May 15, 2019

Cancellation of the meetings with land owners, Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Transcription of the press briefing of Gazoduq

Cancellation of the meetings with land owners

15 May, 2019 

Hello and thank you for coming on such short notice,

As you may be aware, we had planned over the coming days to conduct regional meetings with owners located within our preferred planning area for the underground natural gas transmission line

It is with regret that we have made the decision to cancel the meetings that were scheduled this evening in Preissac and tomorrow in La Corne.

The main purpose of these meetings was to inform the owners of our request to access their land in order to carry out inventories of fauna and flora in the context of our environmental impact assessment.

However, at the first meeting held yesterday in D'Alembert, even if the meeting was not aimed at them, a group of mobilized citizens came forward and we agreed to let them attend in good faith.

Following the meeting, several owners shared with us their feelings of unease and discomfort regarding the presence of this group, which deprived them of their right to receive valuable and complete information and to share with everyone in a respectful setting.

Since this group of mobilized citizens have indicated they are planning similar representations at meetings scheduled for tonight and tomorrow, we have decided to cancel them.

We deplore this situation, which prevents a frank, courteous and transparent dialogue. We believe it is essential to have a space for dialogue dedicated to owners, since they have concerns that are unique to their situation.

This is a difficult decision in such a short time-frame, but we will continue to meet with the owners on an individual basis so that we can resume this dialogue and answer all their questions.

Thank you