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REPORTING · 2nd March 2010
Merv Ritchie
On page 5 of the Budget summary, introduced today and read by Finance Minister Colin Hansen, we find a reference to the Northwest Transmission LIne.

$400 Million has been set aside for energy transmission and the NTL is specifically mentioned. The text, under 'Accelerated Infrastructure Plan Continues' states;

Budget 2010 continues government's commitment to it's accelerated infrastructure spending plan in order to keep British Columbia working and to help stimulate the economy.

Since October 2008,$ 5.3 billion has committed to accelerated infrastructure investments across British Columbia, an increase of $1.9 billion from $3.4 billion at September Update 2009.

In the associated chart the Finance Minister detailed $400 Million for Energy Transmission.

New projects include investments and housing renovations, communities, the Northwest Transmission Line, highway rehabilitation, upgrades to the Royal BC Museum, the Klemtu Ferry Terminal, and the MacKenzie Connector.

It appears the money is on the table to proceed with this badly needed project.

The days to come will prove to provide more details, from both the government and the opposition. Once the budget is passed the government will be able to proceed with its initiatives.

Read the entire budget and associated charts and displays HERE.
Comment by les watmough on 22nd March 2010
It is nice to see some comment on the NTL but what are the details? Is this Government still seeking a "partner", a "Partner" to soak up and disappear with the profits? There was a company in this province called BC Hydro Is the project in their budget? They should be doing this project not some " partner" BC Hydro was neutered by the Liberal government as soon as they got into power. Legislation now forbids BC Hydro from building any power plants wind farms or what ever. Beware, watch your Hydro bills climb. Les
And for the big picture...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 2nd March 2010
...try this link:
Comment by Adam Kirkwood on 2nd March 2010
finally. That makes three good news announcements in the last two weeks. Shame on me for saying so, but