Now is the time to participate in the EA process!

Next week, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) will be starting public open houses on the Environmental Assessment on Site C (EA).  We need as many people as possible to attend these open houses and show your support to stop this project!  Following is the open house schedule which runs this coming week as well as the next:

(from: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=55114 )

Public Open House Sessions

The Agency and the EAO will be holding open house sessions during the public comment period. The objective of the sessions is to provide information on the EIS Guidelines and to inform the public of the environmental assessment process and how the public can participate. The public will also have an opportunity to submit written comments on the Guidelines at the sessions. Representatives of both agencies will be available to answer questions. The proponent, BC Hydro, will also attend the sessions to answer technical questions about the project. The open house sessions will be held in the following communities near the project area:

Date /Time Location
Tuesday
May 1, 2012
3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
North Peace Cultural Centre
10015 – 100th Ave.
Fort St. John, BC
Wednesday
May 2, 2012
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hudson’s Hope Community Hall
10310 – 100th St,
Hudson’s Hope, BC
Thursday
May 3, 2012
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pomeroy Inn & Suites
5200 North Access Road
Chetwynd, BC
Tuesday
May 8, 2012
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre
9510-100th Street
Peace River, AB
Wednesday
May 9, 2012
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Best Western Dawson Creek
500 Highway #2
Dawson Creek, BC
Thursday
May 10, 2012
3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Prince George Ramada
444 George Street
Prince George, BC

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In case you are wondering, this is the environmental assessment (EA) stream of consultation, as opposed to the BC Hydro stream of consultation which was held in this region over the past couple of weeks.  It is important that as many people as possible attend these sessions and voice their concerns through any public consultation opportunity.

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For your information and use, following are some of the main concerns that PVEA has identified with regard to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines (EIS):

– it is important that the EIS guidelines establish spatial boundaries that take into consideration the extensive habitat ranges of large mammals and also allow for adequate consideration of cumulative impacts, which will extend far beyond the immediate project area

– the EIS should be guided by the basic principles of environmental assessment, including:  sustainable development, the precautionary approach, the use of environmental assessment as a planning tool, meaningful public participation, the use of traditional and local knowledge, and the transparent and justified use of existing information.

– The ‘Need For’ the project (Sect.4) should be determined in light of the principle of sustainable development and the context of local communities and other affected groups.

– the ‘Alternatives to’ the project (Sect.4) should include a ‘no go’ option.

– in the consideration of  the ‘Alternatives to’ section of the document (Sect. 4) – inclusion of social, heritage and health as environmental attributes and of local and regional economies as economic attributes

– the ‘Cumulative Effects’ of the project (Sect. 8.5.3) and all references to ‘temporal boundaries’ (found in Sect. 8.5.3 and throughout the EIS) should consider components already in place such as transmission lines and other industrial development in the vicinity as well as past hydroelectric generation projects on the Peace River.

loss of ALR lands and resulting impact on regional food security and socio-economics

– request that micro-climate and biodiversity be added as valued components

– Sect. 5, Project Benefits – the project is supposed to take into consideration its effect on sustainable development, given this it is important to consider how this hydro project will impact overall sustainable development in the province.  For example, given that it has been repeatedly stated by the provincial Liberal party that the energy from Site C will be used to power LNG plants in Kitimat – one must consider:

– The potential for electricity from the Project to be used for the extraction, transportation, liquefaction, manufacturing, or combustion of fossil fuels resulting in increases in greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental effects

Additionally, one must consider:

The potential for the Project to displace alternative sources of electricity supply or economically discourage electricity conservation that would have lower emissions of greenhouse gases or lower overall adverse environmental effects
If you require further details about the comments provided above, please visit this link on our website:  https://keepingthepeace.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/detailed-background-on-pveas-concerns-on-draft-eis-guidelines/

Written comments:

Written comments will be accepted as of April 17, 2012 and must be received by June 1, 2012. All comments will be considered public and will be posted on the Agency online public registry and on the EAO website. Forward written comments in the official language of your choice to either of the following:


Here is the direct link to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines:
  http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=55123

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