Grassy Point Liquified Natural Gas Project Environmental Assessment to Continue as a Comprehensive Study

    OTTAWA, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of
the Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency, today announced that the proposed Grassy Point Liquefied
Natural Gas (LNG) project at Placentia Bay in Newfoundland, will continue as a
comprehensive study.
    The Minister based his decision on a report and recommendation submitted
by Transport Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the responsible
authorities for the project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
    Transport Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada will now continue their
respective comprehensive studies and submit a final report to the Minister of
the Environment. At that time, the public will have an opportunity to comment
on the findings and recommendations of the report before the Minister renders
his final decision.
    Newfoundland LNG Ltd. proposes to construct, operate and eventually
decommission a Liquefied Natural Gas Transshipment and Storage Terminal at
Grassy Point, at the head of Placentia Bay. The development proposal includes
a marine terminal comprised of three jetties, a tug berth, eight LNG storage
tanks, and supporting infrastructure including an access road, office
facilities, security fencing, and utilities such as water and power. The
proposed facility will provide LNG to markets in the northeastern United
States and Canada.
    The report, along with further information on this project, is available
on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, under registry number

For further information:

For further information: media may call: Robert Deslauriers, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0396; 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.

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