Federal Funding Awarded to participate in the Environmental Assessment of the Mackenzie Gas Project

    OTTAWA, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) and the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board
have awarded $160,000 to seven applicants in support of their participation in
the environmental assessment process by Joint Review Panel (JRP) for the
proposed Mackenzie Gas Project.
    The recipients are Nature Canada, the World Wildlife Fund, the Sierra
Club of Canada, the North Slave Métis Alliance, Alternatives North, Ecology
North and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
    A Participant Funding Review Committee, independent of the JRP, the
proponents and the interested parties, reviewed the requests and provided
recommendations on available funding. The Committee's report and addendum
along with further information on the project are available on the Agency's
Web site at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca .
    The Government of Canada has made available a total of more than
$2.3 million in participant funding to support public participation in the
Joint Review Panel process for the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project. The
awarding of the final portion of phase 3 funding marks the conclusion of the
Participant Funding Program for this project.
    The next hearings on the cumulative impacts of the proposed project will
start on August 27, 2007, and subsequent hearings on various topics are
scheduled to take place until November 30, 2007. The schedule of these
hearings as well as information on the review of the proposed Mackenzie Gas
Project is available on the Northern Gas Project Secretariat's Web site at
www.ngps.nt.ca .

    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 more information on the Participant Funding Program, contact:

    Suzanne Osborne
    Participant Funding Program
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    Tel.: 613-957-0254 (collect calls are accepted)
    Fax: 613-948-9172

For further information:

For further information: Media: Nicholas Girard, Senior Communications
Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0958,

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