B.C.’s Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman have issued environmental assessment certificates for three liquefied natural gas projects in northern B.C.
The three projects are the Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline, the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility in Prince Rupert and the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline.
To prevent or minimize adverse effects from the projects, each company proposed a number of significant route or design changes during the environmental assessment, based on feedback received during the process, according to a statement by the B.C. government.
Each project will require various federal, provincial and local government permits to proceed. The Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility is also the subject of a federal environmental assessment. The majority of provincial permits are provided through the BC Oil & Gas Commission, the primary operational regulator of oil and gas activities in BC. The Environmental Assessment Office will co-ordinate compliance management efforts with other government agencies to ensure that the office is satisfied that certificate conditions are met.
The Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline involves the construction and operation of up to two 860-kilometre natural gas pipelines from the Cypress Area in northeast BC to a new LNG terminal being proposed at Ridley Island near Prince Rupert. The estimated capital cost is $7.5 billion.
The $11.4 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility involves the construction and operation of an LNG export facility located on Lelu Island and adjacent water lots in the Port of Prince Rupert.
The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline involves the construction and operation of a 900-kilometre natural gas pipeline from near the District of Hudson’s Hope in northeastern B.C. to the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility. The estimated capital cost is $5 billion.
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