Proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project - Availability of funding to
participate in environmental review - Deadline for applications extended

OTTAWA, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is making available $600,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist groups and individuals to participate in the environmental review of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project.

A joint panel will conduct the review in accordance with the requirements of both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the National Energy Board Act.

This funding is being made available to help successful applicants review and comment on the environmental impact statement that will be prepared by the proponent, Gateway Pipeline Inc. The funding may also be used to prepare for and participate in the public hearings that will be announced at a later date.

The deadline to submit a funding application is being extended until two weeks after the release of the joint review panel agreement (JRPA). The deadline will be communicated to the public once the JRPA is released.

A funding review committee, independent of the review process, will consider all applications and make recommendations on the allocation of funds.

Information on the funding program, the proposed project, and the environmental assessment process is available on the Agency's Web site at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca, registry number 06-05-21799.

Gateway Pipeline Inc. proposes to construct and operate pipelines, 1170 km in length, between an inland terminal near Edmonton, Alberta and a marine terminal near Kitimat, British Columbia. Approximately 500 km of the pipeline will be in Alberta, and 670 km in British Columbia. The project will include an export oil sands product pipeline, an import condensate pipeline, terminal facilities, integrated marine infrastructure at tidewater to accommodate loading and unloading of oil and condensate tankers, and marine transportation of oil and condensate.

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.

SOURCE Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

For further information: For further information: Media may contact: Annie Roy, Manager, Communications, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Tel.: (613) 957-0396


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