Labrador/Island Transmission Link: Environmental Assessment Review and impact on tourism industry in the Labrador Straits region
The Labrador Straits region will be impacted by the proposed Labrador/Island transmission link. The LSDC has received participant funding from the CEAA to engage in the EA process which is currently occurring.
Among other impacts, the LSDC and partners anticipate impacts to the tourism industry. Impacts may be experienced during the construction phase and may have longer term impacts. The LSDC and partners require the services of a researcher with a knowledge base in the tourism industry, historical and heritage resources, and socio economic impacts of major projects on small regions. This is in an effort to help the region understand the potential impacts of the project and identify measures to mitigate or eliminate these negative impacts and to help identify ways in which the tourism industry and partners can prepare.
Tasks will include:
1) reviewing the scope of the project with specific analysis of activity in the Labrador Straits region
2) review relevant component studies released by Nalcor Energy to the Dept of Environment
3) Provide feedback to analysis to a local committee
4) Assist local committee in formulating responses to relevant component studies in a time sensitive manner
5) Review relevant areas of EIS and comprehensive study review to be released and assist in formulating comments to the EA process in a time sensitive manner.
Some key questions:
Will contractors and short term contractors block up accommodations?
There is a plan for camps (what is the size, where will they be, who will service)...what about residual workers...will there be short term or long term accommodations demands beyond work camp employees.
Will the project during construction take labour from operators?
Will there be increased demand on service providers outside of hotels or accommodation providers? ( gas stations, bakery, those who do contract work for tourism industry)
Are there any benefits to operators
Will the Strait of Belle Isle ferry be used beyond capacity or will increased demand displace visitors?
How ugly will it be?
What about heritage resources (trails, viewscapes, berry picking grounds etc) How will they be impacted?