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The Manitoba government is giving the green light to the construction of a new northern hydro dam.

The Manitoba government is giving the green light to the construction of a new northern hydro dam.

Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh said the NDP is granting the Keeyask generating station an environmental licence.

He said the licence is the strictest of its kind with 165 conditions attached.

Mackintosh said the conditions include protecting lake sturgeon, caribou, wetlands and establishing mercury monitoring programs.

The Manitoba Metis Federation has accused the government of running rough-shod over its rights in its haste to build the $6.5 billion project.

Manitoba Hydro and its First Nations partners want to start construction on the Nelson River by this summer to take advantage of lucrative export power sales to the U.S. Midwest.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., 2014

by Journal Of Commerce

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