Notice of Commencement of an Environmental Assessment

Kingsvale-Oliver Reinforcement Project

Kingsvale; Oliver (BC)

February 9, 2012 -- On October 28, 2011, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) received a project description in accordance with the Establishing Timelines for Comprehensive Study Regulations.

Based on information it has received, the Agency has determined that the project is described in the comprehensive study list and that an environmental assessment pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act is required. As a result, a comprehensive study commenced on January 26, 2012.

FortisBC Energy Inc. is proposing to construct a new 161 km long natural gas transmission pipeline generally alongside the existing natural gas transmission pipeline between Kingsvale, B.C. and Oliver, B.C.

An environmental assessment is required in relation to the project because Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada may take action in relation to subsection 28(2) of the Indian Act. Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada are participating in this environmental assessment as they might be required to make a decision in respect of the project.

This project is also subject to the environmental assessment requirements of the Government of British Columbia.

As per the Cabinet Directive on Improving the Performance of the Regulatory System for Major Resource Projects, this environmental assessment has been identified as a major natural resource project. For additional information refer to the Major Projects Management Office's Tracker that monitors the progress of proposed major resource projects through the federal regulatory review system.

For further information on this environmental assessment, please contact:
Kingsvale-Oliver Reinforcement Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Jack Smith, Project Manager
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver  BC  V7Y 1C6
Telephone : 604-666-2431
Fax : 604-666-6990
Email :

and refer to Registry reference number 12-03-64738

Document Reference Number: 8

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