After conducting field surveys, consulting with some Indigenous communities, and factoring in criteria such as access to Canadian natural gas, a study corridor was identified between northeastern Ontario and the future natural gas liquefaction facility in Saguenay. It was specifically chosen to be far away from densely populated areas and takes into consideration avoiding several sensitive areas. A unique aspect of the project is that nearly 80% of the study corridor is on public land.
Following consultations with local and Indigenous communities, a preferred route, the most optimal and feasible from an environmental, socioeconomic, and technical standpoint will be identified. Several route alternatives will therefore be reviewed inside the study corridor. The preferred route will undergo another information sharing and public consultation process, as well as in-depth assessment by all relevant regulatory authorities afterwards. Click here to learn more about the information and consultation tour.
The criteria used to establish the preferred route are:
- Human presence
- Land use
- Natural environment
- Public and designated lands
- Natural areas
- Vegetation cover
- Wildlife habitats
- Water bodies
- Parks and recreational land
- Sites of historic, archeological, or cultural significance
- Presence of infrastructure such as roads, railways, dams and power lines
- Use or sharing of existing rights-of-way
- Accessibility of the natural gas transmission line