June 5, 2006

Participant funding available for Brunswick pipeline project hearings

OTTAWA, ONT-The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is making available $100,000 through its participant funding program to help interested individuals and non-profit organizations take part in the Brunswick natural gas pipeline project public hearings, to be held by the National Energy Board (NEB). Under a pilot project announced early last month by the Agency, the NEB review process will be substituted as a replacement method for conducting a panel-level federal environmental assessment of the Brunswick pipeline project. Hearing dates will be announced in the near future. Applications for funding are due by June 21, 2006 and should be sent to the Agency. These will be reviewed by a funding committee, independent from the NEB review panel, which will recommend the allocation of funds. Participants selected by the committee must also obtain intervener status with the NEB before they can receive funding. Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline Management is proposing to build a natural gas pipeline running approximately 145 km from the Canaport liquefied natural gas facility at Mispec Point in Saint John, New Brunswick to the international border near St Stephen, New Brunswick. There, it will interconnect to facilities still to be constructed. More information is available from Peter Bedrossian at the Agency, 613/957-0826, FAX 613/957-0496, E-mail peter.bedrossian@ceaa-acee.gc.ca, Web site www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca.

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