The Chairs meet regularly to share information and ensure that decisions within their mandates are made in a timely and coordinated manner. They represent the Inuvialuit Game Council, Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board, Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, NWT Water Board, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the National Energy Board.
"By confirming established timelines now to process an application, the committee members are setting a firm foundation to meet expectations for a thorough, timely and transparent processing of an application once it is filed," said National Energy Board Chairman Ken Vollman, speaking on behalf of the Chairs' committee.
The next steps reflect commitments established in the Cooperation Plan for the Environmental Impact Assessment and Regulatory Review of a Northern Gas Project through the Northwest Territories. It was published in June 2002.
The Chairs agreed that by setting key dates they are demonstrating their commitment to the people of the north and all interested parties in the application process, which will continue to be transparent and open to public scrutiny.
The Chairs agreed to the following next steps:
"The commitments made by Chairs today will ensure that the various boards and agencies are prepared to process an application by July," said Brian Chambers, Executive Director of the Northern Gas Project Secretariat.
The Chairs expect to meet again in Inuvik in April.
The Northern Gas Project Secretariat was established to ensure that the public has easy and efficient access to information related to the environmental assessment and regulatory review of the Mackenzie Gas Project, and to coordinate public involvement.
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