Heartland Transmission Project community hearing session dates set

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Edmonton – The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) announced Tuesday it had set dates and times for community hearing sessions as part of its enhanced public hearing process for the Heartland Transmission Project (HTP) application.

Evening sessions have been selected for Morinville, Bon Accord, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park and South Edmonton. The Morinville session will take place Apr. 21 at 7 p.m. at the St. Jean Baptiste Hall. Bon Accord’s session will be held Apr. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Bon Accord Community Hall.

“The three-member Commission panel, hearing the Heartland application, will come to six different community locations in the evenings near both the proponents’ preferred and alternate routes,” said AUC Director of External Affairs Jim Law in a release Tuesday. “The Commission is ensuring a convenient option is available for those who do not want to, or cannot attend the full formal public hearing to still make a brief submission directly to the panel.”

Anyone choosing to participate in the evening sessions to be held in Morinville, bon Accord and other locations are required by the AUC to register for one of the sessions by Feb. 28.

Those whom the Commission considers may be directly and adversely impacted by its decision on the Heartland Transmission Project application may participate in the formal public hearing set to begin Apr. 11 in Edmonton.

The proponents of the HTP application are seeking approval from the AUC to construct and operate a 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, along with associated facilities, connecting the 500-kV transmission system on the south side of Edmonton to a proposed substation north of the city. The applicants are AltaLink L.P. and EPCOR Distribution & Transmission Inc.

Further information on the application and registering for the Morinville and Bon Accord sessions can be found at www.auc.ab.ca.

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