BC Hydro transmission line passes audit

VICTORIA – An audit of BC Hydro’s fire prevention practices on four licences to cut associated with the Columbia Valley Transmission Project found operations met the requirements of B.C.’s Wildfire Act, according to a report released today.

“The board reviewed emergency response plans and burn plans, among other things, as part of the audit,” said Al Gorley, board chair. “We found that BC Hydro clearly addressed fire preparedness in its planning, meeting all requirements in the Wildfire Act. As well, it had detailed site plans for clearing and slash disposal for the entire 125 kilometres of the transmission line project.”

The transmission line extends 125 kilometres from Invermere to Golden through the Columbia Valley. The Columbia Valley is a popular recreation destination and is home to a variety of wildlife.

Under the Wildfire Act, a person carrying out an industrial activity, such as land clearing, must take steps to protect forest and range resources from wildfire. This is the first time the board has looked at BC Hydro activities for compliance with the act.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board audits forest and range practices on public lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.

Darlene Oman, Communications
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 213-4705 / 1 800 994-5899