PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — (Marketwired — March 12, 2014) — An application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate has been submitted by Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. (Coastal GasLink) to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). Today the 180-day EAO public review period begins, which includes a 45-day period where the public can provide comments on the application.
The proposed project involves the construction and operation of an approximately 670 kilometre natural gas pipeline from the Groundbirch area near Dawson Creek, B.C. to the proposed LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat, B.C.
Coastal GasLink’s (CGL) application consists of 7,200 pages of text, maps and tables. The required content of the application was developed through a public process that generated the Application Information Requirements (AIR) issued by the EAO in May 2013. The AIR process included a public comment period, open houses, and input from the EAO working group whose members represent federal, provincial, and local government and Aboriginal groups.
Beginning on January 29, 2014, the application was subjected to a 30-day completeness review by the EAO and the working group. The completeness review ensured that the application met all the Application Information Requirements.
The 45-day public comment period runs from March 21 to May 4, 2014. The EAO will prepare a report based on its internal review of the application, input from the working group, as well as comments received from the public, and submit recommendations on the proposed Project to the Government of B.C.
The application is available for review on the B.C. EAO web site and was distributed to public libraries in the project area.
As part of the public comment process, the EAO is holding the following open houses:
Public comment is sought to ensure that all potential adverse effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – are identified and considered as part of the assessment process.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION — COASTAL GASLINK PIPELINE PROJECT
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