Archived - Crab Lake and Europa Creek Hydroelectric Project

Crab Lake; Europa Creek (BC)

Reasons for a Federal Assessment
Project Description
Final Decision

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Reference Number

Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry: 07-01-35873

Environmental Assessment Type


Other Assessment Process

Government of British Columbia

Responsible or Regulated Authorities

Environment Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Transport Canada

Reasons for a Federal Assessment

On December 12, 2007, it was determined that an environmental assessment was required in relation to the project because Transport Canada considered taking action in relation to paragraph 5(1)(a) of the Navigable Waters Protection Act; Environment Canada considered taking action in relation to subsection 127(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and Fisheries and Oceans Canada considered taking action in relation to subsection 35(2) of the Fisheries Act.

Project Description (as posted in the Notice of Commencement)

Kitamaat Renewable Energy Corporation (The Proponent) proposes to develop 2 run-of-river hydroelectric installations on Crab Lake & Europa Creek. The project sites are located on the west coast of British Columbia approximately 50 km and 70 km south of Kitimat. The hydroelectric installations will have a generating capacity of approximately 32 MW and 102 MW respectively. The scope of the project for the purpose of the federal EA includes those components for which Transport Canada is contemplating issuing an approval under the Navigable Waters Protection Act, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is contemplating issuing an authorization under the Fisheries Act, and Environment Canada is contemplating issuing a Disposal At Sea Permit under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. Further details on the scope will be posted once more information on the project is known.

Final Decision

On July 6, 2012, the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 came into force which replaced the former Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. As a result, there is no longer a requirement to complete the environmental assessment of this project.