Naikun assessment meeting next week

  • Sep. 15, 2008 6:00 a.m.

Islanders interested in the NaiKun wind farm project can find out more about the company’s upcoming environment assessment at a public meeting to be held next Tuesday in Masset. The provincial Environmental Assessment Office and the federal Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will be jointly hosting the meeting, which takes place Sept. 23 from 6 to 9 pm at the Howard Phillips Community Hall. Project assessment director Garry Alexander said both groups will make presentations explaining all aspects of the environmental assessment process, answer questions, and take public comments. The NaiKun project calls for construction of 67 to 110 wind turbines in Hecate Strait, off the northeast coast of Graham Island. The turbines would produce about 320 MW of power for the provincial electricity grid. The company has said it could also provide power to the islands through a transmission line it calls “HaidaLink”. Mr. Alexander said the terms of reference for the environmental assessment have been set, but the company has not yet started the actual assessment phase. NaiKun is planning to hold open houses in Masset and Skidegate in October to tell the public more about the project and the environmental studies it has been doing.