Government of Canada Approves the 2017 NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. System Expansion Project

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Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today announced the Government of Canada’s decision to approve the 2017 NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) System Expansion Project, subject to 36 binding conditions.

The $1.3-billion 2017 NGTL project will create up to 3,000 jobs during construction, address the need for increased natural gas transmission capacity along the existing NGTL system and support economic growth in Alberta and across the country. More than 90 percent of the project will parallel existing roads and pipelines.

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In January, the Government announced a set of interim principles to guide decisions on major projects already being reviewed while longer-term reforms to regulatory processes are underway. The 2017 NGTL project was assessed using the interim principles. In making its decision, the Government took into consideration the National Energy Board’s recommendation report on the project, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions, the views of Canadians gathered through an online questionnaire and enhanced consultations with Indigenous peoples. The outcomes of all of these processes are available to Canadians.

Source: Natural Resources Canada
Date: Oct 31, 2016