The consultations of the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (“BAPE”) with citizens, groups or municipalities with respect to the proposed power line Hydro-Québec to connect the region of Chaudière-Appalaches, in the state of Maine will begin August 18th at Thetford Mines.
“The public sessions will continue the following days according to the needs of the public and the commission,” said the BAPE by press release Monday morning.
It is the second phase of the hearings of the BAPE in the framework of the project for the sale of electricity from Quebec to Massachusetts by means of a line passing through Maine.
The first part was held in Quebec city last week. The BAPE had raised questions on the interconnection line of approximately 100 km of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie wants to build between its electricity network and the Maine to be able to export electricity in New England. This project is however facing a lot of resistance south of the border, as many citizens and groups opposed to the construction of a new line in Maine.
In Quebec, this line branches off from Saint-Adrien-Ireland, near Thetford Mines, Chaudière-Appalaches, to connect to the network from Maine to the border with Quebec. Its commissioning is planned in 2022.
The BAPE is to submit its report no later than the 19 November the minister of the Environment of Quebec, Benoit Charette, who will then have 15 days to make it public.