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Environmental Assessment Bulletin – News Releases

Environmental Assessment Bulletin – News Releases

The Honourable Bernard Davis is Minister of Environment and Climate Change and has announced the following events in relation to Part 10 Environmental Assessment of Environmental Protection Act.

REGISTERED UNDERTAKINGS

Carmanville New Pond Cottages Access Road (Reg. 2186)
Proponent: Wayne Hicks

The proponent proposes to construct a one-kilometre access road to 11 New Pond cabins. This is two kilometres east and eight kilometres from Route 330. The proposed access route would connect with the existing New Pond Road. A description of the project can be found on the Departments web page at https://www.gov.nl.ca/ecc/env-assessment/projects-list/.

The undertaking was filed on February 3, 2022. The deadline for public comments is March 11, 2022. And, the minister’s decision is due March 20, 2022.

Hickeys Pond Road Access (Reg. 2185)
Proponent: Burin Gold Corp.

The proponent proposes to construct a gravel road by upgrading an existing all terrain-vehicle trail. The access road would run approximately 12 kilometres from Swift Current on Burin Peninsula. It would measure 13.4 kilometres long and five metre wide. Construction would involve heavy equipment to widen and install culverts as well as a Bailey bridge. Construction is expected to begin in May 2022. A description of the project can be found on the Departments web page at www.gov.nl.ca/ecc/env-assessment/projects-list/.

The undertaking was registered on February 3, 2022. Public comment is open until March 11, 2022. The minister’s decision must be received by March 20, 2022.

Rebuild Transmission Line 94L from Blaketown to Riverhead (Reg. 2184)
Proponent: Newfoundland Power Inc.

The proposal is to rebuild Transmission line 94L, which runs 58 kilometres from Blaketown to Riverhead on the Avalon Peninsula. The proposed work would involve reconstruction of sections of line that no longer require maintenance. The work would be completed between 2022-2024 in three phases. A description of the project can be found on the Departments web page at www.gov.nl.ca/ecc/env-assessment/projects-list/.
The undertaking was registered on February 2, 2022. Public comment is open until March 11, 2022. The minister’s decision must be received by March 18, 2022.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT REQUIRED AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE APPOINTED:

Placentia Bay Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) (Reg. 2177)

Marine Terminal and Facility
Proponent: LNG Newfoundland and Labrador Limited

The minister advised the proponent that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was required for this project. The minister needs additional information, including updated baseline studies; potential impacts on seabirds and mitigations; potential effects and mitigations for seabirds, including the internationally-significant breeding colonies at Cape St. Marys Ecological Reserve and Lawn Bay Ecological Reserve; potential consequences on aquaculture and commercial and recreational fisheries; proposed carbon capture technologies and construction; liquefaction technique and process; risk analysis; mitigations and contingency planning; greenhouse gas emissions; and potential impacts on reaching emission targets; and potential conflicts with other land resources (e. Bordeaux Trail) and in offshore.

A committee called the Environmental Assessment Committee (EAC), has been established to provide technical and scientific advice to the minister, and to draft guidelines to the proponent in preparation of the EIS. The EAC is comprised of representatives from the following federal government departments:

  • Department of Environment and Climate Change
    • Chair of the Environmental Assessment Division
    • Climate Change Branch
    • Natural Areas Program
    • Division for Pollution Prevention
    • Water Resources Management Division
  • Executive Council
    • Office of Women and Gender Equality
  • Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture
  • Department of Health and Community Services
  • Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills
    • Workforce Development Secretariat
  • Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture
    • Forestry and Wildlife Branch
    • Crown Lands Administration Division
  • Department of Health and Community Services
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • Environmental Protection Operations
  • Transport Canada
    • Environmental Programs and Indigenous Relations

The draft guidelines will be available for public comment. For further information on this project, please contact Vicki Ficzere at (709) 729-2822 or email vickificzere@gov.nl.ca.

Learn more
Environmental Assessment Division
Department of Environment and Climate Change
West Block, Confederation Building
P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

See Also

Public comments may be forwarded to: EAProjectComments@gov.nl.ca

Environmental assessment information: www.gov.nl.ca/ecc/env-assessment/

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If you wish to submit comments on a project which is currently under environmental assessment, please let the Department know if you do NOT wish for your comments to be shared with the project proponent.

Media contact
Lynn Robinson
Environment and Climate Change
709-729-5449; 691-9466
lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca

2022 02 04
4:20 p.m.

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