The Notice of extension was posted to the CEAA information site on Saturday.
The extension is at the request of the CEAA which received new information from Pacific NorthWest LNG on March 4th that outlined additional details about the project and changes to its construction schedule and methods, with the CEAA now noting that this information has to be reviewed.
As well, the CEAA has requested additional information from Pacific NorthWest LNG when it comes to four areas of uncertainty that the Agency has identified, they include:
Effects of marine construction activities on fish and fish habitat and marine animals
Effects of marine structures on fish habitat including Flora Bank
Effects of construction noise and light on human health
Effects on current Aboriginal use of lands and resources for traditional purposes
|Catherine McKenna, the Federal Minister of|
Environment and Climate Change has
put a three month hold on any final decision
for the Pacific NorthWest LNG project
Those details can be reviewed here.
Prior to this weekend's developments, it had been anticipated that the Federal Cabinet was set to review the CEAA information this month and provide for its final environmental decision on the project.
With the extension, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna has put that process on hold for three months, while the CEAA and Pacific NorthWest LNG exchange information and complete the requirements on the outstanding issues.
That would mean that it will not be until at least June before residents of the North Coast gain some indication as to the fate of the much discussed and at times controversial industrial project.
To this point there has been no reaction from either Pacific NorthWest LNG officials or those of the parent Company Petronas of Malaysia related to the latest delay in the approval process for the proposed terminal at Lelu Island.
More background on the proposed development can be found on our Archive page here.