To prepare for the regulatory review process, in depth impact assessments will be conducted in the field along the entire length of the preferred route.
These assessments will identify potential environmental impacts on plants, wildlife and wetlands, and recommend suitable mitigation measures. Sensitive areas are to be avoided and if avoidance is not possible, appropriately mitigated measures will be recommended.
A final survey of the implementation of all mitigation measures indicated in the impact assessments will be conducted.
Natural gas is not like oil. Lighter than air, it rises and then quickly disperses into the atmosphere without leaving a trace. Natural gas is insoluble. An underwater leak will cause bubbles to form that will rise quickly to the surface and then dissipate into the air, unlike petroleum products which will generally float on water before evaporating.