A solicitation from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will determine whether an assessment will be required for the proposed 330-MW Amisk hydropower project in northwestern Alberta.
The project is being developed by Calgary-based AHP Development Corp. along the Peace River and would include the construction and operation of a powerhouse, spillway, headpond, fish passage, boat passage, transmission line and substation, and all related infrastructure.
CEAA said it will rely on public comments regarding Amisk's potential for causing adverse environmental effects in deciding whether or not it will conduct an environmental assessment.
Comments must be submitted before Nov. 16, 2015, to:
Amisk Hydroelectric Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
9700 Jasper Ave., Suite 1145
Edmonton, AB T5J 4C3
Should the agency ultimately decided to perform the assessment as part of other federal and provincial regulatory approvals, the public will be given additional periods to comment on the proposal.
Amisk would be the fourth hydropower project on the Peace River. Already in existence along the river's British Columbia portion are the 700-MW Peace Canyon and 2,730-MW G.M. Shrum facilities. Also in development on British Columbia's segment of the Peace River is the 1,100-MW Site C plant.