Eider Rock Project, Marine Terminal - Environmental Assessment to Continue as a Comprehensive Study

    OTTAWA, Nov. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (The Agency), today announced that the comprehensive study process
currently underway is the most appropriate type of environmental assessment
for the proposed Eider Rock Project, Marine Terminal in Saint John, New
    The Minister based his decision on a report and recommendations submitted
by the responsible authorities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Transport Canada
and Environment Canada. The report contains information on the scope of the
project, the factors to be considered in the environmental assessment and the
scope of those factors, public concerns in relation to the project, the
potential of the project to cause adverse environmental effects and the
ability of the comprehensive study to address issues relating to the project.
The report is available on the Agency's Web site at (less
than)file://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca(greater than) www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca .
    The responsible authorities will now continue the comprehensive study and
the public will have an opportunity to participate in the development of the
Terms of Reference being developed by the proponent, Irving Oil. Updates on
the environmental assessment are available on the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Registry, reference number 07-03-28779, at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca .
    The responsible authorities will submit a final report to the Minister of
the Environment. At that time, the public will have an opportunity to comment
on the findings and recommendations of the report before the Minister renders
his final decision.
    The proposed development consists of the construction and operation of a
new petroleum refinery and associated land-based and marine-based
infrastructure for producing refined petroleum products for the domestic and
export markets.
    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will act as the Federal
Environmental Assessment Coordinator for this environmental assessment in
order to coordinate the participation of federal departments.

    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: Nicholas Girard, Senior 
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)

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