Northwest Power Line Coalition

January 29, 2010 12:45 ET

Northwest Power Line Coalition Applauds BCTC Submission to BC Environmental Assessment Office

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire – Jan. 29, 2010) – The Northwest Power Line Coalition welcomed the submission by the British Columbia Transmission Corporation (BCTC) of the Northwest Power Line project to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office.

"This is a huge move forward," said Coalition Co-Chair Janine North. "It means that the electrification of Highway 37 in northwest British Columbia is one large step closer to construction and eventual operation. We applaud BCTC for its timely work on this critical piece of northern infrastructure."

The Northwest Power Line proposal will result in a 287 kilovolt transmission line from the City of Terrace to Bob Quinn along Highway 37. The power line will provide electricity to a part of British Columbia that has previously relied on diesel and small-scale hydroelectricity for energy needs.

"We look forward to working with and supporting BCTC in this process," added Coalition Co-Chair Elmer Derrick, Hereditary Gitxsan Chief. "We are confident that the needs, concerns and questions of those impacted by this power line will be met through the environmental assessment."

The Northwest Power Line Coalition estimates the electrification of Highway 37 could result in the eventual creation of over 10,000 jobs and up to $15 billion in investment in the region.

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