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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Paul Rudan, "Feds ante-up to support bands for run-of-the-river power projects," Campbell River Mirror, May 21, 2009.

[This kind of power project is very un-popular here. However, a knee-jerk response to this story and others like it will do no one any good. Details would be good. to its credit, the Mirror has included a wealth of detail--names, organizations, general locations. -jlt]

Just days after announcing a run-of-the-river power proposal will go through a comprehensive environmental review, the federal government will now provide funding to First Nations which want to buy into renewable hydro projects in B.C.

Last week, federal environment minister Jim Prentice verified that a potentially huge run-of-the-river hydroelectric project in Bute Inlet will be scrutinized later this year by the public and a federal environmental review panel.

  The Klahoose First Nation, based on Cortes Island, has already signed a partnership agreement with Plutonic Power for the construction and operation of the run-of-the-river project in Toba Inlet which is expected to start generating electricity next year.
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