Environmental Impact Assessment (New Brunswick, Canada)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place New Brunswick

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
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator New Brunswick Environment and Local Government
Primary Website http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/elg/environment/content/environmental_impactassessment.html

Last Review 2014-09-16


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.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Kimberly Allen
Division Environmental Assessment
Address 20 McGloin Street
Place Fredericton, New Brunswick
Zip/Postal Code E3A 5T8
Phone (506) 444-5382

Email kim.allen2@gnb.ca
Website http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/contacts/dept_renderer.139.200999.201005.201012.html#employees