You are here
Home > News > Hydro line removal nearing completion

Hydro line removal nearing completion

STEVE BONSPIEL THE EASTERN DOOR

The final phase of the massive Hydro Quebec Line 2 Dismantlement project is here.

According to Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) chief Lindsay LeBorgne and the lead on the project, all that is left to do is replanting trees.

In a previous announcement made by the MCK, they explained that the Kahnawake Environment Protection Office (KEPO) would ensure that the area affected would be restored with native trees.

Further, KEPO will also be monitoring the area for several years after the replanting, to safeguard its success.

“They are going to be planting over 1,000 seedlings, made up of eight different species, to make up for the vegetation that had to be taken down in order to access the area and remove the towers,” said LeBorgne.

“Then we are going to move in and inspect all of the completed work to make sure that the agreement with Hydro has been followed in its entirety.”

Over the last two months, all of the towers in the territory – save for four – were removed. The work on the north wall, on the other side of the Seaway, was also completed.

The four towers were left in place at the request of the property owner, said LeBorgne in late March.

“A lot of the soil has been removed to get rid of the contamination from the zinc that was put on the towers to preserve the metal. That process has also been completed,” he said.

According to LeBorgne, some tower bases were left intact because removing them would have disrupted the environment and ecosystem even further.

“However, if in the future they become problematic and need to be removed, hydro will honour the agreement by taking them out,” said LeBorgne.

Once the MCK finally signs off on the project’s completion, the long and tedious process of transferring back the ownership of the land to the community will begin. The chief said that some of the land is common land while other parts are privately owned.

“People will need to be patient because it is going to take at least a year to receive their certificate of possession,” said the chief.

LeBorgne said that although he was at first apprehensive about taking the lead on the project due to the unpredictability of construction, he believed that the progression has been smooth. He said that he was very pleased with the outcome.

“Hydro was very accommodating with all of our requests and used the vast majority of the workforce and equipment from the community.

“Even when they had to take down the large towers and needed specialized equipment, they still hired several Kahnawakehró:non to assist them – so we have been very happy with that,” said LeBorgne.

[email protected]

Top

Dear Readers:

As an essential service that is still open during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Eastern Door is fighting hard to keep news like this flowing, in our print product, though an online subscription at www.eastermdoor.com and here, for free, on our website and Facebook.

But when a large portion of our regular revenue has disappeared due to so many other businesses being closed, our circulation being affected by the same issue, and all of our specials canceled until the end of the year, we are looking for alternative ways to keep operations going, staff paid, and the paper out every Friday for you to enjoy.

Please consider a financial contribution to help us keep doing what we do best; telling the stories of our people in a contemporary medium – a solid, continuing archive that documents our cherished, shared history. Your kind donation will go to a newspaper that stands as the historical record, in-depth, informative and award-winning news; colourful stories, and a big boost to the local economy by employing 95 percent local workers.

Also, please consider subscribing to our e-edition, which comes out Thursday night, at www.easterndoor.com today, or pick up your copy Friday morning in Kahnawake, Kanesatake or Chateauguay. Akwesasne delivery has been suspended due to the pandemic and border issues.

We exercise real freedom of the press every single day. Without our reporters fighting for the truth our community would be missing a whole lot of facts, separated from gossip and rumors.

E-transfers are accepted and very much appreciated at: [email protected]