James Bay Project

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James Bay Project,

a colossal hydroelectric development of the rivers emptying into the E James Bay, central Quebec, Canada. La Grande Phase I, finished in 1985, created the world's largest underground powerhouse, a tiered spillway on La Grande River three times the height of Niagara FallsNiagara Falls,
in the Niagara River, W N.Y. and S Ont., Canada; one of the most famous spectacles in North America. The falls are on the international line between the cities of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Niagara Falls, Ont.
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, and five reservoirs that total half the volume of Lake Ontario. La Grande Phase II, involving the redirection of flow from the Eastmain, Laforge, and Caniapiscau rivers into La Grande, was largely completed when further work was suspended in 1994. For much of its history up to that point the project had evoked a tremendous response from environmentalists and the CreeCree,
Native North Americans whose language belongs to the Algonquian branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic stock (see Native American languages). They formerly inhabited the area S of Hudson Bay and James Bay in what is now Quebec, Ontario, and Manitoba S of the
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, who claimed that the project was destroying the region and disrupting the lives of the native population as rivers were diverted, forests incinerated, and wilderness areas inundated. The Great Whale Project, involving the diversion of the Little Whale and Nastapoca rivers into the Great Whale River, and the NBR Project, involving the diversion of the Rupert and Nottaway rivers into the Broadback River basin, were also suspended; no construction on either had begun. In 2002 an agreement with the Cree cleared the way for completion of La Grande Phase II and the diversion of the upper Rupert River into the La Grande (via the Eastmain and other diverted rivers). The NBR Project was canceled.
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Wojick says he's visited he massive James Bay hydroelectric project in northern Quebec, where high voltage lines of 765 kilovolts ships thousands of megawatts south to Montreal and beyond.
For example, in 1972 Judge Albert Malouf granted the Grand Council of Crees (Quebec) and the Quebec Inuit Association an injunction to stop the James Bay Hydroelectric Project only to see it suspended by an appeal a week later.
When he was 16, Hydro-Quebec set up a meeting in his village of Mistassini to explain the James Bay hydroelectric project that would flood much of the nearby Cree lands and hunting grounds.
In Quebec, for example, incredible infrastructure projects, like the James Bay hydroelectric project, the Montreal Olympic Games and the growing road network, were deployed.