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craneSpotter Oct 18, 2018 2:17 PM

Port Alberni LNG plan submitted to provincial environmental office

Oct 18, 2018 Times Colonist -


The Kwispaa LNG project proposed for Port Alberni took a step forward Wednesday as its proponents submitted a project description to the provincial environmental assessment office.
The filing will allow the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and its provincial equivalent to determine whether an environmental assessment is required and to provide information to any parties who may be affected by the project.
The Kwispaa LNG export facility is a joint project between Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations.

jawagord Oct 23, 2018 8:06 PM

And so it begins
NEB agrees to hear jurisdictional challenge over key LNG Canada pipeline
Challenger says the pipeline, which is an important component in the LNG Canada facility, should be considered a federal project

The energy board says Sawyer’s jurisdictional challenge was received in July. Comment was then provided by Coastal, which is a subsidiary of TransCanada Corp., and Sawyer was allowed to reply.

It says Sawyer argues that because TransCanada operates the pipeline and the connected Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. system together, they are in fact a single federal undertaking.

In reply, according to the NEB, Coastal accuses Sawyer of pursuing a “vexatious” litigation designed to frustrate upstream natural gas development in B.C., further charging it’s not a coincidence that his complaint was made as the project was finally proceeding, not years ago when it was approved.

MalcolmTucker Oct 23, 2018 8:11 PM

It is interesting, because there have been many court cases on which level of government regulates Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. It was provincial for a long time, when it wasn't operated by the same company as TransCanada.

But, with things like power transmission it is all connected but almost all at the provincial level.

So the challenge should fail, but if the feds wanted to take over regulation, that would succeed. Not sure the courts could force the feds to do something they didn't want.

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