Irving Oil submits Environmental Impact Statement for liquefied Natural Gas facility

Saint John, New Brunswick – Irving Oil announced today that it has submitted its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility for the government’s review and approval prior to public release. Once released to the public, the final government decision would be within 60 to 90 days.

“Today marks a significant milestone for our proposed LNG project,” said Gary Bischof, General Manager of Processing and Transportation at Irving Oil.“ After close to three years of assessing the environmental impact and the benefits of the project, we have submitted the results to government for their review. This project will build on existing energy infrastructure in the region to enhance the platform for future investment and economic opportunities.”

“Our LNG project has been subject to the most rigorous and thorough review that any similar LNG project has undergone over the last two years,” continued Mr. Bischof, “and we are pleased with the extensive study and high standard of diligence, transparency, and public input. We are particularly proud of the efforts of our Irving Oil team and the companies who have worked with us for two years to bring us very close to the finish line on the permitting process.”

Irving’s liquefied natural gas project was first announced in July 2001. Early and thorough public consultation on the project has included three public meetings in Saint John to address questions from the public and over fifty additional stakeholder sessions. This has ensured the involvement of the community in the environmental assessment process.

With this submission, the company’s permit application enters the final stages of the Environmental Impact Assessment process. More information on the public process, including a public meeting, will be available from the provincial government as the process continues.

About Irving Oil
Founded in 1924, Irving Oil is the regional energy processing, transporting, and marketing company focusing on customer service and supply chain management. Irving Oil serves customers in Eastern Canada, Quebec, and New England with a range of finished energy products, including gasoline, diesel, home heating fuel, jet fuel and complementary products and services. Irving Oil’s 250,000 barrel per day Saint John Refinery is Canada’s largest and produces fuels years ahead of environmental regulations. In 2003, Irving Oil became the first oil company to win a USEPA Clean Air Excellence award, which it won for its low sulphur gasoline.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Parker
Irving Oil, Public Affairs
(506) 202-2992