An application has been submitted for a water project on Goat Island that includes a power line extending from Goat Island across Powell Lake and down the east side of Haslam Lake, located within the Community Watershed.
The power line would continue across the Powell River Community Forest through Washout Creek, Sweetwater Creek, Blackwater Creek and Suicide Creek before going over to Lois Lake and across the Jefferd Creek Community Watershed and on towards Thunderbay, east of Scotch Fir Point. The application by 1026488 BC Ltd., was submitted to the Ministry of Lands, Forests and Natural Resources in October.
On November 3rd, 2015 the Powell River Regional District received a referral from the Province pertaining to the application for a Crown Licence, made by 1026488 BC Ltd. The application is for Waterpower Investigative Phase purposes and is for a term of up to five years.
The area under proposal is a vast area of 4,654 hectares, that extends across portions of PRRD Electoral Areas A and C. However, the power generating element is proposed to be located on Goat Island within Powell Lake using waters from Frogpond Lake and travelling to Clover Lake.
If a pumped storage project results from the work done in the investigative phase, the anticipated maximum power outage will be 2000 megawatts and have two dams, two reservoirs, a powerhouse, an intake, penstocks and transmission lines.
The Powell River Regional District made the following recommendations at their November 17th, Planning Committee meeting:
REQUEST FOR DECISION: Crown Licence, Waterpower Investigative Phase, Area A & C Recommendation:
THAT the Committee recommend the Board advise Front Counter BC that the Powell River Regional District has no objection to a 5 year Crown Land Licence for Waterpower Investigative Phase purposes being issued to 1026488 BC Ltd. over an 4,654 hectare area located over areas in Electoral Areas A and C subject to:
1. The applicant undertaking a detailed analysis to determine the project footprint (including proposed dams, reservoirs, powerhouse, intake structure, penstocks, transmission lines, road construction, staging areas for spoil) and its impact on water quality, wildlife, fish, forests, recreation, other tenure holders, slope/geotechnical stability, as well as any other impacts that could adversely affect the Haslam Lang community Watershed through which the transmission line is proposed; and,
2. The Powell River Regional District receiving a second referral and opportunity to make further recommendations if this project moves beyond an investigative phase.
As this is a provincial referral all public consultation and stakeholder engagement is the responsibility of the Province.
For complete information, and to view all seven maps concerning the proposed Waterpower Investigative Phase, visit powellriverregionaldistrict.civicweb.net