Gas pipeline proponent asked for focus report8/30/2012
The proposed Alton natural gas pipeline project in Colchester County requires a focus report.
The provincial Environment Department said Wednesday it has completed its environmental assessment of the project.
But it wants proponent Alton Natural Gas Storage LP to provide, within a year, a report on alternative pipeline routes to avoid or reduce impacts on protected Crown lands, potential impacts on traditional and existing Mi’kmaq use of proposed project lands, and analysis of potential impacts on drinking water supplies, proposed mitigation, and monitoring and reporting plans.
The environmental assessment administrator will provide terms of reference for the preparation of the report within 25 days.
The environmental assessment branch will notify the public of the release of the report, which will be subject to a 30-day public review.
Veresen Inc. and AltaGas Ltd. co-own Alton Natural Gas Storage.
AltaGas controls Heritage Gas Ltd., Nova Scotia’s natural gas distributor.
Alton Natural Gas is developing a $50-million underground natural gas storage facility near Alton to meet demand for natural gas in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the northeastern United States.
The storage facility received environmental assessment approval from the provincial environment minister in December 2007.
The provincial Utility and Review Board is reviewing the plan.
Alton Natural Gas wants to build a 10.8-kilometre pipeline to connect the storage facility to Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline’s Halifax lateral.
The pipeline is estimated to cost $6 million to $10 million and would take about two months to build. It is planned to be in service in 2014-15.
A Stantec Consulting Ltd. environmental assessment report on the pipeline concluded that it is not likely to have significant adverse environmental effects.
Alton president David Birkett couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.
(The Chronicle Herald)