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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
* 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
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.
Ministry of Environment
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