SAINT JOHN , NB: Brunswick Pipeline announced today that a working committee has been established to help set the direction for the construction and restoration work being planned for the 2.4 km section, of the 145 km pipeline route, that will follow existing power transmission lines through Rockwood Park.
Represented on the committee with Brunswick Pipeline staff and resource personnel are the Saint John Horticultural Association, City of Saint John, Atlantic Coastal Action Program Saint John, and a resident of the area around Rockwood Park. To ensure a broad a range of community interests are represented on the committee, other organizations have been invited to join the committee as well.
During the National Energy Board public hearings process, Brunswick Pipeline committed to developing a specialized construction and restoration plan for Rockwood Park . The 2200 acre Park, the largest in-city park in Canada, is a popular recreation and walking area for Saint John residents and visitors alike.
“Our commitment was made to ensure that community concerns are addressed during construction, and that restoration activities help enhance park facilities, making more areas accessible to users of the park,” said Nancy MacLeod Manager, Government and Public Relations for Brunswick Pipeline.
“The new walking or cycling trail along the pipeline route will be developed to reflect its natural attributes and geography in a manner consistent with existing areas of the park that are now publicly accessible.”
The pipeline will extend 2.4 km through the north-east area of Rockwood Park following existing power transmission lines, from an entrance point off the Saint John throughway to its exit along Sandy Point Road. The terrain under which the pipeline will be buried includes heavily treed sections, bogs and rocky slopes with steep elevation changes. The route crosses the NB Trail and the Crystal Lake Trail, passes near Crystal Lake and a pond, and several water courses. Construction will take place through the winter months to ensure the least impact on the wildlife and insect populations in the Park, as well as to minimize the impact on watercourses and amount of inconvenience to Park users. The pipeline will not run through, or under, any of the park's lakes and the natural beauty of Rockwood Park will be preserved.
Brunswick Pipeline appreciates the enthusiasm of the members of the committee, as well as the interest of the public in the planned pipeline project. To facilitate public input and share the plans for the design of the new trail, the Committee plans to organize a public workshop session in August and a public open house in September. More information about these will be released as plans are finalized.
Members of the public who would like to provide input to the committee are also encouraged to call 1-888-491-3222 or send an email to emera.com.
About Brunswick Pipeline
Brunswick Pipeline is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emera Inc. (EMA-TSX) an energy company based here in the Maritimes. We are proud to support the addition of a new and abundant supply of clean-burning natural gas in our region. Brunswick Pipeline will deliver natural gas from the planned Canaport TM Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) receiving and re-gasification terminal near Saint John, New Brunswick to markets in Canada and the US northeast. The 145 kilometer pipeline will extend through southwest New Brunswick to an interconnection with the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline at the Canada/US border near St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Visit Brunswick Pipeline’s website at www.brunswickpipeline.com.
Nancy MacLeod, APR
Manager, Government and Public Relations
902 428-6902 902 237-3404 (after hours)
Community Relations Manager
506 693-4214 506 654-3065