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June 23, 1998
(Mines and Energy)

The following is being distributed at the request of the Labrador Hydro Project, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro:

Local firms awarded environmental contracts

The Labrador Hydro Project team has awarded three additional contracts to local firms to conduct environmental studies for the Churchill River Power Project.

A contract worth approximately $50,000 to collect and review existing information on 12 caribou herds in Newfoundland and Labrador has been awarded to Torngat Consultants Limited. This caribou study is of particular interest as it will be the first time both published and unpublished information and data on caribou in the province will be consolidated.

Jacques Whitford Environment Limited (JWEL) has been awarded two contracts. JWEL will be conducting a study of marine mammals in the Strait of Belle Isle (whales and seals) in the general location where the proposed submarine cables would be placed. They will also conduct a study of eagle and osprey in Labrador and along the transmission line corridors on the island. The marine mammals survey contract is valued at approximately $120,000 and the eagle and osprey contract is approximately $30,000.

The wildlife work will be done in cooperation with the Department of Forest Resources and Agriculture.

All environmental contracts are being awarded on a competitive basis. In May, the Labrador Hydro Project requested a statement of qualifications from interested environmental consultants. Requests for proposals were then sent to companies based on their statement of qualifications.

Work scopes were prepared by the Labrador Hydro Project Environment team in conjunction with the Innu Nation and Hydro-Quebec. As the Innu are participating in the environmental assessment process, the work scope and summaries of the studies will also be provided in their language, Innu Aimun.

Torngat Consultants Ltd. is a Newfoundland and Labrador based environmental, engineering and renewable resource company. Torngat Consultants has been involved in many caribou studies, as well as other terrestrial ecology studies in the province over the last 30 years. Incorporated in 1991, the firm is 100 per cent Newfoundland owned.

JWEL operates worldwide delivering environmental, engineering and socio-management services. JWEL has had an office in St. John's for over 18 years and one in Happy Valley-Goose Bay since 1995.

Contact: Karen Humphreys Blake, Labrador Hydro Project, (709) 737-1823.

1998 06 23 9:55 a.m.

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