PR Regional District says no objection; City Council says NO!

imageIn 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.”

waterpower goat island map

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).

 

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3 Responses to PR Regional District says no objection; City Council says NO!

  1. Hi Margy, we will try to keep updated re this project. Pic Creds have been added, thanks for pointing that out.

  2. GG says:

    The Regional District is a different kettle of fish. It has consistently approved projects, any developments with little regulations in place and never takes responsibilities for its consequences. The PR Regional District is a rogue government.

  3. Margy Lutz says:

    It makes no sense to me. Water flows out of Frogpond down to Powell Lake, not Clover Lake that I know of. Even if it does, there’s not that much water to work with and the snow pack is gone from the low level mountains on Goat Island early in the season. And then the power line going across Powell Lake and through the sensitive watershed areas heading towards the crossing to Nelson Island looks monumental for such a small power source. What are they thinking? Thanks for sharing one of my pictures. – Margy

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