Canadians have been told the environment must be protected for future generations while stimulating the economy and creating good middle-class jobs. The government is making responsible decisions about moving our energy resources to markets while investing in environmental technologies and supporting the long-term transition to a more carbon-neutral energy.
The Honorable Jim Carr , Minister of Natural Resources, today announced that the Government of Canada has approved the proposed expansion of the Towerbirch Pipeline of NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL), subject to 24 mandatory conditions.
This $ 439-million project involves the construction of two new pipeline sections totaling approximately 87 kilometers and the development of the necessary facilities in northwestern Alberta and northeast Of British Columbia. It will create up to 750 jobs during the construction phase, address the need to increase natural gas transmission capacity along the existing NGTL network, and support economic growth. It will be approximately 82% along existing rights-of-way or disturbances and 89% on private land.
In January 2016, the government announced interim principles to guide decisions on major resource projects already under review as longer-term environmental assessment processes are pursued. The Towerbirch project was assessed against the provisional principles announced.
In its decision, the government took into account the report of the National Energy Board’s recommendations for the project, the upstream greenhouse gas emissions estimate conducted by Environment Canada and Climate Change Canada and Public comments through an on-line questionnaire and in-depth consultations with Aboriginal peoples The findings can be found on Natural Resources Canada’s website .