British Columbia’s Integrated Land Management Bureau has authorized Hawkeye Energy Corp. to continue the permitting process for development of 33 hydro sites and a transmission line corridor.
The sites and associated transmission line corridor are about 120 kilometers north of Vancouver in the Toba Valley, Powell River, and Jervis Inlet regions, along B.C.’s southwest coast.
The Integrated Land Management Bureau granted an investigative use permit for 13,847 hectares where Hawkeye proposes to build the projects and a 150-kilometer transmission line corridor. The permit enables Hawkeye to continue advancing the projects in the provincial and federal environmental permitting process, Hawkeye President Greg Neeld said Jan. 27.
Hawkeye offered Phase 1 of a multi-billion-dollar hydroelectric complex to BC Hydro’s Clean Power Call in November. (HNN 12/4/08) The developer proposed 12 hydro projects totaling 180 MW in the Toba Valley, Powell River, and Jervis Inlet regions.
Under the investigative use permit, Hawkeye plans to continue work programs involving vegetation and wildlife studies, archaeological studies in conjunction with local First Nations, and engineering studies involving surveys, ground examination, and visual inspection. Hawkeye also plans to continue biological studies, such as fish habitat and fish sampling, and hydrology studies.