HALIFAX—A major regulatory hurdle was cleared three days before Christmas in Nova Scotia as the province’s environment minister Margaret Miller granted approval to the 62-kilometre Bear Paw Pipeline Project.
Texas-based Bear Paw Pipeline Corporation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of LNGL, is proposing to construct and operate the pipeline to supply natural gas to the proposed Bear Head LNG terminal to be built in Point Tupper, Richmond County on the Strait of Canso, indicates an LNGL statement. The 42-inch diameter steel welded pipeline will start in Goldboro, N.S., accessing sources that include the Maritimes and Northeast (M&NP) mainline, offshore gas and other supplies.
The Bear Paw pipeline corridor generally parallels the existing M&NP Point Tupper Lateral natural gas pipeline and the Sable Offshore Energy Inc. natural gas liquids pipeline, says LNGL on its website.
The pipeline was previously approved by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. Canada's National Energy Board and the U.S. Department of Energy have granted export licenses for the facility.
Studies in support of the environmental assessment included vegetation and wetland surveys, wildlife including moose surveys, fish and fish habitat surveys, marine environment surveys and archeological and heritage resources surveys, said LNGL. A Mi'kmaq Ecological Knowledge Study was also commissioned.
LNG produced at the Bear Head LNG terminal will be transported by LNG vessels to overseas markets.
The LNGL website indicates that a compressor station will be built near the southern end of the pipeline. The approval comes with 41 conditions.