Many studies have been underway as part of the planning for
the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project. These studies look at
any impacts the Project might have on the northern environment
or way of life. Impacts may be positive, negative or neutral.
called environmental and socio-economic impact assessments
(EIAs/SEIAs) are required as part of the regulatory application
process. We must demonstrate our consideration of the Project's
potential impacts and explain our plans for managing them.
Environmental impact assessments (EIAs) include changes the
Project may have on the plants, animals, fish, water, soil
or air of an area.
Socio-economic impact assessments (SEIAs) include activities
that could affect lifestyle or create a change in a community's
social or financial well-being.
Public input is an important part of these assessments. We
will consider community feedback when planning how to manage
and monitor impacts.
The process for developing these studies includes the following
- Collect "baseline" information that describes
the existing environment or way of life in an area. This
includes Traditional Knowledge of areas that might be affected
by the Project.
- Review this information with affected communities and
interested organizations to make sure it is correct and
to decide what issues are most important.
- Through these consultations, understand why these issues
are important to individual communities and regions.
- Develop, with community input, ways to manage and monitor
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