Belleoram Crushed Granite Rock Quarry Project : Environmental Assessment to Continue as a Comprehensive Study

    OTTAWA, March 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of
the Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency (the Agency), has determined that a comprehensive study
process is the most appropriate level of environmental assessment for the
proposed Belleoram Crushed Granite Rock Quarry Project in Newfoundland and
    The Minister based his decision on the report and recommendations
submitted by Transport Canada (TC), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). The report contains information
on the scope of the proposed elements of the project; the factors to be
considered in each department's environmental assessment; public comments
submitted to the responsible authorities; the potential of the project to
cause adverse environmental effects; and the ability of the comprehensive
study process to address issues relating to the elements of the project to be
studied by the responsible authorities.
    Two separate comprehensive studies, one by TC and DFO and another by
ACOA, are being undertaken in a single cooperative process. These departments
will continue with their own studies and submit a final joint report to the
Minister of the Environment. Minister Baird would also like to welcome the
input of Canadians, who will have the opportunity to formally comment on the
findings and recommendations.
    Continental Stone Limited is proposing to construct and operate a        
900 hectare quarry and associated marine terminal near the community of
Belleoram on the south coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. The development
proposal also includes road construction, set up of core sampling crusher and
associated equipment, removal of overburden, drilling, blasting and crushing
of the granite for transport by bulk carrier to international markets. The
quarry is expected to produce two to six million tonnes of aggregate per year
for approximately 50 years.  The proposed location is immediately north of the
community of Belleoram in Fortune Bay.

    For more information on this project and others in your area, please
consult the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at

    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 call: Robert Deslauriers, Canadian
Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0396,

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