August 23, 2004

Nova Scotia approves LNG application from Access Northeast Energy

HALIFAX, NS-The Nova Scotia government has approved an application from Access Northeast Energy to build and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Bear Head, Richmond County, on the Strait of Canso. Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash said strict conditions have been attached to the approval, which is just the first of several required before the company can operate. Provincial regulations required the project to go through a Class 1 environmental assessment (EA) because it includes a storage facility with a total storage capacity of more than 5,000 cubic metres for a liquid or gaseous substance. The proposal includes three main components: a marine terminal; land-based storage tanks; and a land-based regasification area. Regasification is the process by which liquefied gas is converted back to a gaseous state prior to transmission through the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline. Terms and conditions of the project address issues such as stormwater management, air quality controls, and the development of emergency spill contingency plans. The company will also be required to submit a wetland protection and mitigation plan, as well as a monitoring plan for the protection of the Southern Twayblade, a rare species of orchid. The Department of Environment and Labour's decision may be viewed on its Web site, www.gov.ns.ca/enla.
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