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Energy for Export and the Romaine River Hydroelectric Complex in Québec

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

The Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environment du Québec (BAPE) will soon begin Phase II of its public consultations on the Romaine Hydroelectric Complex Project. Located in the Lower North Coast of Québec, the Romaine River flows 300 km from the border with Labrador to the St. Lawrence Seaway. Hydro-Québec is a public utility, and the [...]

New York Public Radio Looks at Environmental Cost and Cultural Impact of Rupert River Diversion

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

North Country Public Radio (Canton, NY) aired a radio series this week titled “Hydro Power in Cree Country.” The six part series includes interviews with Nemaska Chief Jose Jemekin, Hydro Quebec and Sierra Club representatives, audio postcard from Wakwayokastic River, 1992 interview with Ogdensburg librarian Nicholas Smith, news story about high power transmissions lines in [...]

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Fox Lake Cree Nation Sign Agreement with Manitoba Hydro on Planning and Consultation For Conawapa Generating Station

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Located 90 km downstream of Gillam on the Nelson River in northern Manitoba, the proposed Conawapa Generating Station aims to be the largest hydroelectric project in Manitoba. The area has already seen the impact of 40 years of hydro development, and outstanding community and environmental concerns at the Fox Lake Cree Nation were finally addressed [...]

Change of Plans for Press Conference on Rupert River Diversion

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Quebec Premier Charest holds press conference at Hydro Quebec headquarters announcing the beginning of construction on the Rupert River diversion project. Originally scheduled for the Cree community of Waskaganish at the mouth of the Rupert River, the CBC and the Globe and Mail report a last minute change of venue to avoid likely protests of [...]

Cree Response Highlights Problems with Jobs Program and Environmental Assessment Report

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

The Grand Council of the Crees, Eeyou Istchee, cites concerns over permit process for EM 1-A Rupert River Diversion Project. The environmental assessment report was submitted in early December to little public comment or fanfare, and quickly approved by Quebec and Federal governments. The CBC reports that federal Labour Minister, Jean-Pierre Blackburn, advised Harper to [...]

Harper Approves Rupert River Diversion in Northern Quebec

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Harper feels time is right for hydro development diverting Rupert River in northern Quebec. The federal government approves development deal that will bring 843 megawatts a day to Quebec’s power grid (or 2.8% of Quebec’s current energy requirements). “This project is too important for first nations [sic], the province of Quebec and for Canada,” said [...]

Cree Opposition to Rupert River Diversion Project in Northern Quebec

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Three James Bay Cree communities most affected by the Eastmain 1A-Rupert Diversion have voted to oppose the project. The diversion of the historic and free-flowing Rupert River, one of the largest rivers in Quebec, will impact 165 lakes, five rivers, and flood over 1,000 square kilometers of old growth boreal forest in the James Bay [...]