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Minister David Anderson disbands the Joint Review Panel of the Canadian Millennium Pipeline Project
Hull, December 6, 2001 - The Minister of the Environment, the Honourable David Anderson, terminated the environmental assessment of the Canadian Millennium Pipeline Project and disbanded the joint review panel. The panel was appointed in 1999 as a result of an agreement between the Minister of the Environment and the National Energy Board.
The National Energy Board and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the two responsible authorities for the project, recently indicated that they no longer will be required to exercise any power or perform any duty or function referred to in section 5 of theCanadian Environmental Assessment Act in relation to the Canadian Millennium Pipeline Project.
This follows the withdrawal in August 2001 by TransCanada PipeLines Limited and St. Clair Pipelines (1996) Ltd. of their respective applications to the National Energy Board to construct and operate two natural gas pipelines in southwestern Ontario. The withdrawal in turn follows an adjournment granted in June 2000 by the joint review panel.
In December 1998, St. Clair had applied to construct and operate the Millennium West Pipeline. The pipeline would have extended 78km from Dawn (ON) to the Lake Erie shoreline near Patrick Point (ON), 25 km southwest of Port Stanley (ON). In the same month, TransCanada had applied to construct and operate the Lake Erie Crossing Pipeline, a pipeline that would have interconnected with the Millennium West Pipeline at Patrick Point (ON) and would have extended 97 km across Lake Erie to connect with the Millennium Pipeline at the international border beneath the waters of Lake Erie. The two pipeline projects together were known as the Canadian Millennium Pipeline Project.
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