Hearings set for Canada’s 1,550-MW Romaine complex

An environmental panel has scheduled public hearings in December to review the 1,550-MW Romaine hydroelectric complex proposed for Quebec’s Lower North Shore Region.

Environmental officials previously named the three-member panel to review the project, proposed by Hydro-Quebec for the Romaine River. (HNN 9/23/08) Michel Germain, Environmental Public Hearings Bureau commissioner, is panel chairman.

The C$6.5 billion (US$5.2 billion) project features four powerhouses: 270-MW Romaine 1; 640-MW Romaine 2; 395-MW Romaine 3; and 245-MW Romaine 4. It also includes new reservoirs and a 160-kilometer access road.

The hearings are being organized for persons, municipalities, organizations, and groups to express views. The first session is planned Dec. 1 in Mingan, Quebec, followed by hearings Dec. 2 in Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec, and Dec. 9 in Sept-Iles, Quebec.

The panel will consider participants’ comments before writing a report that must be submitted to federal and Quebec government officials by Feb. 27, 2009.

Written briefs identifying the project must be sent to the Environmental Public Hearings Bureau by Nov. 27. Additional information about how to participate in the hearings is available in the �What’s New� section of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency website www.ceaa.gc.ca.

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