Supreme Court of Nova Scotia denies stay

Posted on July 13, 2016

Stewiacke, Nova Scotia (July 13, 2016)

Today the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia denied the stay requested by the Sipekne’katik Band of the Industrial Approval issued to Alton Gas by the Nova Scotia Government.

Alton respects the decision of the Court.

An Appeal by Sipekne’katik Band is to be heard August 17 and 18, 2016. In the meantime, construction activity at Alton will continue this summer, with brining operations scheduled to begin later this summer in accordance with the Industrial Approval.

Alton has received all environmental and industrial approvals for its Project to build underground storage caverns for natural gas. The approvals for Alton are the outcome of an environmental assessment of the Project including an independent third party science review that concluded that the Project is unlikely to cause any significant adverse environmental effects.

Since 2006, Alton has been meeting with stakeholders including landowners, community members, government and the Mi’kmaq to share information and exchange viewpoints. Alton continues to openly invite the Sipkne’katik Band to participate in environmental monitoring of the Project and to enter into discussions about potential meaningful benefits for the community.
Natural gas and natural gas storage have an important role to play in Nova Scotia’s energy future. Salt caverns for natural gas storage 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. This is estimated to provide annual savings to Nova Scotia natural gas customers of $17 million. We commit to continuing our open dialogue with stakeholders about Alton, the Project’s environmental and safety safeguards, and opportunities Alton presents.

About Alton Natural Gas Storage L.P.
To help meet the increasing demand for affordable natural gas year-round in Nova Scotia and to support the demand for clean, reliable energy, Alton Natural Gas Storage L.P. is developing an underground natural gas storage facility and associated pipelines in the Stewiacke Salt Formation near Alton, Nova Scotia. The new gas storage facility will help stabilize Nova Scotia’s natural gas costs year-round by storing the gas in the summer months when the demand is low and withdrawing the gas in the colder winter months, when the demand is high. For more information, visit

About AltaGas Ltd.
AltaGas is an energy infrastructure business with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities. The Corporation creates value by acquiring, growing and optimizing its energy infrastructure, including a focus on renewable energy sources.

For further information, contact:

Lori Maclean – Project Public Relations
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AltaGas Ltd.
Media Relations
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