Power and Utilities
At Ghostpine Environmental Services Ltd. (Ghostpine) we are proud to provide a wide range of services to the Power and Utilities sector across Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. Our current Power and Utilities sector portfolio includes extensive experience in permitting and regulatory applications for projects pertaining to:
- Power Transmission Lines
- Hydroelectric Projects
- Wind Generation Projects
- Solar Generation Projects
- Facility Access Roads
- Many other Municipal Infrastructure Applications
The Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan Environmental regulations , each provide distinct processes, procedures, and regulatory requirements when it comes to the Power and Utilities sector. Keeping current with these changing regulatory regimes requires a team with experience and a commitment to environmental performance. With over fifty employees stationed in our Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Fort St. John offices, we bring a broad range of experience working on power and utilities projects in several municipalities and regions across western Canada. While the regulatory environment can be ever-changing, our team is consistently reviewing the environmental requirements and guidelines for each respective province to ensure we are always up-to-date and ready to provide solutions based on the latest requirements stipulations. Combining our industry and regulatory expertise with our knowledge of the region, Ghostpine can take the guesswork out of your environmental management plans, preparing concise assessments to support your business activities and operations.
Isn’t it time to take the guesswork out of your environmental management plans? Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you with the sustainable development of Power and Utilities infrastructure in western Canada.
Ghostpine is equipped and ready to provide you with field services and the production of any required documentation, for the following Power and Utilities operations:
- Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)
- Visual Impact Assessment (VIA)
- Biophysical Studies
- Wetland Assessments
- Historical/Heritage Assessments and Mitigation (AB and Sask)
- Environmental Audits and Site Inspection
- Soil Surveys
- First Nations Consulting (FNC)
- Due Diligence Investigations (Phase I, II and III Environmental Site Assessments)
Ghostpine provides the full range of environmental regulatory and planning services necessary to assist in the application for solar power development.
In February of 2016 a revision in the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) rule 007 requires, as part of the approval process, that Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) Wildlife Management review the solar project’s impact on wildlife and wildlife habitat based on the EAP Wildlife Guidelines. Prior to initiating a project, it is necessary to determine the environmental sensitivity of the proposed area. To complete an assessment both pre and post construction surveys and monitoring are required which may include;
- Bird surveys
- Wildlife & Rare plant surveys
- Wetland, water bodies and native habitats delineation
- Wildlife collision monitoring and possible bird rescue
- Disturbance effects on species of risk and other wildlife
- Seasonal efficiency of carcass detection and scavenger removal rates
- Submission of monitoring reports to AEP Regional Wildlife biologist
Ghostpine’s highly qualified and well respected team of Environmental Planners, Ecologists, Terrestrial, and Aquatic Biologists, Soil Scientists, Archaeologists, Reclamation and Remediation Specialists, and Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialists, work in close collaboration with each other to ensure all pre and post construction environmental assessments required for your solar project are completed in the most efficient and timely manner possible.
Our Planning and Regulatory team has developed close relationships with provincial, federal, and municipal regulatory agencies in both the field and office. This relationship and a thorough understanding of the recent restructuring of AEP and the requirements of AUC allows us to anticipate potential issues of environmental or regulatory concern, guide our clients painlessly through the regulatory process and to prepare regulatory submissions efficiently and cost effectively.