Haida Gwaii group seeks investigation into NaiKun

Wind industry, conflict of interest and the Liberal Party…Déjà vu.

The group is also seeking an investigation into Independent Power Producers, noting 20 people have worked for the Province, crown corporations or the Liberal Party and now work for IPP companies who may have “inside knowledge of government policy and processes”.

By Shaun Thomas – The Northern View, www.bclocalnews.com 1 June 2010

The Friends of Hecate Strait, based in Masset, has asked the province’s Ombudsman to look into the awarding of provincial environmental approval of the NaiKun wind farm due to a conflict of interest.

“We have learned that E. Blair Lockhart, a member of the Environmental Appeal Board, is the wife of Tony Fogarassy, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to NaiKun,” said the group.

“Despite major environmental concerns by government agencies the wind farm project got the green light from the EAB. We are asking for this investigation to ensure the decision to approve the project was completely independent and upholds the democratic principles of openness, transparency and accountability. The wind farm is a massive project and should never have been approved.”

However, NaiKun vice-president Matt Burns says there is no conflict of interest as the EAB “has nothing to do with the process”.

“They’ve never seen our environmental assessment, they’re not involved in overseeing the assessment…We have not dealt with nor talked to them,” he said, noting the certificate was awarded through the Environmental Assessment Office and that NaiKun has tried to meet with the Masset-based group in the past.

“We’re not sure what their concern is given that we have been through a rigorous and transparent process. Everything in the process is online and consultations were held.”

The group is also seeking an investigation into Independent Power Producers, noting 20 people have worked for the Province, crown corporations or the Liberal Party and now work for IPP companies who may have “inside knowledge of government policy and processes”.

One thought on “Haida Gwaii group seeks investigation into NaiKun

  1. Oh…reallly……..surprise surprise.
    Some day soon this whole wind scam is gonna implode….and then next on the list, solar on A1 and 2 land.

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