VANCOUVER, Feb. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Pacific NorthWest LNG formally
submitted its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to both the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) and the BC Environmental
Assessment Office (BC EAO). The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency is the lead regulatory authority responsible for reviewing the
EIS as the proposed project would be located on federal port land
within the federally regulated Prince Rupert Port Authority. The BC
EAO, under a Section 11 order, will review additional components unique
to the BC Environmental Assessment Act.
"The filing of our Environmental Impact Statement to both federal and
provincial regulatory agencies is a significant milestone in the life
of this project," said Greg Kist, President of Pacific NorthWest LNG.
"This marks a renewed round of consultation and feedback from all
interested parties on our proposal and I encourage participation in
this rigorous environmental review."
Once accepted, the Environmental Impact Statement will be reviewed
internally by regulatory agencies and First Nations prior to a public
comment period commencing in Spring 2014. The public comment period
will consist of open houses, working group meetings and opportunities
for direct comment from the public on the Environmental Impact
"Thanks to the participation from residents and stakeholders along the
North Coast we have implemented numerous design changes to our proposed
facility," said Kist.
Design changes to the facility design and layout include:
Raised the height of the Lelu Island bridge for marine users
Raised the height of a section of the jetty trestle for marine users
Committed to a 30m tree and vegetation buffer around most of the island
to provide a natural sound and light barrier
Covered LED lighting to minimize light emissions from the facility
Construction of a materials offloading facility on Lelu Island to
minimize heavy truck traffic
Changed the location of the main flare stack to decrease the visual
impact for residents of Port Edward
Removed a bunkering fuel facility and propane storage from the project
"We want to build the best facility possible, and that means hearing
from residents on what their vision is for Pacific NorthWest LNG," Kist
continued. "Pacific NorthWest LNG intends to be a positive contributor
to the local economy and a provider of long-term careers for decades to
come. The submission of our Environmental Impact Statement is another
step in achieving that goal."
The full Environmental Impact Statement will be available on Pacific
NorthWest LNG's website and in the Prince Rupert Community Office upon
approval and publication by the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency and the BC Environmental Assessment Office.
About Pacific NorthWest LNG
Pacific NorthWest LNG is planning to build a world-class LNG export
facility on Canada's west coast on Lelu Island in Port Edward, near
Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The proposed facility will comprise an
initial development of two LNG trains of approximately six million
tonnes per annum (mtpa) each, and a subsequent development of a third
train of approximately six mtpa. The proposed facility would liquefy
and export natural gas produced by Progress Energy Canada in
northeastern British Columbia. Pacific NorthWest LNG is committed to
generating new economic and social benefits for the local community,
First Nation's, British Columbia and Canada in an environmentally safe
and sustainable manner. Pacific NorthWest LNG is majority-owned by
PETRONAS. JAPEX and PetroleumBRUNEI are also partners in Pacific
NorthWest LNG and its associated natural gas supply.
SOURCE: Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd.
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