In case you missed this item posted in Council Meeting Highlights on December 17th: Council approved advising the Province that the City of Powell River does not support a Crown Land Licence for an investigation of potential water power on Powell Lake’s Goat Island by a private power company. Pic Cred: Margy Lutz.
“Council approved advising the Province that the City of Powell River does not support a Crown Land Licence for Waterpower Investigative Phase for a project encompassing a 4,654 hectare area in Powell River Regional District affecting the Haslam Lang Community watershed and the Powell River Community Forest Tenure and also the City requests a referral and opportunity to comment if this project proceeds beyond the investigative phase and for any future applications that may have implications for our community watershed or community forest.” (City Council Highlights for December 17th, 2015, posted on powellriver.ca).
Russell Brewer, City Councillor and Municipal Director to Powell River Regional District brought the issue to City Council following a PRRD meeting where the application was submitted. “It is easier to get approval for subsequent phases once the investigative permit is given the okay,” he said. “Now is the time to ask questions.”
A Vancouver-based company, 1026488BC Ltd., is investigating the creation of a 2,000 megawatt pumped-storage hydroelectric project located on Goat Island in Powell Lake. The facility’s power lines would be located along the eastern shore of Haslam Lake, cutting across the City of Powell River’s Community Forest tenure. The City is concerned the Goat Lake power project could adversely affect the community’s watershed at Haslam Lake as well as the community forest.
At a November 17th, 2015 Planning Committee meeting, the Powell River Regional District recommended that the Board advise the province that the PRRD has no objection to a five-year Crown Land Licence for Waterpower Investigative Phase purposes for this area providing the applicant undertake a detailed analysis to determine the scope of the project’s footprint. (Powell River Regional District minutes, November 17, 20915).