Jan. 28, 2019

Public Consultations for the Gazoduq Project

The public is invited to come and learn about the project and to share their knowledge of the region

 

Montreal, January 28, 2019 – Gazoduq Inc. is announcing today the detailed calendar for 17 information and public consultation meetings that will be held over the coming weeks. The company encourages all residents to attend.

These public meetings are part of the information and consultation process, launched in November 2018, to identify a route which strives to minimize the impacts of constructing an underground natural gas transmission line, about 750 km long, between northeastern Ontario and Saguenay. Meeting participants will have the opportunity to talk with Gazoduq representatives about every aspect of the project, including potential impacts, opportunities, and the topics to be examined by the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA).

Meeting locations were selected to enable broad participation by residents located along the study corridor.

 

City Dates and times Location
Val-d’Or Friday, Feb. 15, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Le Forestel
1001 3e Avenue Est,
Val-d’Or, QC J9P 0J7
Amos Saturday, Feb. 16, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Amosphère
1031 Route 111 Est,
Amos, QC J9T 1N2
Rouyn-Noranda Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Centre des congrès, Le Noranda
41 6e Rue,
Rouyn-Noranda, QC J9X 1Y8
La Sarre Monday, Feb. 18, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Club de l’âge d’or, Saint-André
11 4e Avenue Ouest,
La Sarre, QC J9Z 2X9
Senneterre Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Salle des Chevaliers de Colomb
191 5e Rue Ouest,
Senneterre, QC J0Y 2M0
Saguenay Friday, Feb. 22, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Le Montagnais
1080 Boul. Talbot,
Chicoutimi, QC G7H 4B6
Roberval Sunday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Sunday, Feb. 24, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Château Roberval
1225 Boulevard Marcotte,
Roberval, QC G8H 2P1
Alma Monday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hôtel Universel
1000 Boulevard des Cascades,
Alma, QC G8B 3G4
La Tuque Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Complexe Culturel Félix-Leclerc
725 Boulevard Ducharme,
La Tuque, QC G9X 3B4
Black River - Matheson Tuesday, Feb 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Black River – Matheson Community Centre
1 Arena Ave,
Matheson, ON  P0K 1N0
Larder Lake Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Municipal Gymnasium and Banquet Hall
69 Fourth Ave.
Larder Lake, ON  P0K 1L0
Kirkland Lake Thursday, Feb. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Heritage North
400 Government Rd W,
Kirkland Lake, ON  P2N 3M6

 

Improved information and consultation process

Gazoduq has prepared an extensive information and consultation process to inform the public and interest groups from the target regions about every aspect of the project, so they have the opportunity to communicate their concerns and suggestions to the project developer. Technical work sessions have been held since mid-January with key regional stakeholders such as environmental groups, hunting and fishing associations, recreational tourism clubs, and representatives from the RCMs and municipalities along the project corridor. The work sessions led to constructive discussions about the project components and about issues specific to each region. The stakeholders’ proposals also helped improve the upcoming public consultations, in part by adding additional meeting locations. The public consultations announced today will be followed by a series of theme workshops and regional work groups.

Additional information about the project and the consultation process is available on the project’s website: www.gazoduq.com

 

Study corridor: striving to minimize impacts

Gazoduq is currently studying a corridor between northeastern Ontario and the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. This corridor, which is designed to avoid densely populated areas, also takes into consideration sensitive areas, such Lac Saint-Jean, the Gouin Reservoir, Lac Abitibi and woodland caribou habitats, and protected areas and places of recreational interest (ZECs, outfitters, etc.). The final selected route will avoid the protected areas and national parks within the corridor under study.

 

A project that contributes to energy transition

The Gazoduq project will provide Canadian natural gas to its main customer, Énergie Saguenay, a future natural gas liquefaction (LNG) complex located in the Port of Saguenay. The plant will be powered by hydroelectricity which will reduce its GHG emissions by 85 % compared to similar facilities elsewhere in the world. Énergie Saguenay will set an environmental performance benchmark in the industry as well as contributing to global efforts against climate change by promoting greater use of natural gas instead of coal or oil in Europe and Asia.

 

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— “As soon as the natural gas transmission line was announced, we began the process of striving to minimize project impacts by initiating multi-level engagement with local communities all along the study corridor. Beginning in mid-November, we held a number of insightful meetings, which indicated that our approach was appreciated. We look forward to the collaborative public consultation sessions which will help to improve our project.”

– Louis Bergeron, President, Gazoduq

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About Gazoduq Inc.

Gazoduq Inc. is a Quebec company led by a highly skilled team with extensive experience and expertise in large-scale North American natural gas transmission line projects. It is supported by major investors with international expertise in developing large-scale natural gas projects. Gazoduq intends to build an underground natural gas transmission line, approximately 750 km long, between northeastern Ontario and Saguenay, Quebec, in collaboration with local communities and through the development of business partnership with local companies.

www.gazoduq.com

 

Information and requests for interviews:

Joëlle Brodie
Senior Advisor, Communications and Media Relations

Gazoduq
jbrodie@gazoduq.com
581-221-2960