Minister of the Environment announces decision on proposed Wollaston Lake All-Weather Road Project



    OTTAWA, Nov. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency, today announced that the proposed Wollaston Lake Road Project in
northern Saskatchewan is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental
effects. The Minister has consequently referred the project back to the
responsible authorities, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, as well as
Western Economic Diversification Canada, for appropriate action.
    The Minister based his environmental assessment decision on the
conclusions and recommendations of the comprehensive study report submitted by
the responsible authorities; the results of a public comment period and the
responsible authorities' responses to those comments; and the implementation
of mitigation measures and a follow-up program.
    The Saskatchewan Department of Highways and Transportation (the
proponent) is proposing to construct and operate an all-weather road from
Highway 905 to the community of Wollaston Lake and the Hatchet Lake Denesuline
First Nation. The community is currently served by an ice road across
Wollaston Lake in the winter, a provincial barge in the summer and by light
aircraft year-round. The proposed road should help to reduce transportation
costs both into and out of the community, reduce the current level of
community isolation, improve access to off-site health and education services,
and potentially reduce cost of transporting in essential goods and fresh
foods.
    A copy of the Minister's environmental assessment decision statement can
be found on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa.gc.ca
reference number 05-03-08729.

    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal
environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects
of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of
sustainable development.





For further information:

For further information: Media may contact: Lucille Jamault, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0434


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