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Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG Project - Public Comment Period and Information Sessions

Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd. proposes to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and marine terminal near Prince Rupert, within the District of Port Edward. The Pacific NorthWest LNG facility would be located on Lelu Island. The proposed project would convert natural gas to LNG for export to Pacific Rim markets in Asia.

The Pacific NorthWest LNG Project is subject to review under both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) and B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Act and is undergoing a coordinated environmental assessment process.

Public Comment Period

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) are inviting the public to comment on the ongoing environmental assessment of the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project. The Proponent has recently submitted its Application / Environmental Impact Statement (Application / EIS) which describes the project and the potential environmental, heritage, health, social, and economic effects of all phases of the project.

The Application / EIS, as well as a summary of the document and additional information regarding the environmental assessment process, are available online at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca and at www.eao.gov.bc.ca.

The 30-day public comment period is from April 2, 2014 to May 1, 2014. The Agency and the EAO accept public comments submitted by any of the following means:

By Online Form:
www.eao.gov.bc.ca

By Email:
GNLPacificNorthwestLNG@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

By Fax:
250-387-0230

By mail:

  • Ken Howes, Project Assessment Manager
    Environmental Assessment Office
    PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt
    Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9V1

OR

  • Bryan Nelson, Project Manager
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    410-701 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1C6

The Agency accepts comments in English or in French. Any comments filed need only be submitted once to either the Agency or the EAO, to be considered for both the provincial and federal environmental assessments.

Copies of the summary of the Application / EIS and the complete Application / EIS are available for viewing at these locations:

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Vancouver, British Columbia
Viewing by appointment only
Telephone: 604-666-2431

Port Edward District Office
770 Pacific Avenue
Port Edward, British Columbia

Prince Rupert Public Library
101 6th Avenue West
Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Prince Rupert Port Authority
200 - 215 Cow Bay Rd
Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held during the comment period:

Port Edward
Monday April 7, 2014
4:00 – 7:00 pm

Port Edward Community Centre
770 Pacific Avenue
Port Edward, British Columbia

Prince Rupert
Tuesday April 8, 2014
5:00 – 8:00 pm

North Coast Convention Center Ballroom
240 1st Avenue West
Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Information on the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project and the Application / EIS will be available for viewing, and interested individuals will be able to speak with various environmental assessment representatives and technical experts.

Next Steps

After taking public comments into account, the Agency and the EAO will consider these comments along with the information in the Application / EIS in preparing the environmental assessment reports.

The environmental assessment process for the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project will also include one last federal public comment period on the draft federal environmental assessment report, which will be advertised at a later date.

All submissions received by the Agency and the EAO during the comment period in relation to the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project are considered public. They will be posted to the EAO website and will become part of the Agency project file.

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