According to an environmental assessment bulletin released by the provincial government, a component study submitted by Nalcor Energy regarding the Labrador-Island Transmission Link is deemed acceptable.
“Following public, Aboriginal and governmental review, the Socioeconomic: Aboriginal Communities and Land Use Component Study is acceptable,” the bulletin states.
The component study was submitted on Aug. 16, 2011, with additional information submitted on Aug. 8, 2012.
Meantime, government is reviewing a proposal by Nalcor for construction of a Muskrat Falls south side access road extension.
“The proponent proposes to construct a 5.5 kilometre extension to the south side access road to the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility work site,” the bulletin reads.
“The proposed access road will intersect the Trans Labrador Highway approximately two kilometres south of Blackrock Bridge on the Churchill River. The road will be used for permanent access to the hydroelectric generating facility.”
Construction of the road is scheduled to commence in mid-April and will take approximately six weeks to complete.
The undertaking was registered on Feb. 19, 2013.
The deadline for public comments is April 3 and the minister’s decision is due by April 5.