The new Government of Canada responds favourably to the report of the Environmental Assessment Joint Review Panel for the Cacouna Energy Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal Project at Gros-Cacouna



    GROS-CACOUNA, QC, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The new Government of Canada
announced today that it responds favourably to the report of the Environmental
Assessment Joint Review Panel for the proposed project to establish a Cacouna
Energy Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal at Gros-Cacouna. The Government of
Canada is in a position to support the general conclusion of the report after
having examined the Panel's recommendations.
    "This potential LNG terminal would bring a new dimension to the local
economy and at the same time create significant benefits for all of Quebec and
eastern Canada," said Minister Cannon. "Regional ports are often the main
development instrument in many regions and we must fulfill their full
potential."
    Drawing on the Panel's report, the Government of Canada concludes that
the developer can pursue its efforts toward the eventual implementation of the
Cacouna Energy LNG Terminal Project. As responsible authorities by virtue of
the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Transport Canada and Fisheries and
Oceans Canada will ensure that the developer implements all the mitigation
measures identified in the report, as well as the required monitoring and
review programs. The Government of Canada is of the opinion that
implementation of the mitigation measures and appropriate reviews to be
instituted by the developer will allow the environmental impacts identified in
the report to be taken into account.
    "Fisheries and Oceans Canada supports the Government of Canada's response
to the Joint Environmental Assessment Panel," said the Honourable
Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. "Fisheries and Oceans Canada
is committed to protecting all marine resources in the Saint Lawrence Estuary
and will ensure that all mitigation measures and monitoring activities are
implemented."
    The Government of Canada's acceptance of the basic recommendations of the
Joint Review Panel's report allows the responsible authorities to exercise
their regulatory attributions and proceed with the issuance of permits
required under the Navigable Waters Protection Act and the Fisheries Act and
eventually proceed with the signing of a lease. In this regard, Transport
Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada will maintain close ties with the
authorities involved in the project, throughout the process of issuing the
required permits and other legal authorizations.

    The Cacouna Energy company, made up of TransCanada Pipelines Limited and
Petro-Canada, announced on September 1, 2004 its plan to build a liquefied
natural gas terminal at the port of Gros-Cacouna. The project involves
importing liquefied natural gas by sea and reconverting it to natural gas.




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633-2741; Sophie Galarneau, Relations avec les médias, Pêches et Océans
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