The representatives of Gazoduq have already met some twenty organizations in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, political, economic, and environmental, during a first phase of voluntary consultation.
According to a document sent this week by TACT Intelligence-conseil, it is estimated the side of Gazoduq that “in general, the process of information and consultation set up by the company is well received in the communities we have met along the corridor to the study, including the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, in the Haute-Mauricie and Abitibi. To this day, these initial consultations are designed to determine a preferred route for the underground pipeline of 750 km have allowed us to take the pulse of elected officials and regional agencies.”
This same document was also sent to the bodies consulted.
Recall that the project Gazoduq aims to link the port of Grande-Anse to the national transportation network of natural gas. A liquefaction plant would be built by LNG Quebec to transport the gas by ship in the international markets.
Thus, the three regional county municipality of Lac-Saint-Jean have been encountered, as are four chambers of commerce (Saguenay-Fjord, Saint-Félicien, Roberval and Lac-Saint-Jean-est), the UPA regional as well as seven clubs of snowmobiles and quads. On the side of environmental groups, they collected the impressions of the regional Council of the environment and sustainable development (CREDD) in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, watershed Organizations (OBV) of the Saguenay and Lac-Saint-Jean, the Association for the protection of lake Kénogami (APLK), the body Eurêko and ZIP Saguenay-Charlevoix.
According to Gazoduq, “these encounters have also found a chorus of voices in support of the protection of natural habitats unique to, for example eskers or wildlife refuges within the corridor studied. Representations have also been made as to the importance of considering the various uses of the territory to guide the selection of a possible path, for example, recreational activities, cultural or economic.”
“The Chamber of commerce has had the opportunity to speak with the company and the proponent is shown to be sensitive to this that the plot and the execution of the work to be of lesser impact. The CCISF is confident that the approach of the promoter will enable us to improve the environmental impact study which should be filed at the end of the next year. It is essential that this project is carried out in the respect of the environment and the population,” he said by e-mail Sandra Nightingale, the director-general of the Chamber of commerce and industry of Saguenay-Fjord.
“I’m not sure that it has been consulted, it has rather been informed. But we have not issued our opinion in the face of the project”, indicated the Progress Tommy Tremblay, the director general of the CREDD. He lamented that the project is not considered to be a single, namely the pipeline and the liquefaction plant. Thus, the CREDD has been met separately by LNG Quebec for the plant.
At this time, and until 18 January, the ministry of the Environment and the Fight against climate change collects the opinions on what should be included in the impact study carried out by the promoter. “We are going to participate in it. We are in the process of working with the advice of the environment of the Abitibi and Mauricie. We are going to make comments”, he announced. Tommy Tremblay, however, was disappointed that this period takes place in full-time Holiday.
Gazoduq is also committed to consult with First Nations prior to the project, which has already been initiated in the last year and that will continue in the coming months.
In addition, there will be at the beginning of 2019 information sessions, where citizens will be invited to give their feedback on the project. Initially, Saguenay was part of the selected cities. Alma has been added this week.