Gazoduq Takes Next Important Step
Montréal, October 22nd, 2019 – Gazoduq is pleased to confirm that it has filed its Initial Project Description, with the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC). With this filing, the company has taken another step in the federal impact assessment process for its underground natural gas transmission line project. The Initial Project Description highlights the significance and the rigour that underlie Gazoduq’s values and regulatory approach.
The Initial Project Description provides important information that includes the rationale for the project, the related activities, the elements associated with its infrastructure as well as a description of the associated environment. In short, it contains components that will be the subject of a joint assessment by the IAAC and the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).
Available on the IAAC website, the Initial Project Description also summarizes Gazoduq’s information and engagement efforts to date with the Indigenous and local communities. In that regard, the company recently confirmed it would be undertaking the next steps in its ongoing public consultation activities over the coming weeks in order to enhance the project and its environmental impact study. In particular, Gazoduq will consult with the regional response agencies this fall regarding safety and integrity issues to support development of emergency response plans.
The IAAC will undertake an initial period of engagement and consultation with the public and Indigenous groups regarding the Initial Project Description submitted by Gazoduq and will prepare a summary of the issues arising from the consultation. The IAAC consultation will take place on its website over a period of twenty (20) days.
As announced when the project was launched nearly a year ago, in parallel to the IAAC and CER processes, the project will also undergo a detailed analysis by the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC), which will include an assessment by the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE). The project will also follow the regulatory process of the Commission de protection du territoire agricole (CPTAQ) and apply for required permits from the appropriate Ontario authorities. Gazoduq is committed to participating fully in these processes.
At the same time, Gazoduq will continue to pursue its consultations with the Indigenous groups that may be impacted by the project.
Gazoduq plans to build an underground natural gas transmission line to supply its main client, the future liquefaction plant for the Énergie Saguenay project. This natural gas will be exported to Asia and Europe to replace more polluting forms of energy, like coal and oil. The project represents an investment of $5 billion, which will generate significant economic benefits for Quebec and Ontario, and will contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions worldwide.
“We are proud of our project and the thoroughness of the process we have put in place to improve it. Our ongoing consultations have and will continue to enable us to make enhancements, taking into consideration the concerns of Indigenous and local communities. The Gazoduq project will be designed, developed and operated in compliance with all applicable legislation and regulations.”
– Louis Bergeron, President, Gazoduq
Gazoduq Inc. is a Quebec company led by a highly skilled team with proven experience and expertise in large-scale natural gas transmission line projects in North America. It is supported by major investors with international expertise in developing large-scale natural gas projects. Gazoduq intends to build an underground natural gas line nearly 782 km long between northeastern Ontario and Saguenay, Quebec, in collaboration with the communities concerned, and to develop business partnerships with local companies. www.gazoduq.com
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