NEWS RELEASE · 24th February 2011
MP Nathan Cullen - Smithers
A major infrastructure project with the potential to re-energize the Northwest is one step closer to reality with yesterday’s granting of a Provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate to the Northwest Transmission Line, a development applauded by MP Nathan Cullen.
“This is an important step towards kick-starting our regional economy,” said Cullen, who also serves as the NDP’s national natural resources and energy critic.
“The Northwest Transmission Line is the key to unlocking the resource potential of the Northwest and will lay the groundwork for greener communities and sustainable mining jobs for years to come.”
Cullen noted that the project will end the dependency of remote communities and mines on expensive and polluting diesel generators, while also opening the way to new green power projects.
“Many communities have worked very hard to bring the project to where it is today. They deserve congratulations for their vision and perseverance.”
“BC Hydro must continue to consult with First Nations and ensure accommodation for impacts on their traditional lands,” said Cullen. “As long as we get it right, this project will be a huge boon to our region.”
The project still requires federal environmental approval but the decision will be based on the same technical work conducted by the provincial authorities.
“I will be working with my colleagues in Ottawa to ensure a timely decision on the environmental assessment,” said Cullen.