Environment

Petitcodiac River causeway modification project receives EIA approval (06/12/06)

NB 1509

Dec. 6, 2006

FREDERICTON (CNB) - After an extensive review the Department of Environment has given approval to the proponent to select an option for the modification of the Petitcodiac River causeway, subject to conditions. Minister of Environment Roland Haché made the announcement today.

"The objective of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was to evaluate and compare the potential environmental effects of all project options, and to determine which of these would meet the fish-passage project objective," Haché said. "The EIA went through a harmonized federal-provincial review process to ensure that federal environmental regulatory requirements were also met."

It has been determined that all four options as outlined in the proponent's EIA met stated EIA requirements. The options are: permanently opening the causeway gates; replacing the causeway with a 170-metre-long bridge; replacing the causeway with a 280-metre-long bridge; and constructing a 315-metre-long bridge in the central portion of the existing causeway.

"Now that a decision has been taken under the EIA regulation, the proponent is expected to make a final recommendation to government with respect to which of the approved options is preferred," Haché said. "This preferred option will be based not only on environmental considerations, but also on design criteria, financial implications and federal-provincial negotiations."

Documents related to the project, including the complete list of EIA conditions and the summary of public consultation, including the report of the independent panel, are available online at www.gnb.ca (keyword: Environment), or by phoning 506-453-3700.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Environment, 506-457-7202; Noëlla Richard, communications, Pêches et Océan, 506-851-7045; Maurice Landry, communications, Transports Canada, 506-851-7562.

06/12/06