Alberta applauds federal approval of $ 2.3 billion pipeline expansion but denounces delay

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The Government of Alberta is pleased to announce that Ottawa has approved an expansion of the Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. gathering network. in Alberta – while condemning federal delays that he said cost this summer’s construction season.Federal Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan said the $ 2.3 billion expansion was approved by the government as part of a “commitment to move forward with good projects.” .

In a statement, he said the federal government has strengthened five conditions proposed by the Canadian Energy Regulator and added a new condition, changes designed to better meet Indigenous rights and to mitigate the impacts of construction on the caribou habitat.

He says the pipeline division owned by Calgary-based TC Energy Corp. will now be required to restore 3,840 hectares of caribou habitat, an area 30 times the size of habitat affected by the project, and that a group Indigenous labor must be trained to assist with the restoration plan and aftercare.

The project is expected to create up to 2,920 direct jobs during construction, according to the federal press release, while adding 344 kilometers of new pipeline to the existing Nova system from west of Red Deer in central Alberta to nearly Grande Prairie in the northwest of the province. .

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage says the expansion is a “key infrastructure project” for the province’s natural gas industry.

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