DCAT: Consultation and approvals
Community open houses
See the storyboards that were created for the public open houses we held on February 2011.
First Nations consultation
We continue to consult with First Nations to ensure aboriginal rights and title are identified and respected. We want to ensure that any adverse impacts of the project are mitigated.
Carolyn Stock, DCAT Aboriginal relations coordinator
Regulatory approval granted
The British Columbia Utilities Commission granted the DCAT project a certificate of public convenience and necessity [PDF, 139 kB] on April 25, 2013. BC Hydro has obtained the permits and agreements needed to build the project, and construction is now underway.
DCAT did not require assessment under either the B.C. Environmental Assessment Act or the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. However, field studies were conducted along the project route. These included archaeological, fish, wildlife, vegetation and geotechnical studies.
This work helped us take practical measures to avoid or minimize impacts in designing the line. Construction is taking place under an environmental management plan.