On March 29, 2011 the Nisga’a legislature, Wilp Si’ayuukhl Nisga’a, passed resolutions in support of the construction of BC Hydro’s proposed Northwest Transmission Line through Nisga’a Lands and the Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park.
The proposed 287 kilovolt AC transmission line will connect BC Hydro’s Skeena substation near Terrace with a new substation to be built in the vicinity of Bob Quinn Lake.
“Nisga’a Lisims Government has entered into a benefits agreement with BC Hydro in relation to the Northwest Transmission Line. “These resolutions show that our highest legislative body is satisfied with the terms and conditions of the benefits agreement that has been negotiated with BC Hydro,” said Mitchell Stevens, President of the Nisga’a Nation.
The resolutions of the Nisga’a legislature are conditional on the Northwest Transmission Line receiving approvals under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
“We feel that the Benefits Agreement we have negotiated with BC Hydro will yield significant benefits to Nisga’a citizens,” said Stevens.