June 2, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has granted environmental approval to Ocean Spray to develop a 775-ha (1,914-acre) cranberry bog in the Rogersville area under certain conditions.
Environment Minister Roland Haché announced today that the government had issued an environmental impact assessment (EIA) determination allowing Ocean Spray to develop the bog.
"I have determined that this project can proceed, subject to 25 safeguards to prevent harm to the environment," Haché said. "Such precautions are important for the protection of our environment and communities, which must remain sustainable for New Brunswick to reach self-sufficiency by 2026."
Those safeguards, spelled out in the certificate of determination, are expected to mitigate all potential environmental problems. The safeguards will protect water quality and quantity; fish habitat; rare plants; and archaeological resources. They will also ensure that appropriate environmental monitoring is put in place.
"The EIA process is a proactive planning tool that promotes sustainable development," Haché said. "The EIA process identifies how a project may potentially harm the environment. It gives the proponent the opportunity ahead of time to come up with ways to prevent such problems from occurring."
In accordance with the EIA regulation of the Clean Environment Act, the project was registered on Dec. 19, 2008, with the minister of Environment. The project will be completed in five phases over four years. The first phase, the construction of about 60 ha (150 acres) of cranberry beds, is scheduled to begin this month.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.