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Aurora LNG Project - Public Comments Invited

July 7, 2014 — As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Aurora LNG Project, located near Prince Rupert, British Columbia (B.C.). To assist it in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment.

Substitution Request

The Government of B.C. has requested the substitution of the B.C. environmental assessment process for the CEAA 2012 process if it is determined that an environmental assessment is required. The Agency is also seeking comments on this request.

In considering the Government of B.C.'s request, the federal Minister of the Environment must be satisfied, under CEAA 2012, that:

  • the process to be substituted will include a consideration of the factors set out in subsection 19(1) of CEAA 2012;
     
  • the public will be given an opportunity to participate in the environmental assessment;
     
  • the public will have access to records in relation to the environmental assessment to enable their meaningful participation;
     
  • at the end of the environmental assessment, a report will be submitted to the Agency;
     
  • the report will be made available to the public; and
     
  • any other conditions the Minister establishes are, or will be, met.

The Minister would also establish the following additional conditions for this project:

  • the involvement of expert federal departments in the B.C. process;
     
  • B.C. meeting the CEAA 2012 365-day timeframe for completing the environmental assessment;
     
  • B.C. conducting procedural aspects of Aboriginal consultation; and
     
  • B.C. making available to Aboriginal groups funding provided by the Agency to support consultation during the substituted environmental assessment.

B.C.'s request is in accordance with a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Agency and the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office to enable efficient and timely use of the CEAA 2012 substitution provisions. The MOU addresses the processes leading to substitution, the conduct of the substituted environmental assessment and associated Aboriginal consultation, and the coordination of decision making, monitoring and follow-up after the environmental assessment. The MOU and a Backgrounder on substitution under CEAA 2012 are available on the Agency's website.

Public Comments

Written comments on the need for a federal environmental assessment and on the substitution request must be submitted by July 28, 2014 to:

Aurora LNG Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1C6
Telephone: 604-666-2431
Fax: 604-666-6990
AuroraLNG@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Map depicting the location of the project, as described in the current document.

To view a summary of the project description or for more information on the project, the substitution request and the environmental assessment process, visit the Agency's website (Registry reference number 80075). All comments received will be considered public.

The Agency will post its decision on whether a federal environmental assessment is required on its website. A notice of the Minister's decision on the request for substitution will also be posted on the Agency's website if it is determined that a federal environmental assessment is required.

The Proposed Project

Aurora Liquefied Natural Gas Limited is proposing the construction, operation, and decommissioning of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and marine terminal at one of two alternative locations— Digby Island or Grassy Point— in the Prince Rupert area of British Columbia. As proposed, the project would include a natural gas receiving and LNG production facility with a capacity of up to 24 million tonnes of LNG per year, a marine terminal, and supporting infrastructure and facilities. The project is expected to operate for a minimum of 25 years.

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