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Government of Nova Scotia

News Release

Whites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal: Draft Agreement Released for Public Comment on Joint Environmental Assessment Review Panel Process

OTTAWA/HALIFAX - August 11, 2003 - Federal Minister of the Environment David Anderson and Nova Scotia Minister of Environment and Labour Ronald Russell today released, for public comment, a draft agreement on the joint environmental assessment panel review process for the proposed Whites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal in Digby County.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and Nova Scotia Environment and Labour are now consulting the public on this agreement and welcome written comments. Comments in either official language must be received no later than September 18, 2003. After taking public comments into consideration, the draft agreement will be finalized and made public.

The decision to conduct a panel-level environmental assessment follows a request from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. This project is also subject to the Nova Scotia Environment Act.

"In deciding to refer this project to a review panel," stated Minister Anderson, "I believe that a public process will help Nova Scotians better understand the potential impacts of this project. Public discussion and debate are crucial elements in the review process."

"Public consultation is an important element in any major industrial project, especially one that could impact an important coastal area such as Digby Neck," said Minister Russell. "We believe the panel is the right approach for this project and we're pleased to be working together with our federal partners to conduct this process."

The proposal, submitted by Global Quarry Products Inc., is located at Whites Point in Digby County, Nova Scotia and consists of a 120 hectare basalt quarry and associated deep water marine terminal. Expected production is two million tonnes of aggregate per year.

A copy of the draft agreement is available on the Agency's Web site. The draft document can also be viewed at the following centres:

  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    Atlantic Region
    1801 Hollis Street, Suite 200
    Halifax
  • Nova Scotia Environment and Labour
    Yarmouth District Office
    13 First Street
    Yarmouth
  • Nova Scotia Environment and Labour
    5151 Terminal Road, 5th floor
    Halifax
  • Isaiah W. Wilson Memorial Library
    84 Warwick Street
    Digby
  • Annapolis Royal Branch Library
    Town Hall
    285 St. George Street
    Annapolis Royal

Please direct your comments to:

  • Steve Chapman
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    200 Sacré-Coeur Boulevard, 13th floor
    Gatineau QC K1A 0H3
    Tel.: (819) 997-2937
    Fax: (819) 997-4931
    E-mail: steve.chapman@ceaa-acee.gc.ca
  • Chris Daly
    Nova Scotia Environment and Labour
    5151 Terminal Road, 5th Floor
    P.O. Box 697
    Halifax NS B3J 2T8
    Tel.: (902) 424-2574
    Fax: (902) 424-0503
    E-mail: ea@gov.ns.ca

To register as an interested party and to be kept informed of the panel's activities, please provide a full mailing address, an e-mail address and/or a fax number, as applicable, to one of the contacts listed above.

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Information:

  • Elise Dhaussy
    Sr. Communications Advisor
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    Tel.: (819) 953-4054
  • John Perkins
    Communications Advisor
    Nova Scotia Environment and Labour
    Tel.: (902) 424-6427