Environmental Impact Assessment (New Brunswick, Canada)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||New Brunswick|
|Name||Environmental Impact Assessment (New Brunswick, Canada)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Environmental Regulations|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy|
|Program Administrator||New Brunswick Environment and Local Government|
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process through which the environmental impacts potentially resulting from a proposed project are identified and assessed early in the planning process. EIA identifies steps that can be taken to avoid negative environmental impacts or reduce them to acceptable levels before they occur.
A phased Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for oil and gas development has been implemented in New Brunswick. This phased approach allows review of work to begin much earlier during the project planning phase, but also allows certain types of exploration activities to be undertaken along with the EIA process.
Projects that must go through an EIA include:
- all commercial extraction or processing of a mineral as defined in the Mining Act;
- all electric power generating facilities with a production rating of three megawatts or more;
- all water reservoirs with a storage capacity of more than ten million cubic metres;
- all electric power transmission lines exceeding sixty-nine thousand volts in capacity or five kilometres in length;
- all commercial extraction or processing of combustible energy-yielding materials, except fuelwood;
- all offshore drilling for, or extraction of, oil, natural gas or minerals;
- all waste disposal facilities or systems
- all disposal, destruction, recycling, reprocessing or storage of waste that originates outside New Brunswick and all facilities or systems for the disposal, destruction, recycling, reprocessing or storage of such waste;
- all sewage disposal or sewage treatment facilities, other than domestic, on-site facilities;
- all projects involving the transfer of water between drainage basins;
- all waterworks with a capacity greater than fifty cubic metres of water daily;
- all enterprises, activities, projects, structures, works or programs affecting any unique, rare or endangered feature of the environment;
- all enterprises, activities, projects, structures, works or programs affecting two hectares or more of bog, marsh, swamp or other wetland;
- all facilities for the processing of radioactive materials.
|Contact Name||Kimberly Allen|
|Address||20 McGloin Street|
|Place||Fredericton, New Brunswick|
|Zip/Postal Code||E3A 5T8|