News Release
Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project – Public Comments Invited

OTTAWA, June 3, 2013 - As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project located in British Columbia. To assist it in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment.

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. is proposing to construct and operate a natural gas pipeline from a point near Hudson's Hope, BC, to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility near Prince Rupert, at Lelu Island, within the District of Port Edward, British Columbia. The proposed project involves the construction and operation of approximately 750 kilometres of 48 inch diameter pipeline, metering facilities at the receipt and delivery points, and two compressor stations with provisions for up to six additional compressor station sites to allow for future expansion.

Written comments must be submitted by June 24, 2013 to:

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1C6
Telephone: 604-666-2431
Fax: 604-666-6990

To view a summary of the project description or for more information on the project and on the environmental assessment process, visit the Agency's website at (registry reference number 80046). All comments received will be considered public.

The Agency will post on its website a decision stating whether a federal environmental assessment is required.

If it is decided that a federal environmental assessment is required, the public will have three more opportunities to comment on this project, consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012.

Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are assessed using a science-based approach. If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it will continue to be subject to Canada's strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up, and increased fines.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of sustainable development.


For more information, media may contact:
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Sofie McCoy-Astell
Communications Advisor
Telephone: 613-960-1519

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