June 28, 2004

Panel appointed for public meeting on Irving Oil LNG facility proposal

FREDERICTON, NB-Environment and Local Government Minister Brenda Fowlie has appointed a three-member independent panel to chair a public meeting on Irving Oil's proposal for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility and marine terminal in Mispec, near Saint John. The June 29 public meeting is a requirement under the provincial Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulation of the Clean Environment Act. Dr Pierre-Marcel Desjardins, associate director of the Canadian Institute for Research on Regional Development at the UniversitÈ de Moncton, will head the panel. The other members are Dr John Terhune, associate dean of graduate studies at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John (who will serve as science advisor); and Douglas Lake, principal and vice-president of technical operations with Natural Resources Group, of Minneapolis, Minnesota (who is the panel's LNG advisor). The independent EIA panel members will hear public comments and input on the EIA and the Comprehensive Study reports, prepared for Irving Oil as part of a co-ordinated review of the project between the federal and provincial governments. After the end of the public comment period on July 14, the panel will submit a report of public input on the project to the Minister, who will include it in her summary of public participation. This will be made public as required under the regulation. More information is available from the Department of Environment and Local Government, 506/453-3700 or on-line at www.gnb.ca/0009/0377/0002/0008-e.asp or www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca.
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