Methanex Medicine Hat Expansion Project - Public Comments Invited
OTTAWA, June 5, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of the strengthened and modernized
Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to
support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency must decide whether a federal
environmental assessment is required for the proposed Methanex Medicine Hat
Expansion Project located in Alberta. To assist it in making its decision, the
Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential
effects on the environment.
Methanex Corporation proposes the expansion of its existing methanol
production facility in Medicine Hat, Alberta via construction of a new
methanol production unit at the existing location. The production capacity at
the existing facility is approximately 0.5 million tonnes per year. The
expansion project would result in a further 1 to 1.3 million tonnes per year
of methanol production (an increase in methanol production of over 200
Written comments must be submitted by June 25, 2013 to:
Methanex Medicine Hat Expansion Project Canadian Environmental Assessment
#425, 10115 - 100A Street Edmonton, AB T5J 2W2
Fax: 780-495-2876 ProjetMethanexMethanolProject@ceaa-acee.gc.ca
To view a summary of the project description or for more information on the
project and on the environmental assessment process, visit the Agency's
website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (registry reference number 80045). All comments
received will be considered public.
The Agency will post on its website a decision stating whether a federal
environmental assessment is required.
If it is decided that a federal environmental assessment is required, the
public will have three more opportunities to comment on this project,
consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012.
Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are assessed using a science-based approach. If
the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it will continue to be
subject to Canada's strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and
follow-up, and increased fines.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal
environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects
of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of
media may contact: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Sofie McCoy-Astell
Communications Advisor Tel.: 613-960-1519 Sofie.McCoy-Astell@ceaa-acee.gc.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
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