Federal Funding Available For Participation in the Environmental Assessment of the Mackenzie Gas Project

    OTTAWA, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) and the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board
announced today the availability of $160,000 to assist groups and individuals
to participate to the Joint Review Panel Hearings of the proposed Mackenzie
Gas Project.
    Groups and individuals, including previous funding recipients, may apply
for the new funding. Recipients must use the funds to participate in the
remaining public hearings and to prepare submissions on the environmental
assessment to the Joint Review Panel. This new funding will only cover
expenses incurred after the signing of a new or amended contribution
    Previous funding recipients intending to apply for this funding must
contact the Manager of the Participant Funding Program below, prior to
submitting an application. Funding applications received by the Agency by
July 30, 2007 will be considered.
    A funding review committee, independent of the review panel, will
consider all applications and advise the President of the Agency as to the
appropriate distribution of the available funds to successful applicants
according to the eligibility criteria set out in the Participant Funding
Program Guide.
    Information on the funding program, including the Participant Funding
Program Guide, the application form and the contribution agreement, is
available on the Agency's Web site at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca and on the Web site
of the Northern gas Project Secretariat at www.ngps.nt.ca.
    The proposed MGP includes natural gas development in the Mackenzie River
Delta in the Northwest Territories, gathering lines, processing facilities and
pipeline facilities to transport gas south through the Mackenzie Valley to
northern Alberta. The facilities would connect to the Nova Gas Transmission
system and the associated commercial natural gas market, known as the NOVA
Inventory Transfer (or NIT), near the NWT/Alberta border. The pipeline would
be approximately 1,400 kilometers in length.

    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 further information:

For further information: On the Participant Funding Program: Suzanne
Osborne, Participant Funding Program, Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency, (613) 957-0254 (collect calls are accepted), Fax: (613) 948-9172,
suzanne.osborne@ceaa-acee.gc.ca; Media may contact: Nicholas Girard, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0958, Nicholas.girard@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

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