NTL: Consultation and approvals

Image of workers and tower on Northwest Transmission Line Project

Public open houses

Between spring 2007 and April 2010, four sets of public open houses were held on the NTL project. View the storyboards in the information centre.

Nisga'a Nation

The NTL passes through the Nass Wildlife Area, the Nass Area, and Nisga’a lands, which are under the jurisdiction of the Nisga’a Lisims Government (NLG).

We continue to consult with NLG to ensure that potential impacts to the lands are understood, that the NTL adheres to all NLG requirements, and that the NTL complies with the Nisga’a Final Agreement. BC Hydro also entered into a benefit agreement that will provide the Nisga'a Nation with financial, contracting and other benefits related to the construction and operation of the NTL.

First Nations

We are consulting with a number of First Nations to ensure aboriginal rights and title are identified and respected:

  • Tahltan Nation as represented by the Tahltan Central Council
  • Gitxsan Wilp:
    • Tenim Gyet
    • Wii Hlengwax
    • Lelt
  • Kitsumkalum First Nation
  • Skii km Lax Ha
  • Gitanyow Wilp:
    • Wii Litsxw
    • Malii
    • Gamlakyeltxw
    • Watakhayetswx
  • Kitselas First Nation
  • Metlakatla First Nation
  • Lax Kw'alaams Indian Band

BC Hydro entered into an impact benefit agreement with each of these First Nations. The intent of these agreements is to address impacts upon the traditional territory claimed by the First Nation and to assist the Nation with economic opportunities they wish to pursue.

For more information, please contact:

Jeremy Higham

NTL Aboriginal Consultation Manager


Environmental assessment

In February 2011, the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) received an Environmental Assessment Certificate [PDF, 135 kB] from the BC Environmental Assessment Office.

Three months later, in May, the project received environmental approval from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

The assessment process studied a wide range of biological, physical, and cultural factors, including:

  • Aquatic species and habitat
  • Terrestrial ecosystems, vegetation and wildlife
  • Land use and socio-economic/socio-community conditions
  • Forestry
  • Visual landscape and recreational resources
  • First Nations traditional knowledge, use and related Aboriginal interests
  • Heritage and archaeological resources
  • Public health and safety
  • Geotechnical and natural hazards