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Public Notice

GSX Canada Pipeline Project Joint Panel Review

Deadline for Participant Funding Applications

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has established November 30, 2001, as the deadline for receipt of applications to the Participant Funding Program for the GSX Canada Pipeline Project joint panel review. The program, which was announced in June 2001, will provide up to $100,000 to assist individuals and organizations in preparing for and participating in the joint panel review of the proposed project. Funding under this program is to be applied to costs incurred in participating in the joint review panel's consideration of environmental factors under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

A funding review committee, independent from the 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 Guide also provides further information on who is eligible to apply for funds, and what types of expenses can be considered for reimbursement. 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 will also be required to sign a contribution agreement with the Agency.

The 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 review will be conducted according to the procedures set out in the agreement, and in accordance with the Board's Rules of Practice and Procedures.

To submit a completed application form or to obtain a copy of the Guide to the Participant Funding Program, 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.

More information on the 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 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