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Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

News Release

Public Comment Invited on Draft Agreement for the Joint Public Review of the Proposed Canadian Millennium Pipeline Project

OTTAWA - July 5, 1999 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) invites the public to comment on a draft agreement between the federal Minister of the Environment and the National Energy Board to establish a joint panel to review the proposed Canadian Millennium Pipeline Project (the project). Under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the National Energy Board, as the federal responsible authority for the proposed project, has referred the project to the Minister of the Environment for review by a panel. The Minister has decided to call a joint review panel.

The draft agreement includes procedures for appointing the joint panel members, provides proposed terms of reference for the joint panel, and outlines procedures for conducting the joint review process. The Agency will receive public comments on the draft agreement until end of business on August 5, 1999.

The composition of the panel as well as the availability of participant funding will be announced at a later date. Participant funding is a limited fund to help concerned citizens and groups take part in the key stages of the panel review process.

St. Clair Pipelines (1996) Ltd. and TransCanada PipeLines Limited, the project proponents, have filed applications with the National Energy Board regarding the construction of two natural gas pipeline facilities. The St. Clair proposal relates to a 74-km Millennium West Pipeline which would extend from Dawn, Ontario to the Lake Erie shoreline near Patrick Point, Ontario. This pipeline will interconnect with TransCanada's proposed Lake Erie Crossing Pipeline which would extend 97 km from the shore of Lake Erie to the international border beneath the lake. These two proposed pipelines will be considered together as a single project for environmental assessment purposes.

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Copies are also available on request. All comments should be addressed to Bruce Young, at the address below.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is a federal department reporting to the Minister of the Environment. Its mission is to provide Canadians with high-quality environmental assessments that contribute to informed decision making in support of sustainable development. Environmental assessment is a planning tool used to identify the possible adverse effects of development projects on the environment - the air, water, land and living organisms, including human populations.

For more information:

Gordon Harris
Sr. Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Tel: (819) 953-1856

To address comments:

Bruce Young, Panel Manager
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
200 Sacré-Coeur Blvd., 13th Floor
Hull, Quebec K1A 0H3
Tel: (819) 994-5227
Fax: (819) 997-4931
E-mail: bruce.young@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

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