Proposed Black Lake Hydro Project Suffers Setback

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 14:44



The chief of the Black Lake First Nation says he’s planning to hold a second referendum on the future of a proposed hydroelectric project near the community.


Freddy Throassie says, if approved, the Elizabeth Falls project would see the construction of a 42-megawatt turbine-style dam approximately 10 kms east of the reserve.


He says efforts to win a 51 per cent approval rating from band membership fell short by 27 votes in a referendum held on July 5th.


He hopes to receive mail-in ballots from band members in other parts of the country so that the project can be given the green light.


A date for the second referendum still has to be set.