The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has initiated
the 20-day public review process required
under the Canadian Evironmental Assessment Act,
2012 ("CEAA, 2012") for the Prince Rupert Gas
Transmission Project. The project proponent, Prince Ruper Gas
Transmission Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada
Pipelines Limited), filed its project description on May
21, 2013, commencing the 45-day federal screening
process required to screen a designated project and
to determine whether a federal environmental
assessment is required. The public review
process follows the requisite 10-day period during
which the Agency can request further information not provided in a
The new federal screening provisions were enacted under CEAA,
2012 to further implement the Government of
Canada's Responsible Resource Development initiative
(briefly described in our previous
blog post). The key elements of the intiative have been
instituted largely under the new CEAA process. In addition to
streamlining the time period for federal reviews of major projects,
the process also assists in reducing duplication in the review
process ("one project, one review"), strengthening
environmental protection (using a science-based approach) and
enhancing Aboriginal consultation (by coordinating consultation
through one agency, the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Given the length and diameter of the new facilities
(pipeline) being proposed for the project, the
project meets the critera established
for prescribed reviewable projects under the British Columbia
Reviewable Projects Regulation. Therefore, the
project will also require a BC Environmental Assessment. Now
that the project description has been filed, the BC Environmental
Assessment Office may request that the environmental assessment
process be substituted in accordance with the BC/Canada MOU on the
Substitution of Environmental Assessments (2013) (see our
blog post on the MOU).
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