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Spectra begins environmental assessment process

Spectra Energy has started the environmental review process for its proposed Westcoast Connector Transmission project.

On March 21, Spectra submitted an Environmental Assessment Certificate Application on its Westcoast Connector Transmission Project, which would begin in the Cypress area and end at the BG Group's proposed liquefied natural gas export facility on Ridley Island, to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (B.C. EAO).

"This marks a key milestone for our project, and a step toward growing new markets for B.C.'s abundant natural gas supplies," said Doug Bloom, president of Spectra's Canadian LNG business, noting the application reflects Aboriginal and community engagement as well as research and field work.

The envisioned natural gas transportation corridor would allow for up to two pipelines with a total design capacity of 8.4 billion cubic feet per day.

The project is now in the 30-day application screening stage. If accepted by the B.C. EAO, the project will enter the application review stage.

The 8,000-page document will be made public during this stage and further opportunities for input would begin.

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