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Mark Holmes, Xeneca updates Elliot Lake City Council on 2 Hydroelectric Proposals on Serpent River

Interesting to note that Mark Holmes didn’t mention that Xeneca is awaiting a decision from the Minister of the Environment on a Part II Order request made by ORA in September 2011 and ORA’s Supplement to the Part II Order request to elevate this proposal to an Individual Environmental Assessment.  Mr. Holmes also didn’t mention anything about the potential for numerous negative impacts resulting from these proposals.  ORA’s concerns are set out in our Part II Order request – above.

Also, a recent update on ORA’s Part II Order request for The Chute, Ivanhoe River proposed generating station.  The Ministry of Environment sent notice to ORA on 2 March 2012, by way of a Director’s Letter, that “the project was not planned according to the OWA Environmental Assessment Act.”   If Xeneca decides to proceed additional planning work will be required.  As far as ORA knows, this has never happened under the OWA EA before.  ORA anticipates we will soon receive a similar letter from the Minister’s office with regard to the Serpent River proposal.

Read all about Mr. Holme’s presentation made to the Elliot Lake City Council – click on the link below:

Local waterway could be powering area homes
by Kevin McSheffrey, Elliot Lake Standard – 22 February 2012
Mark Holmes, Xeneca s vice-president of corporate affairs, Xeneca wants to put two water-powered hydroelectric generation stations on the Serpent River