The development and operation of an underground natural gas storage facility is highly regulated and requires many permits, licenses and approvals. Alton Natural Gas Storage has received all environmental and regulatory approvals to proceed with development.
Following extensive studies and consultation, Nova Scotia Environment issued two Environmental Assessment (EA) approvals for the project:
- Alton Underground Natural Gas Storage (approved in December 2007)
- Alton Gas Pipeline (approved in May 2013)
On January 21, 2016 the Government of Nova Scotia announced regulatory approvals for Alton Natural Gas Storage, including an industrial approval to operate the brine storage pond. Following thorough scientific assessment and extensive consultation, government determined the project is safe for the environment.