Review Panel Extends Public Comment Period on Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed EnCana Shallow Gas Infill Development Project

    OTTAWA and CALGARY, Aug. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Joint Panel reviewing the
proposed EnCana Shallow Gas Infill Development project in the Suffield
National Wildlife Area in Alberta, today announces that an approval has been
received to extend the closing date by 30 days for the public consultation of
the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project.
    Following a request by the Department of National Defence (DND), the
Joint Panel had written to the federal Minister of the Environment and the
Chairman of the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) to request an
extension of the time period specified in the Agreement and Terms of Reference
for the review of the EIS. DND subsequently withdrew its request; however, the
Panel decided to maintain its request for an extension after having received a
further request from the Siksika Nation.
    The public will now have until August 27, 2007 to submit any further
comments regarding the adequacy of the EIS. All comments received by the Panel
will be made public through the on line registry established for the project.
Forward your written comments by mail, e-mail or fax to the attention of:

    Marie-France Therrien, Panel Co-Manager
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    160 Elgin Street
    Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
    Tel.: 613-957-0324 / Fax: 613-957-0941

    Jodie Smith, Panel Co-Manager
    Alberta Energy and Utilities Board
    640 5th Avenue S.W.
    Calgary, AB T2P 3G4
    Tel.: 403-297-3541 / Fax: 403-297-4117

    After reviewing the comments received and the proponent's response to
those comments, the Panel will determine, by September 26, whether the EIS is
sufficient or if the proponent must provide any additional information before
the Panel schedules public hearings.
    The EIS, along with more information on this project are available on the
Panel's web site at or on the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Registry at , under registry   #05-05-15620.
    To obtain information on the panel review process, or to register as an
interested party and be kept informed of the panel's activities, provide a
full mailing or e-mail address to either of the Panel Co-Managers listed
    EnCana Corporation proposes to drill, over a three-year period, up to
1275 new shallow gas wells within the boundary of the Canadian Forces Base
Suffield National Wildlife Area (NWA), located in Southeastern Alberta,
approximately 50 km Northwest of Medicine Hat and 250 km Southeast of Calgary.
The project is in addition to the existing natural gas development activities
within the NWA and includes the physical works and the activities associated
with the construction, operation, decommissioning, abandonment and reclamation
of the shallow gas wells, pipelines, and supporting infrastructure.

    The Joint Review Panel for the EnCana Shallow Gas Infill Development
Project is an independent body, mandated by the federal Minister of the
Environment and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board to assess the
environmental effects of the proposed project.

For further information:

For further information: Lucille Jamault, Senior Communications Advisor,
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0434

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