Monday, December 16, 2013

Federal Funding allocated to local organizations for LNG Environmental Assessment

On Friday, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency outlined its funding allocations for four local First Nations and four groups with environmental concerns regarding the proposed Prince Rupert LNG development in the region.

That project which is part of the proposal from the BG Group, would see an LNG terminal built on Ridley Island. One of three major LNG projects announced for the North Coast region in the last year.

The funding announced from Friday will enable participation in the upcoming environmental assessment of that project, that will include reviewing and providing comments on the Environmental Impact Statement and the draft Environmental Assessment Report.

Towards that process, a total of $241,036 dollars has been made available to the eight participants, as part of the Participant Funding Program.

Among those First Nations receiving funding on Friday were:

Kitsumkalum First Nation -- $49,976
Metlakatla First Nation-- $50,000
Gitxaala Nation -- $49,200
Lax Kw'alaams Band-- $49,940

Groups with environmental concerns to receive funding included:

Skeena Wild Conservation Trust -- $9,700
T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation -- $10,500
Prince Rupert Environmental Society -- $10,500
United Fishermen and Allied Workers' Union-- $10,500

Some background on the funding announcement can be found from this media release from the CEAA.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Project archive regarding the Prince Rupert LNG project can be found here.

For more background on LNG development on the North Coast, you can visit our archive of LNG projects. There you will find a  variety of times that provide some history on all of the various projects currently in some form of development on the North Coast, you can find that archive here.

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