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Manitoba dam inches forward

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The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission says in a report that it will recommend an environmental licence be issued for a new northern hydroelectric dam.

The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission says in a report that it will recommend an environmental licence be issued for a new northern hydroelectric dam.

But, the commission is attaching several conditions to the licence for the Keeyask generating station, including increased efforts to monitor and protect caribou, lake sturgeon and other wildlife.

Manitoba Hydro and its First Nations partners want to start construction on the $6.5 billion project on the Nelson River by this summer to take advantage of lucrative export power sales to the U.S. Midwest.

If final approval is given, the first of seven turbines would start producing electricity in 2019.

The Public Utilities Board is holding hearings over whether Keeyask makes economic sense, with a report due June 20.

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