Environmental groups have prepared six recommendations on how clean electricity can be responsibly developed in British Columbia. The recommendations are included in a five-page document that was drafted by the David Suzuki Foundation, the Pembina Institute, Watershed Watch Salmon Society and West Coast Environmental Law. Broadly speaking, Public Eye has learned the groups will suggest strengthening the environmental assessment process and reforming water licensing and land leasing systems, as well as introducing a planning framework for new electricity generation projects that limits their environmental, social and economic impacts. They'll also stress the need for public discussion about the terms and conditions under which renewable energy can be exported. The document is expected to be publicly released tomorrow amidst a backdrop that includes the provincial government's green energy advisory task force soliciting opinions on the future of clean power in British Columbia.
December 14, 2009