Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation to participate in Tazi Twe hydropower project environmental studies

Fond du Lac River

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has allocated about US$50,000 to the Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation for its participation in federal environmental assessments of the proposed Tazi Twe hydroelectric project.

The money -- provided under CEAA's Participant Funding Program -- will allow the Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation to take part in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment, which include reviewing and providing comments on its Environmental Impact Statement and draft Environmental Assessment Report.

HydroWorld.com reported CEAA sought expressions of interest in the program in May.

The program is used by CEAA to ensure individuals, non-profit organizations and aboriginal groups are represented during the federal review process. The

The 42- to 50-MW Tazi Twe plant is being developed by the Black Lake First Nation and Saskatchewan Power Corporation along Saskatchewan's Fond du Lac River at Elizabeth Falls. The project would include the construction and operation of a water intake, power tunnel, powerhouse, tailrace, submerged weir, construction camp, bridge and access roads.

If permitted to proceed to the next phase of development, CEAA said it "will continue to be subject to Canada's strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up and increased fines."

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