Original language of petition: English
Thank you for your petition dated December 9, 2020, regarding the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project (the Project).
As you are aware, the Project is subject to an environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA?2012). The assessment was conducted by an independent expert Review Panel (the Panel). The Panel completed its review of the Project and issued its report on March 27, 2020.
As part of its review, the Panel considered the potential environmental effects of the Project, including how marine shipping would impact the area, as well as potential effects on birds, orcas and salmon, and cumulative effects that are likely to result from the Project. Furthermore, the Panel reviewed the Project’s potential economic, social and health effects.
After considering the Panel’s Report and consulting with expert federal departments, the Minister determined that additional information is required from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (the Proponent) to inform the Minister’s decisions on whether the Project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.
The Port Authority must provide additional information related to effects to Indigenous peoples, as well as to biofilm, migratory birds, fish and fish habitat, and Southern Resident Killer Whales.
This information request pauses the federal timeline for decision-making.
Once the Minister is satisfied that the requested information has been provided, the federal timeline will resume. The Port Authority’s responses to the information request will be posted to the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry.
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) will then host a public comment period and seek input on the Port?Authority’s responses. Additionally, the Agency will post the draft potential conditions online—a document outlining conditions that the Proponent must comply with to move forward with the Project. The public will be invited to submit comments on this document as well.
The next step will be for the Minister to make decisions on the significance of effects under CEAA 2012. The decisions will be based on science, facts and evidence, and informed by meaningful Indigenous consultation.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
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