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6 Tuesday July 14 2015 ENVIRONMENT WILDLIFE Northwest Territories Power Corporation 201214 Phase II General Rate Application The Northwest Territories Public Utilities Board Board will conduct a public hearing commencing on October 20 2015 to consider the Northwest Territories Power Corporations NTPC or Corporation 20122013 and 20132014 General Rate Application GRA or Applica- tion Phase II filed on June 11 2015. The hearing will be held at the Yellowknife Inn Yellowknife NT commencing at 9 AM. In Phase I of NTPCs GRA the Board approved an overall revenue requirement for fiscal years 20122013 and 20132014 by way of Deci- sion 9-2013 dated July 9 2013. The purpose of the current Phase II proceedings is to determine the amount of revenue that NTPC would recover from each customer class in order to recover the overall rev- enue requirement approved by the Board in Phase I and to determine the design and structure of rates by rate class. Consistent with GNWT policy Directions dated April 10 2015 NT- PCs current Phase II Application is primarily a review of the meth- odology for determining cost of service by rate Zone Comprised of the Snare Hydro Taltson Hydro and Thermal Zones and by rate class with mostly minor adjustments to rate levels. However NTPC has proposed two notable changes to rate levels the Corporation is proposing a reduction of 2.4 in wholesale rates to Northland Utilities Yellowknife Limited and a 55 increase in rates for Government indus- trial Customers Giant Mine. In addition to proposed changes in rates as noted above NTPC is requesting Board approval of the following a 20132014 test year revenue requirement adjustment on a go- forward basis to recognize the Inuvik Gas Engine Conversion and commissioning of the Inuvik LNG Storage and Gasification Facility b Revised Terms and Conditions of Service to reflect updates to the Net Metering Program eligibility and Industrial Customer definition and c The Corporations Net Metering Program Eligibility and Operation Policy. The participation of interested parties is important for a successful review of the Application. Any party interested in participating in the hearing can do so by filing a request for intervener status with the Board by July 15 2015. Parties already on the Phase I mail list will automatically be placed on the Phase II mail list. Registered parties will be notified of any changes in the process schedule. For more information please contact Louise Larocque Board Secretary 203 62 Woodland Drive Hay River NT X0E 1G1 Phone 867-874-3944 Fax 867-874-3639 e-mail Bison found dead at Pine Lake tests negative for anthrax Lake safe to swim in Parks Canada officials By MEAGAN WOHLBERG A bison found dead on the beach of Pine Lake late last month sparking concern among campers has tested negative for anthrax. Thedeadcowwasdiscoveredonthebeachin frontofaprivatecabinonthelakewithinWood Buffalo National Park on Saturday June 27. Parks Canada staff were sent to the scene to clean up and test for possible anthrax bac- teria which is a common cause of death in bison during the summer. This time of year were always mindful of the possibility that it could be anthrax that was the cause of death said Stuart Macmil- lan manager of resource conservation with Wood Buffalo National Park. A preliminary field test turned up nega- tive for anthrax but because the test can be unreliable additional samples were sent to lab for analysis to be sure. Those results re- turned this week confirming the animal was free of the disease. Carcasses suspected of carrying anthrax are typically burned to ash to kill the spores but the extreme fire risk and close to 50 fires already burning in the park caused staff to de- cide on a plan B. The next day the bison was airlifted off the property by a Parks firefight- ing helicopter and moved to a remote location within the forest unreachable by humans. Its really all we can do right now Mac- millan said. The public wont come into contact with it and we dont want to have to manage another fire. Parks staff immediately cordoned off the area and last week excavated the sand from the beach that had come into contact with the carcass and its bodily fluids. Macmillan said the carcass did not contact the water and assured the public there are no threats to public safety. It wasnt in the lake. The lake is still very safe to swim in he said. The chances of humans contracting anthrax from a bison or where a bison was lying are extremely small. Bison typically contract the anthrax bac- teria which lives in the soil while grazing or wallowing in the dirt on hot days making it difficult for humans to become similarly in- fected Macmillan said. Calf was still on-site The deceased cows calf was still on scene when crews arrived snuggling up to its dead mothers side. Though hard to see Macmil- lan said the national park philosophy is to let nature run its course. Within a day of the carcass being removed he said the calf returned to the wilderness on its own. Theres a small chance that it might hook up with other bison. We did see it grazing but it is very young Macmillan said. Bison anthrax outbreak suspected in Wood Buffalo National Park By MEAGAN WOHLBERG Thediscoveryof34bisoncarcassesinWood BuffaloNationalParklastweekpointstoaprob- ableanthraxoutbreakaccordingtoParksCanada. The carcasses were spotted during a rou- tine patrol flight on July 9 over several remote areas of the park including Trident Meadows about 35 km north of Garden River at Lake One in a remote central area of the park at Sweetgrass Prairie and one on the Salt Plains about 15 km from the lookout. AccordingtoWoodBuffalospokespersonMike Keizer some of the animals gave the immedi- ate appearance of having died from anthrax. Bison that die of anthrax usually bloat very very quickly as part of the impact of the dis- ease so they get what you call the classic saw- horse position Keizer said. The legs splayed right out - thats what they look like. Bison that die of other causes usually putrefy slower and you dont see that classic position right away. Parks staff were sent out late last week to collect samples from the animals to confirm whether or not the bacteria which lives in the ground was responsible for the deaths. BecausevisitorsafetyisapriorityKeizersaid Parksofficialshaveinitiatedaresponseplanto minimize the spread of the possible outbreak. Routineaerialsurveillanceflightshavebeen increased in order to track down any other de- ceasedanimalsroadpatrolsareplannedtosee if any other carcasses are lying around more high use areas of the park and firefighters have been briefed to look out for dead bison. We step up our observations everywhere and try to map out where these bison are. The bison that you can see are all in open areas - openmeadows-sotheyremucheasiertospot. Imagineifitwasinawoodedareahowdifficult those bison would be to see so well be mixing a number of different things to get a sense of where its happening Keizer said. Anycarcassesfoundnearhighuseareassuch asroadswillbedisposedofimmediately-typi- cally through burning - to minimize release of anthrax spores in the soil. But because all the carcasseshavebeenfoundinremoteareasofthe park well away from visitors Keizer said they willlikelyletthemdecomposenaturallyortest other techniques like tarping or formaldehyde. According to Parks data the current bison population in Wood Buffalo is at 5000 and healthy though its status is closely monitored. Anthrax outbreaks have been observed 13 times in Wood Buffalo between 1962 and 2012. There have been no cases of visitors contracting the disease. The public is reminded not to touch any dead animal they may come across in the park and to instead leave the area and re- port the location to the Wood Buffalo Parks Canada office at 867-872-7960. MapcourtesyofParksCanada ENVIRONMENT WILDLIFE Bison carcasses have been found at four remote locations in Wood Buffalo park.