June 26, 2006

Clean Environment Commission to hold hearing on proposed groundwater supply project

WINNIPEG, MAN-Manitoba Conservation Minister Stan Struthers has asked the province's Clean Environment Commission conduct a public hearing on the Pembina Valley Water Co-operative supplemental groundwater supply system project. The Co-operative is proposing to move groundwater by pipeline from the Sandilands area to a pumping station at Morris and from there through the Co-operative's distribution network to south-central Manitoba. The purpose of the project is to alleviate water shortages during periods of drought. "Because of the number and variety of comments received by the public regarding this proposal, we want to provide a thorough environmental review process," said Struthers. The minister further indicated that participant funding support will be made available once the hearing dates are finalized. More information on the hearing (including terms of reference) and how to participate is available on the Clean Environment Commission Web site, www.cecmanitoba.ca.

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