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Irving Oil submits LNG project EIS for government review
SAINT JOHN, NB-Irving Oil has submitted its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility for the government's review and approval prior to public release. Once the EIS is released to the public, the final government should make its decision within 60 to 90 days. First announced in 2001, the proposed LNG project has been the subject of three public meetings in Saint John, as well as more than 50 additional stakeholder sessions. The submission of the EIS "marks a significant milestone for our proposed LNG project," said Gary Bischof, Irving's general manager of processing and transportation. He added that the proposal "has been subject to the most rigorous and thorough review that any similar LNG project has undergone over the last two years, and we are pleased with the extensive study and high standard of diligence, transparency, and public input. We are particularly proud of the efforts of our Irving Oil team and the companies who have worked with us for two years to bring us very close to the finish line on the permitting process."