Environmental Assessment Office revises Section 11 order for Taylor Wind Project

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The development of a proposed wind project south of Taylor continues, as the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) reviews the proposal.

On August 25th, EFD EN Developer David Wagner wrote a letter to Project Assessment Manager Shane Ford, recommending the EAO remove ‘the bulk explosive storage facility’ and ‘a construction work camp located within the area assessed during the EA,’ as they are not required anymore.

With those recommendations, Ford sent out a letter on Monday revised the order to the following on and off site components/activities.

  • approximately 85 -147 wind turbine generators (including foundations, crane pads, towers, transformers, rotor blades and generators) with a rated capacity of up to 250 MW;
  • overhead and underground electrical cables and fibre optic cables between towers;
  • upgrades to existing access roads, onsite connector roads and water crossings, and the development of new access roads, onsite connector roads, and water crossings to Project-related components;
  • project substation;
  • permanent meteorological towers;
  • temporary portable concrete batch plant;
  • water source for concrete production and dust suppression;
  • high-voltage transmission line to connect the Project to the electrical grid;
  • off-site operations centre;
  • gravel and aggregate materials sourced within areas distributed by Project; and,
  • temporary construction laydown areas, temporary buildings and associated facilities.
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The order also was revised to state the Halfway River First Nation and Treaty 8 Tribal Association were added to the list of Treaty 8 First Nations and parties that Environmental Assessment Office will provide key information to.

It also states that the order be amended so that “McLeod Lake Indian Band is removed from the notification list under 12.1.2 to reflect their engagement in the Taylor Working Group.”

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