Ontario Power, Lac Seul nation advance hydro agreement

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the Lac Seul First Nation have signed an agreement resolving past effects of hydro development on the Lac Seul territory and paving the way for additional hydropower.

The settlement addresses effects of the Root River diversion project and 18.5-MW Ear Falls and 65-MW Manitou Falls generating stations, built on the English River between 1930 and 1958. The plants are among 10 in Ontario Power’s 661-MW Northwest Plant Group.

�This agreement is a model to facilitate the construction of new, clean, renewable hydropower through a partnership between OPG and the Lac Seul First Nation,� OPG Executive Vice President John Murphy said.

OPG is developing the Lac Seul project, adding a 12.5-MW generating unit to the Ear Falls hydro plant. Water levels on the lake and below the station are to be unchanged upon completion of the project.

�Our people support the work that is being done by OPG to add additional generation at the Lac Seul site,� Chief Clifford Bull said. �In the future, we want to build a commercial relationship with OPG in which our people can benefit from projects on our traditional lands.�

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