The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission recently completed the Keeyask public hearings on January 9, 2014. The hearings first began on September 24, 2013 in Gillam, Manitoba. The hearings were held in Gillam, Bird, York Landing, Thompson, Split Lake, Cross Lake, and Winnipeg.
There were many presenters who spoke on behalf of registered participants, citizen groups, and the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership. Chief Louisa Constant, Ted Bland, Martina Saunders, and Brad Regehr (York Factory legal counsel) spoke on behalf of YFFN, who is a co-proponent of the Keeyask Project.
The Chair and four members of the Keeyask Clean Environment Commission will now review the evidence and information presented to them before and during the hearings. These materials include presentations, written submissions, and questions asked and answered before and during the hearings. These materials are available online at www.cecmanitoba.ca/hearings/
The Clean Environment Commission will submit a report to the Minister of Conservation within 90 days of the completion of the hearings (beginning of April 2014). The report will provide recommendations to the Minister whether the Commission thinks the project should be granted a license, and if so, what conditions the license might contain. The report will be publically available.