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News Release

Agreement Reached on Preliminary Information Package for Gas Development in the Northwest Territories

Inuvik, Northwest Territories - March 2, 2001 - The chairs of the boards and agencies with responsibility for assessing and regulating energy developments in the Northwest Territories today released a document entitled Guidance on Provision of a Preliminary Information Package for Gas Development in the NWT. The information provided in response to this package will assist the boards and agencies in a timely evaluation of potential approaches for a coordinated review process.

The parties involved include: the National Energy Board, the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board, and the Environmental Impact Screening Committee and Review Board for the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, the NWT Water Board, the Inuvialuit Land Administration, Inuvialuit Game Council, Sahtu Land and Water Board, Gwich'in Land and Water Board, and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

In late November 2000, the parties met for the first time to explore their willingness to cooperate and coordinate the review process for northern gas development. A number of cooperative approaches have been identified under existing legislation. The approaches developed to date have application to both a Mackenzie Valley and a Beaufort offshore route from Alaska.

The parties are pleased with the progress made to date and are committed to refine these opportunities for coordination.

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For more information:

  • Denis Tremblay
    Communications Officer
    National Energy Board
    Telephone: (403) 299-2717
  • Roland Semjanovs
    A/Executive Director
    Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board
    Telephone: (867) 873-9636
  • Jon Pierce
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    Telephone: (819) 953-075