Government of Canada Approves the NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. 2023 North Corridor System Expansion Project
OTTAWA, ON, May 4, 2021 /CNW/ - Today, the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O'Regan Jr., announced that the Government of Canada has approved the NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) 2023 North Corridor System Expansion Project with 37 conditions. This decision was based on facts, science, Indigenous knowledge, the public interest, and careful consideration of the concerns of potentially impacted Indigenous communities.
Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is a top priority for the Government of Canada. Over the past eleven months, Natural Resources Canada undertook extensive Crown consultations as part of fulfilling our duty to consult and accommodate and mitigate potential impacts on the rights and interests of Indigenous communities. These consultations followed a thorough review of the project by the Commission of the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).
The proponent must comply with 37 binding conditions related to safety, environmental and wildlife protection, Indigenous engagement, and protection of Indigenous rights and interests. As part of these conditions, NGTL will create 786 hectares of land for caribou habitat – thirty times more habitat than will be impacted by the project. NGTL will be required to establish an Indigenous Working Group for the Red Earth and Chinchaga Caribou Ranges. This will ensure Indigenous involvement in the efforts to create new caribou habitat, given the importance of caribou to their culture, traditional land and resource use, ad intergenerational transfer of knowledge.
This $632-million project is of significant importance to workers in Alberta. It will power our economic recovery by creating up to 1,740 jobs and contributing about $425 million to Alberta's GDP. The North Corridor Project provides natural gas producers better access to markets for their products and contributes toward the phase-out of coal-fired electricity by 2030. Supporting the phase-out of coal-fired electricity is a key part of the government's plan to fight climate change, exceed our Paris climate targets, and move forward on our path to reach net-zero by 2050.
This decision demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to moving forward with good projects that get our resources to diverse markets and create good jobs, while protecting the environment, species at risk and respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
"We want good projects to get done, moving our natural resources to new markets and creating jobs. This means meeting our duty to meaningfully consult with potentially impacted Indigenous communities and addressing risks to the environment and species at risk, particularly. By taking the time to do the hard work, good projects are being built in Canada."
The Honourable Seamus O'Regan Jr.
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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada
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