A major milestone was reached in early April when Prince Rupert Gas Transmission submitted its application for an environmental assessment certificate to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). The submission came after more than a year of Aboriginal engagement and meetings with communities, landowners and other stakeholders along the proposed route. During that time, thousands of hours were spent in the field analyzing a wide range of environmental and technical aspects of the project.
The application consists of more than 8,500 pages of text, maps and tables. The content of the application was directed by the Application Information Requirements (AIR) issued by the EAO in the Fall of 2013. Developing the AIR included a public comment period, open houses, and input from the EAO working group whose members represent federal, provincial and local government and Aboriginal groups.
Starting on April 2, the application was subjected to a 30-day completeness review by the EAO and the working group. The review ensured that the application met all of the Application Information Requirements. A 180-day review period followed, including a 45-day public comment period.
The EAO prepared a report based on its review of the application, input from the working group, as well as comments received from the public, and submitted recommendations on the proposed project to the Ministers of the Environment and Natural Gas Development.