Participant funding process postponed for Canadian hydro project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is postponing its participant funding process for the proposed Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project in British Columbia due to changes in timelines associated with the submission of the Environmental Impact Statement, the agency reported.

Bute Hydro Inc. recently indicated that additional field work and analysis would be conducted in the spring and fall of 2010 before it will be in a position to submit its environmental impact statement. In light of this new information, the timelines for the review panel process will be delayed, the CEAA reported.

The participant funding process will be re-initiated when the proponent is in a position to confirm a timeline for the submission of its environmental impact statement. At that time, an announcement will be made with the revised funding amounts and the deadline to submit applications. Current applicants will have an opportunity to revise and re-submit their applications for consideration at that time.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced in May 2009 the availability of C$250,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist groups and individuals to participate in the environmental review for the Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project.

The agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects in support of sustainable development.

Information on the Participant Funding Program, the proposed project and on the environmental assessment process is available on the agency's Web site at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Bute Hydro Inc. is proposing to construct 17 run-of-river hydroelectric facilities in the vicinity of Bute Inlet. Components in addition to the generating facilities include a substation near the mouth of Southgate River, associated access roads and transmission lines.

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