Archived - Keltic Petrochemical and Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities

Isaacs Harbour (NS)

Reasons for a Federal Assessment
Project Description
Environmental Assessment Report
Minister's Environmental Assessment Decision Statement
Final Decision
Follow-up Program

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Reference Numbers

Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry: 05-03-10471
Transport Canada: ES‑2004‑253

Environmental Assessment Type

Comprehensive study

Other Assessment Process

Government of Nova Scotia

Responsible or Regulated Authorities

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Transport Canada

Reasons for a Federal Assessment

On April 29, 2005, it was determined that an environmental assessment was required in relation to the project because Transport Canada considered taking action in relation to paragraph 5(1)(a) of the Navigable Waters Protection Act and Fisheries and Oceans Canada considered taking action in relation to subsection 35(2) of the Fisheries Act.

Project Description (as posted in the Notice of Commencement)

DFO and TC, each have a responsibility to ensure that an environmental assessment is conducted in accordance with the Act. As outlined in the Act, section 15(1), the scope of the project to be assessed is determined by the RA. TC has determined, based on the anticipated NWPA section 5(1)(a) trigger under the Law List Regulations of the Act, that the scope of the project for the purposes of TC's environmental assessment will be the construction, operation, maintenance, modification and decommissioning of the following components: LNG Terminal, marine transfer pipelines, the LNG storage tanks, the marginal wharf, any temporary marine facilities and structures and equipment that are connected with the movement of goods between ships and shore, the regassification plant. DFO has determined, based on the anticipated Fisheries Act, section 35(2) trigger under the Law List Regulations of the Act, that the scope of the project for the purposes of DFO's environmental assessment will be the construction and operation of the marginal wharf. Operation of the marginal wharf does not include shipping, but does include docking and deberthing of vessels. DFO and TC will work together to conduct a single federal assessment process that will allow both RAs to fulfill their respective responsibilities under the Act, in a unified non-duplicative manner.

Environmental Assessment Report

Comprehensive Study Report

Minister's Environmental Assessment Decision Statement

Environmental Assessment Decision Statement

Final Decision

A decision was taken on March 14, 2008 and was that the authorities may exercise any power or perform any duty or function with respect to the project because, after taking into consideration the comprehensive study report and taking into account the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, the authorities are of the opinion that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

Follow-up Program

It was determined that a follow-up program to verify the accuracy of the environmental assessment and/or determine the effectiveness of any measures taken to mitigate the adverse environmental effects is required for this project. For further information or to obtain a copy of the follow-up program, please contact Transport Canada.