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Public Input Sought on Preferred Route for MB-MN Transmission Project

by pmnationtalk on January 21, 2015983 Views

January 20, 2015 – Public Open Houses will take place in February and March in communities in Southeastern Manitoba and in Winnipeg to present the preferred route for the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project.

“Based on feedback received from two previous rounds of public engagement and our ongoing environmental assessment, we have determined a preferred route that we are presenting to the public for input,” said Shannon Johnson, Manager, Transmission Licensing and Environmental Assessment, Manitoba Hydro. (see map of preferred route)

“Information and feedback gathered during the upcoming months will help to determine the final placement of the route and will contribute to the completion of the environmental impact statement,” added Johnson. “The final preferred route will be submitted this summer for regulatory approval to Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship and the National Energy Board.”

The open houses will run from 3 to 8 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

February 10 – Zhoda, Community Centre, corner of Road no. 16 & Balla Road

February 11 – Piney, Community Centre, Hwy. 89

February 12 – Winnipeg, Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Hwy.

February 17 – LaBroquerie, Arena Hall, 35 Normandeau Bay

February 24 – Ste. Anne, Seine River Banquet Centre, 80A Arena Rd.

March 4 – Headingley, Community Centre, 5353 Portage Ave.

March 5 – Oak Bluff, Recreation Centre, 101 MacDonald Rd.

March 11 – Richer, Richer Young at Heart Community Club, Dawson Rd. at Hwy. 302

March 12 – Dugald, Community Centre, 544 Holland St.

The Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project is needed to both export surplus electricity and enhance the reliability of the province’s electricity supply in emergency and drought situations. The 500-kilovolt alternating current line will originate at the Dorsey Converter Station, located near Rosser, northwest of Winnipeg, and travel south around Winnipeg. From southeast Winnipeg, the transmission line will continue south crossing the Manitoba-Minnesota border south of Piney, Manitoba, connecting to the Great Northern Transmission Line, which will be constructed by Minnesota Power.

Questions concerning the open houses and the project can be addressed to mmtp@hydro.mb.ca or the project phone line 1-877-343-1631. Visit www.hydro.mb.ca/mmtp for a map of the preferred route and additional information on the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project.

For more information, please contact:

Scott Powell – Public Affairs, Manitoba Hydro
T: 204-360-4417
spowell@hydro.mb.ca

NT3

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