Plutonic Power Corporation Inc. partially paid for a government study assessing Toba Inlet's grizzly bear population. And now the environment ministry is putting the finishing touches on that project, Public Eye has learned. Plutonic contributed $200,000 toward that project in fiscal 2008/09 to fund the collection of grizzly hair samples. And now the government is paying out an additional $47,000 to Wildlife Genetics International Inc., which will do DNA analysis of those samples and "estimate the abundance, density and distribution" of grizzlies in the inlet. A government spokesperson stated the study is meant to "get results on a base population estimate in the area that (the ministry) can use to compare to future estimates." Plutonic is presently constructing its flagship independent power project in the Toba Valley.
August 31, 2009