Prince Rupert LNG Project - Public Comments Invited

OTTAWA, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - 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 commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Prince Rupert LNG Project located in British Columbia. The Agency invites the public to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment.

The public can review and comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines, a document that identifies the potential environmental effects to be taken into consideration and the information and analysis that needs to be included in the proponent's EIS.

Written comments must be submitted by July 21, 2013 to:

Prince Rupert LNG Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1C6
Telephone: 604-666-2431
Fax: 604-666-6990
PrinceRupertLNG@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

To view the draft EIS Guidelines or for more information, visit the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (registry reference number 80042). All comments received will be considered public.

Copies of the draft EIS Guidelines are also available for viewing at the following locations:

Prince Rupert Port Authority 
200 - 215 Cow Bay Rd.
Prince Rupert  BC
Port Edward District Office
770 Pacific Avenue
Port Edward  BC
Prince Rupert Library
101 6th Avenue West
Prince Rupert  BC
 

Consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012, this is the second of four opportunities for Canadians to comment on this project. Following this comment period, the Agency will finalize and issue the EIS Guidelines to the proponent. An application period for participant funding and a future public comment period related to the EIS will be announced at a later date.

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 proposed project
Prince Rupert LNG Limited proposes to develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on Ridley Island at the Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia. The proposed project includes the construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant and associated port and infrastructure facilities to export liquefied natural gas to international markets. The LNG facility would be developed in two phases, reaching a nominal capacity of up to 21 million tonnes per annum.

SOURCE: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

For further information:

media may contact:
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Sofie McCoy-Astell
Communications Advisor
Tel.: 613-960-1519
Sofie.McCoy-Astell@ceaa-acee.gc.ca


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