A panel of British Columbia’s Environmental Appeal Board has upheld the government’s decision to issue a conditional water license for the 25-MW Cascade Heritage Power run-of-river project proposed for the Kettle River.
The case involved an appeal brought by the owner of property near the project, Gordon Planedin of Christina Lake, against the deputy comptroller of water rights and project developer Powerhouse Developments Inc. The deputy comptroller issued a license for the project Sept. 29, 2006.
The powerhouse would be built two kilometers south of Cristina Lake, at the site of an abandoned hydroelectric project. The powerhouse property is directly across from properties owned by Planedin, who said he filed the appeal to preserve Cascade Falls and the economic survival of himself and the community. Planedin also raised concerns about the environmental assessment process, which formed part of the water license application review.
The panel issued a written decision in November, finding license terms and conditions, overall, to be fair and reasonable. However, it ordered amendments specifying field work to ensure final design of the tailrace, and a post-construction monitoring plan.
The license allows Powerhouse Developments to divert water from the Kettle River at the top of Cascade Falls and to construct civil works in connection with the hydroelectric project. The project passed environmental review and subsequently was approved under B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Act.
Powerhouse Developments, a subsidiary of Sea Breeze Power Corp., said it intends to submit project power in BC Hydro’s Clean Power Call, scheduled for release in spring 2008. (HNN 9/27/07)