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Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

News Release

Funding Application Deadline for Public Participation in GSX Canada Pipeline Project Joint Panel Review

OTTAWA, November 9, 2001 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency today announced that applications to the Participant Funding Program for the GSX Canada Pipeline Project joint panel review are due by Friday, November 30, 2001. As announced last June, up to $100,000 will be provided to help individuals and organizations take part in the joint panel review of the proposed project. In October, the National Energy Board and the Agency held public information sessions during which the Participant Funding Program for this particular project was discussed with local communities.

A funding review committee, independent from the joint review panel, will review applications and recommend allocation of funds to applicants according to the eligibility criteria set out in the Guide to the Participant Funding Program. The members of the committee are Dr. Paul West, School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, Mr. George Kupfer, a consultant from British Columbia, specializing in community relations and conflict resolution practice, and Mr. Paul Scott, Regional Director for the Agency in Vancouver. Mr. Scott will chair the committee. The successful applicants are expected to be announced within three weeks following the deadline for applications.

To receive the allocated funds, successful applicants must apply for and be given intervenor status from the National Energy Board to participate in the public hearing convened by the joint review panel. They are also required to sign a contribution agreement with the Agency.

The proposed GSX Canada Pipeline project is the Canadian component of a new international pipeline, referred to as the Georgia Strait Crossing Project, that will transport natural gas from Sumas, Washington, to Duncan, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island. It is a joint undertaking of BC Hydro and Williams Gas Pipeline Company.

The joint review panel was established in an agreement between the federal Minister of the Environment and the Chairman of the National Energy Board in September 2001.

The Participant Funding Program is administered by the Agency in accordance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

More information on the Participant Funding Program, including the Guide to the Participant Funding Program, the application form and the contribution agreement, can be found on the Agency's web site.


To submit a completed application form or to obtain a copy of the Guide, the application form and the contribution agreement, please contact:

Martynn St-Andre
Participant Funding Program
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
13th Floor, 200 Sacré-Coeur Blvd.
Hull, QC K1A 0H3
Tel: (819) 994-4049
Fax: (819) 997-4931
E-mail: martynn.st-andre@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Applications must be received at the Agency no later than Friday, November 30, 2001, in order to be considered by the funding review committee.

To obtain further information on the panel review process for this joint review, please contact:

Jean Crépault
Panel Manager
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Tel: (819) 953-2989
Fax: (819) 997-4931
E-mail: jean.crepault@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Elise Dhaussy
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Tel: (819) 953-4054
Fax: (819) 953-2891
E-mail: elise.dhaussy@ceaa-acee.gc.ca