February 14, 2005

Draft EIA guidelines issued for proposed Rabaska LNG project

OTTAWA, ONT-The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has released draft guidelines for the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIA) for the proposed Rabaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in LÈvis/Beaumont, Quebec. The proponents of the Rabaska project, Gaz MÈtro, Gaz de France and Enbridge, plan to build a terminal comprising two storage tanks, a jetty to receive the LNG tankers, pumping, compression and vaporizing facilities and a pipeline of approximately 50 km to connect the terminal to the existing facilities of Trans QuÈbec & Maritimes Pipeline, in St Nicolas. The draft guidelines, which set out the issues the proponents will be required to address in their EIS, may be viewed on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's Web site, www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca. Written comments are due by March 7 2005 and should be directed to Marie-France Therrien, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, 160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor, Ottawa K1A 0H3, 613/957-0748, FAX 613/957-0941, E-mail marie-france.therrien@ceaa-acee.gc.ca. After taking public comments into consideration, the Minister of Environment will issue finalized guidelines to the proponents.

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