January 31, 2005

Rabaska LNG terminal project referred for full EA panel review

OTTAWA, ONT-The Rabaska project, proposed by Gaz MÈtro, Gaz de France and Enbridge, will be referred to an environmental assessment review panel, based on a report and recommendation by the responsible authorities, the National Energy Board, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency. Federal Environment Minister StÈphane Dion announced his decision on January 20, noting, "The Rabaska Project will be assessed within the framework of the Canada-Quebec Agreement on Environmental Assessment Co-operation." The companies are proposing the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal located at the limits of the city of LÈvis and the municipality of Beaumont, Quebec. The terminal would have two storage tanks, a jetty to receive the LNG tankers, pumping, compression and vaporizing facilities. Related facilities include a pipeline of approximately 50 km to connect the terminal to the existing facilities of Trans QuÈbec & Maritimes Pipeline in St Nicolas. The project is subject to the federal environmental assessment process pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Draft federal directives, which will guide the preparation of the environmental impact statement (EIS), will soon be released for public comment. The federal guidelines will then be finalized and sent to the proponents so that they can complete their EIS. Meanwhile, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has established a participant funding program to help the public take part in the panel review of the Rabaska project. Up to $100,000 is available to enable individuals and organizations to take part in the review of the impact statement of the project and in the public hearings to follow. Funding applications are due at the Agency no later than February 21, 2005. Information on the Rabaska project, along with the Participant Funding Program Guide containing program details and application forms, may be found on the Agency's Web site, www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca.

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