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N.S. government approves contentious proposal for underground gas storage

Project would develop three salt caverns about 1,000 metres underground

HALIFAX—A new underground natural gas storage facility in central Nova Scotia has been approved by the province.

Energy Minister Michel Samson says the province believes the project is safe and doesn’t threaten the environment.

Samson says the decision follows a thorough scientific assessment and consultations with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs and the Indian Brook Band.

The project, proposed by Alton Natural Gas Storage, was put on hold in late 2014 after Mi’kmaq protesters complained that the company had failed to consult with the local native community.

First Nations bands in nearby Millbrook and Indian Brook raised concerns about the potential impact on the Shubenacadie River and aboriginal title.

The project would see Alton develop three salt caverns about 1,000 metres underground.

The caverns would be linked by pipeline to the nearby Maritimes and Northeast pipeline.

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