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REPORTING · 26th April 2010
Merv Ritchie
The BC Transmission Corporation (BCTC) is called the proponent for the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) and beginning tomorrow, at Dease Lake, the Environmental Assessment Review process will begin.

BCTC is proposing to construct a 335 kilometres, 287 kilovolt transmission line between Terrace and Bob Quinn Lake, which is approximately 100 km south of Iskut and 150 km north on Meziadin Junction, the turn off to Stewart. A new substation will be constructed at Bob Quinn.

There are numerous identified mineral deposits west of Bob Quinn and the mineral/mining community is looking forward to being able to use this power to advance the development of these properties. This will also reduce the reliance on diesel to fuel power plants for the construction camps and site plant facilities. There are numerous small scale high head run of river projects planned along this route as well.

BCTC needs to complete the environmental assessment application and this entails a public consultation period which will continue until June 10, 2010. The BC Environmental Assessment office is hosting the meetings and BCTC is encouraging the public to come to one of the three open houses, the first of which is in Dease Lake tomorrow.

The two others are in Smithers at Hudson Bay Lodge on Wednesday and in Terrace at the Coast Inn of the West on Thursday. All of these take place between 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm.