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Manitoba BiPole III Review Flawed 23 March 12

transmission_tower Manitoba Wildlands filed review comments about Manitoba Hydro's environmental statement for the contentious BiPole III transmission project. The proposed corridor and transmission system will be a 500 kv high-voltage direct current system to move power from northern dams to a converter station south east of Winnipeg.

Concerns about large mammals, especially woodland caribou, elk, and moose arise from the utility's first filing. Seven woodland caribou herds are located in the study area, with greater risks for four herds. Due to decline in population and years of public concern, Manitoba closed the moose hunt in 2011. Recently the government announced the moose population, in regions where the BiPole III will be built, has stabilized.

Manitoba Hydro was allowed to define the project area, study area, and local study area so it can pick information to use, including to self assess impacts. Access to first filing materials is inadequate, with many improvements needed in the supplemental filing.

View March 16, 2012 Manitoba Wildlands BiPole III Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Comments (PDF)
View March 2012 Manitoba Wildlands BiPole III EIS Comments Attachment list and materials (PDF)
View March 31, 2010 Manitoba Wildlands BiPole III Scoping Document Comments (PDF)
View March 31, 2010 Manitoba Wildlands BiPole III Scoping Documents Comments List of References and Materials (PDF)
View Manitoba Hydro BiPole III Transmission Project Environmental Impact Statement
View Manitoba Conservation Online Public Registry files - Manitoba Hydro BiPole III Transmission Project, file #5433/00
View Manitoba Wildlands BiPole III page
Sources: Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Wildlands
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