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Canada initiates assessment for 42-MW Elizabeth Falls

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are conducting an environmental assessment of the 42-MW Elizabeth Falls hydroelectric project proposed for northern Saskatchewan.

Black Lake First Nation proposes to build and operate the new generating station at a site on the Fond du Lac River between Black Lake and Middle Lake.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act requires an environmental assessment because Indian and Northern Affairs Canada might provide federal lands for the project, and because Fisheries and Oceans Canada might be required to issue a permit or license under the Fisheries Act.

Natural Resources Canada and Transport Canada also are participating in the study, because they also could be required to conduct an environmental assessment of the project.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is the federal coordinator of the environmental assessment, which began in March. The project also is being assessed by the government of Saskatchewan. Elizabeth Falls is listed in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, reference number 06-03-18189.

A federal-provincial project administration team is in the process of completing a �terms of reference� document that will detail the scope of the environmental assessment, and the information that federal and provincial reviewers will require. The document will be released for public review.

Project liaison for Elizabeth Falls is Bruce Simms, Manager, BLFN Economic Development Corp., (1) 306-651-2235; Fax: (1) 306-651-2236; E-mail: bruce.simms@sasktel.net.

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