Decision on Pacific NorthWest LNG likely to come after fall federal election

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According to an article in the Globe and Mail the review of the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project will likely be pushed back into the fall. The group led by Petronas wants to build an export facility on Lelu Island, and having a 1.6 kilometre suspension bridge carry a pipeline from the island that would extend over the northwest flank of Flora Bank.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will be focusing on the aforementioned bridge and a trestle in its review.

The suspension bridge would connect with a 1.1 kilometre trestle supported jetty that would be on the edge of Flora Bank and reach a marine terminal for LNG tankers.

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The review into Pacific NorthWest LNG initially began in April of 2013 however there have been a number of delays along the way. The CEAA put a stop to the review back on June 2. It’s unknown at this point when the review will continue, but it’s anticipated any final approval wouldn’t come until weeks after the federal election on October 19.

The agency is waiting for Pacific NorthWest LNG to provide more information on how the project will impact salmon in consultation with the Tsimshian First Nations.

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