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Canadian government approves Towerbirch pipeline

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Canadians have told the government that the environment must be protected for future generations while stimulating the economy and creating good middle class jobs. The government is making responsible decisions about moving the energy resources to markets, while investing in environmental technologies and supporting the long term transition to a more carbon neutral energy mix.

Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, announced that the Government of Canada has approved the proposed expansion of the NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. Towerbirch pipeline (NGTL), subject to 24 mandatory conditions.

This CAN$439 million project involves the construction of two new pipeline sections totaling approximately 87 km and the development of the necessary facilities in northwestern Alberta and northeast of British Columbia. It will create up to 750 jobs during the construction phase, address the need to increase natural gas transmission capacity along the existing NGTL network, and support economic growth. It will be approximately 82% along existing rights-of-way or disturbances and 89% on private land.

In January 2016, the government announced interim principles to guide decisions on major resource projects already under review as longer term environmental assessment processes are pursued. The Towerbirch project was assessed against the provisional principles announced.

In its decision, the government took into account the report of the National Energy Board's recommendations for the project, the upstream greenhouse gas emissions estimate conducted by Environment Canada and Climate Change Canada and Public comments through an online questionnaire and in-depth consultations with Aboriginal peoples.

Carr stated: "By approving the proposed expansion of the Towerbirch pipeline subject to mandatory conditions, the government is applying its reasoned approach to the development and transportation of natural resources to create jobs and protect the environment.”

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