Manitoba Wildlands

Manitoba Wildlands

November 29, 2006 15:31 ET

Hydro Licence Appeals to be heard by Cabinet

The Manitoba Government is taking new steps in its handling of appeals of the Wuskwatim Generating Station environmental licence. The licence appeals under Manitoba’s Environment Act will be heard by

Attention: Environment Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Science Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor WINNIPEG/MANITOBA/HYDRO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 29, 2006) - The Manitoba Government is taking new steps in its handling of appeals of the Wuskwatim Generating Station environmental licence. The licence appeals under Manitoba's Environment Act will be heard by Cabinet.

Two appeals of the Generating Station licence were filed August 2, 2006, from Manitoba Wildlands, represented by director Gaile Whelan Enns, and from Trapline 18, represented by Greg McIvor. The appeals are based on issues consistently raised during The Environment Act review of the Wuskwatim projects and during the 2004 Clean Environment Commission (CEC) public hearings for the projects.

"The news Cabinet would be hearing these appeals was a surprise and we feel it is important the public know that these appeals are unfolding," said Manitoba Wildlands Director Gaile Whelan Enns. "We have, however, had concerns about procedural and administrative fairness throughout this process. We also think Manitoba Hydro should disclose information requested since 2003."

Greg McIvor, who speaks for Trapline 18, explained the basis of their appeal: "We spent time and money for four years to have the damage from existing hydro development and potential damage from the Wuskwatim project to our trapline acknowledged. Our Appeal submission asks for accountability of the Governments for hydro development, fairness, honesty and respect for Trap Line 18. It also asks Cabinet to order disclosure of relevant up-to-date facts, not disclosed at the CEC hearings, which are in the possession and control of Manitoba Hydro. Then the Government must order a 'public CEC hearing' to correct the wrongs of the first process. "

David Newman is legal counsel for Trapline 18 and a former minister in Manitoba's cabinet responsible for Manitoba Hydro.

For further information regarding the content of the Appeals to Cabinet submission and relief sought please contact Greg McIvor at 771-1636 or David G. Newman Q.C., PITBLADO, LLP at 956-3521. At Manitoba Wildlands contact Gaile Whelan Enns 981-3783 (no voice mail).

For documents, view the Manitoba Wildlands November 29, 2006 news item:
http://www.manitobawildlands.org/news_item.asp?number=694
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204-947-3400
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Contact Information

  • Gaile Whelan-Enns, Director, Manitoba Wildlands
    Primary Phone: 204-947-3400
    Secondary Phone: 204-981-3783