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Notice of Impact Assessment Decision with Reasons

Ottawa — December 19, 2019 — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada has decided that an impact assessment is required for the Cedar LNG Project located in Kitimat, British Columbia.

In accordance with subsection 16(2) of the Impact Assessment Act (IAA), the Agency has taken into account each of the following factors:

  • The proponent's Detailed Project Description and its response to the summary of relevant issues. The Agency is satisfied that, for the purpose of determining whether an impact assessment is required, the information provided by the proponent adequately characterizes the potential effects of the Project;
  • The possibility that carrying out the Project may cause adverse effects within federal jurisdiction and adverse direct and incidental effects;
  • Adverse impacts that the Project may have on the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Canada recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982; and
  • Comments received from the public, Indigenous groups, federal authorities and other jurisdictions in relation to the Project including on the potential effects of the Project from marine shipping; greenhouse gas emissions and the Project's contribution to climate change; effects to marine mammals, shorebirds and waterfowl, and aquatic species at risk and their critical habitat; and effects to marine use and harvested species.

The Agency is not aware of any relevant regional or strategic assessments, and has considered information provided by the proponent on relevant studies conducted or plans prepared by another jurisdiction, in respect of the region in which the Project would be located.

In light of the factors considered, the Agency is of the view that the Project may cause adverse effects within federal jurisdiction, including potential effects on fish and fish habitat, aquatic species, migratory birds, and changes to the health, social, economic and environmental conditions of Indigenous peoples. The Project may also adversely impact the rights of several Indigenous groups. As a result, the Agency has decided that an impact assessment under the IAA is required.

For further information on this impact assessment, please contact:

Cedar LNG Project
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
210A–757 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3M2
Telephone: 604-666-2143
Email: IAAC.cedarlng-gnlcedar.AEIC@canada.ca
https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/proj/80208

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