access management planning. 
* Develop and implement a grizzly bear management plan, and other 
wildlife management plans, as part of a broader Human-Wildlife 
Interaction Plan. 
* Develop and implement operations monitoring plans for coastal tailed 
frogs, harlequin ducks, and fish. 
* Prepare and submit proposed replacement areas for impacted old-growth 
management areas, ungulate winter ranges and red-listed ecosystems.  
Consistent with its enhanced compliance and enforcement program, the 
Environmental Assessment Office will co-ordinate compliance management 
efforts with other ministries to ensure that the office is 
independently satisfied that certificate conditions are met.  
The project consists of three run-of-river hydroelectric facilities on 
the Upper Lillooet River, Boulder Creek, and North Creek. The three 
facilities will be developed as a single hydroelectric project with a 
combined capacity of 121 megawatts. The project includes an 
approximately 72-kilometre-long, 230-kilovolt transmission line 
connecting the three facilities to BC Hydro's transmission line near 
Rutherford Creek.  
BC Hydro awarded the project three electricity purchase agreements in 
March 2010. Under the agreements, the commercial operational date is 
August 2015 for Boulder Creek, May 2016 for North Creek and June 2016 
for Upper Lillooet River.  
The estimated total capital construction costs for the project are $420 
million and the operating costs are approximately $8.4 million per 
year. The project will create an estimated 382 person-years of direct 
employment during construction.  
Creek Power Inc. is two-thirds owned by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. 
and one-third owned by Ledcor Power Group Ltd. Innergex is the managing 
partner for the project.  
British Columbia's environmental assessment process involves a 
rigorous, thorough review that provides for significant opportunities 
for First Nations, government agencies and the public to provide input 
on the potential for environmental, economic, social, heritage and 
health effects of a proposed project.  
Contact: Communications 
Ministry of Environment 
250 387-9630  
Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect 
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