Canadian Government OKs Towerbirch Expansion

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The Government of Canada’s has approved NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.’s Towerbirch Expansion Project, subject to 24 binding conditions.

The $439-million project will involve the construction of two new pipeline sections totalling approximately 54 miles along with associated facilities in northwest Alberta and northeast British Columbia.

In January 2016, the Government announced a set of interim principles to guide decisions on major projects already being reviewed while longer-term reforms to environmental assessment processes are underway. The Towerbirch project was assessed using the interim principles.

In making its decision, the Government took into consideration the National Energy Board’s recommendation report on the project, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions, and the views of Canadians gathered through an online questionnaire and enhanced consultations with Indigenous peoples.

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