January 30, 2006

Eastmain, Rupert diversion project hearings schedules

QUEBEC CITY, QUE-Public hearings on the social and environmental impacts of the Eastmain-1-A and Rupert diversion project and its acceptability are scheduled to begin on March 15, 2006. The public hearings will give interested individuals and organizations the opportunity to better understand the project and its consequences and to share their analyses and views with the review bodies. The purpose of these hearings is to allow the review bodies, Quebec's Provincial Review Committee (COMEX) and the Federal Review Panel, to receive the public's opinions and comments directly concerning this project, its impacts and issues raised by the Impact Statement submitted by the proponent. The hearings will also give the proponent an opportunity to present the project and to offer clarifying information as required. The hearings will focus on the proponent's impact statement and its subsequent responses to the requests for additional information from the review bodies. The public hearings will be held: March 15 in Mistissini; March 21 in Nemaska; March 28 in Waskaganish; April 4 in Eastmain; April 11 in Wemindji; April 19 in Chisasibi; and April 25 in Chibougamau. A further series of meetings will take place in Montreal May 1 through 5; these will include general sessions and theme sessions addressing fish and other biophysical aspects; the James Bay and Hudson Bay region; and health and other social aspects. More information is available from Federal Review Panel manager Eric Giroux, 418/649-6442, FAX 418/649-6443, E-mail eric.giroux@acee-ceaa.gc.ca, or from COMEX secretary Michael O'Neill, 418) 521-3933, ext 7255, FAX 418/646-0266, E-mail michael.oneill@mddep.gouv.qc.ca.

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