Court decision regarding appeal of Industrial Approval
Posted on January 30, 2017
Today the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia released a decision setting aside the Minister of Environment’s April 18, 2016 decision to dismiss an Appeal by Sipekne’katik First Nation. The Court has ordered the matter be referred back to the Minister for further action. The Industrial Approval remains in effect for Alton and the Court did not issue a stay against further project work. A copy of the decision is available on The Courts of Nova Scotia website here.
Alton respects the decision of the court and will work constructively with the Government of Nova Scotia and Sipekne’katik First Nation to understand next steps. We remain committed to the project and to working closely with members of the Mi’kmaq community regarding environmental protection and community benefits.
Since 2006, we have been meeting with stakeholders including landowners, community members, government and members of the Mi’kmaq community to share information and exchange viewpoints.
Natural gas and natural gas storage have an important role to play in Nova Scotia’s energy future. Underground salt caverns are a proven and safe system for storing natural gas. Storage of natural gas will allow consumers to use natural gas bought during times of lower pricing, helping to ensure reliable and affordable supply of this clean-burning fuel.
We commit to ongoing, open dialogue with all stakeholders about Alton, the Project’s environmental and safety safeguards, and opportunities Alton presents for Nova Scotians.
For more information on the Alton Natural Gas Storage Project, please visit www.altonnaturalgasstorage.ca
For further information, contact:
Lori Maclean – Project Public Relations