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Mar­itime Elec­tric, NB Power tak­ing $100 mil­lion sub­ma­rine ca­ble pro­ject pro­posal to open house ses­sions in P.E.I., N.B.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE - BY DAVE STEWART dstew­art@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/DveSte­wart

Is­lan­ders will get a chance to re­view the pro­posed power ca­ble pro­ject to the main­land on July 27.

Mar­itime Elec­tric and NB Power are hold­ing an open house in Bor­den-Car­leton from 2-8 p.m. where the public can re­view and dis­cuss the pro­posed in­stal­la­tion of two sub­ma­rine ca­bles be­tween Bor­den-Car­leton, P.E.I., and Cape Tor­men­tine, N.B.

The open house takes place at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion on Main Street.

The pro­ject in­cludes ap­prox­i­mately 60 kilo­me­tres of new trans­mis­sion line con­struc­tion be­tween Cape Tor­men­tine and Mem­ram­cook in New Brunswick.

A sub­sta­tion at Bor­den-Car­leton is also be­ing pro­posed.

Of­fi­cials will be on site to dis­cuss var­i­ous as­pects of the pro­posed pro­ject and an­swer ques­tions. The public can also call toll free 1-800-670-1012.

The en­tire pro­ject is ex­pected to cost $100 mil­lion, split in half be­tween the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments.

Two open house ses­sions will be held this week in New Brunswick, one in Mem­ram­cook and the other in Cape Tor­men­tine.

“The pro­posed sub­ma­rine ca­ble that we’re propos­ing is the old ferry route,’’ said Kim Grif­fin, spokes­woman for Mar­itime Elec­tric, re­fer­ring to the Marine At­lantic op­er­a­tion that ex­isted be­tween P.E.I. and New Brunswick un­til 1997 when the Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge opened.

Grif­fin said the open houses will fea­ture rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both pro­vin­cial util­i­ties as well as en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tants.

All in­put re­ceived in the open houses will go into a re­port and fur­ther public meet­ings are likely.

“It’s a mas­sive pro­ject and it’s an im­por­tant pro­ject . . . it’s re­ally im­por­tant if peo­ple have con­cerns that we know about them so we can ad­dress them.’’

The Op­po­si­tion re­cently sug­gested in the P.E.I. leg­is­la­ture that it makes more sense to at­tach the ca­bles to the Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge, for en­vi­ron­men­tal and ease-of-main­te­nance pur­poses.

How­ever, Premier Wade MacLauch­lan says the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, which takes over own­er­ship of the bridge in 2032, doesn’t like that op­tion. In 2011, engi­neers cited con­cerns that at­tach­ing power ca­bles to the bridge could cause the struc­ture’s re­bar, which holds the bridge to­gether, to cor­rode.

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