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Environmental Assessment Office

Project Withdrawn

Aurora LNG Digby Island Project
– Nexen Energy ULC

The Aurora LNG Digby Island Project proposed by Nexen Energy ULC has been withdrawn from the Environmental Assessment Process under the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act. Read More »

October 17, 2017

Public Comment Period Closed

Ajax Mine Project
– KGHM Ajax Mining Inc.

The public comment period on the joint federal Comprehensive Study/provincial Assessment Report, the provincial Summary Assessment Report, proposed conditions, and proposed certified project description for the proposed Ajax Mine Project is now closed. The EAO thanks participants for their time and efforts to submit comments. The EAO is now reviewing all comments and preparing a summary of public comments for inclusion in the decision package for provincial ministers. The EAO will also consider revisions to the draft provincial documents, where appropriate. Once a decision package is referred to Ministers, a notice will be posted on the EAO website. Read More »

October 11, 2017

Extension of the Application Review Time Limit

BURNCO Aggregate Project
– BURNCO Rock Products Inc.

In response to a request made by BURNCO Rock Products Inc., the Executive Director has issued an Order under section 24(4) of the Environmental Assessment Act extending the assessment of the BURNCO Aggregate Project. The review is extended for 115 days until December 8, 2017. Read More »

October 6, 2017

Procedural Order Varied

BURNCO Aggregate Project
– BURNCO Rock Products Ltd.

EAO has varied the procedural order for the environmental assessment of the proposed BURNCO Aggregate Project. Read More »

October 6, 2017

Substantially Started Decision

Upper Lillooet Hydro Project
– Upper Lillooet River Power Limited Partnership

The EAO Associate Deputy Minister has determined that the Upper Lillooet Hydro Project has been substantially started. The environmental assessment certificate will remain in effect for the life of the project. Read More »

September 6, 2017

Substantially Started Decision

Big Silver Creek Waterpower Project
– Big Silver Creek Power Limited Partnership

The EAO Associate Deputy Minister has determined that the Big Silver Creek Waterpower Project has been substantially started. The environmental assessment certificate will remain in effect for the life of the project. Read More »

September 6, 2017

Substantially Started Decision

Tretheway Creek Waterpower Project
– Tretheway Creek Power Limited Partnership

The EAO Associate Deputy Minister has determined that the Tretheway Creek Waterpower Project has been substantially started. The environmental assessment certificate will remain in effect for the life of the project. Read More »

September 6, 2017

Substantially Started Decision

McLymont Hydroelectric Development Project
– AltaGas Renewable Energy Incorporated

The EAO Associate Deputy Minister has determined that the McLymont Hydroelectric Development Project has been substantially started. The environmental assessment certificate will remain in effect for the life of the project. Read More »

September 6, 2017

Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment Granted

Fording River Operations Swift Project
– Teck Coal Limited

Teck Coal Limited has received an Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment for the Fording River Operations Swift Project. Read More »

August 24,2017

Procedural Order Varied

Bingay Main Coal Project
– Centermount Coal Ltd.

EAO has varied the procedural order for the environmental assessment of the proposed Bingay Main Coal Project. Read More »

August 23, 2017

Section 24(2) Suspension Order

Aurora LNG Digby Island Project
– Nexen Energy ULC

The 180 day application review period for the Aurora LNG Digby Island Project has been suspended. Read More »

August 23, 2017

Public Comment on Certificate Exemption Requests

Progress Energy Lily Dam
– Progress Energy Canada Ltd.

A 28 day public comment period on the application will start on August 24, 2017 and end on September 21, 2017. All written comments received by online form, fax or mail during this time period in relation to the application will be considered. Read More »

August 17, 2017

Public Comment on Certificate Exemption Requests

Progress Energy Town Dam
– Progress Energy Canada Ltd.

A 28 day public comment period on the application will start on August 24, 2017 and end on September 21, 2017. All written comments received by online form, fax or mail during this time period in relation to the application will be considered. Read More »

August 17, 2017

Application Not Accepted

Red Mountain Underground Gold Project
– IDM Mining Ltd.

EAO has concluded that the application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the proposed Red Mountain Underground Gold Project does not satisfy the Application Information Requirements and has decided not to accept the application for review. Read More »

August 16, 2017

Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment Granted

Fording River Operations Swift Project
– Teck Coal Limited

Teck Coal Limited has received an Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment for the Fording River Operations Swift Project. Read More »

August 15, 2017

Section 11 Order Issued

Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project
– South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink)

EAO has issued a procedural order that establishes the formal scope, procedures and methods concerning the environmental assessment for the proposed Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project. Read More »

August 8, 2017

Public Comment Period Open on Joint Federal-Provincial Report & Proposed Provincial Conditions

Ajax Mine
– KGHM Ajax Mining Inc.

The public comment period for the Ajax Mine Project is now open and will end on October 10, 2017. The joint federal Comprehensive Study/provincial Assessment Report, and the provincial Summary Assessment Report, proposed conditions, and proposed certified project description are now available for review and comment in the Project Information & Collaboration application. Read More »

August 8, 2017

Substantial Start Decision

Meikle Wind Energy Project
– Wind Energy Limited Partnership

The EAO Associate Deputy Minister has determined that the Meikle Wind Energy Project has been substantially started. The environmental assessment certificate will remain in effect for the life of the project. Read More »

August 2, 2017

Public Comment on Joint Federal-Provincial Report & Proposed Provincial Conditions

Ajax Mine Project
– KGHM Ajax Mining Inc.

The BC Environmental Assessment Office is providing notice of an upcoming opportunity for the public to comment on the coordinated federal-provincial environmental assessment for the Ajax Mine Project. A public comment period will start on August 8, 2017 and end on October 10, 2017. The public will have the opportunity to submit comments on the joint federal Comprehensive Study/provincial Assessment Report, and the provincial Summary Assessment Report, proposed conditions, and proposed certified project description for the proposed Ajax Mine Project. These documents will be posted to the BC Environmental Assessment Office website on August 8, 2017.

August 1, 2017

Public Comment Period Closing

Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project
– South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority

The proposed Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project’s public comment period regarding the Valued Components document closes on July 26, 2017 at midnight. EAO posts public comments and the proponent’s responses to the issues raised in the project information & collaboration application (EPIC). An additional public comment period will be held after South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority submits its application for an environmental assessment certificate. Read More »

July 26, 2017

Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment Granted

Woodfibre LNG
– Woodfibre LNG Limited

Woodfibre LNG Limited has received an Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment for the Woodfibre LNG. Read More »

July 12, 2017

Public Comment and Open House on Application

Revelstoke Generating Station Unit 6
– BC Hydro and Power Authority

The public is invited to obtain information about and comment on the application for an environmental assessment certificate for the proposed project. Open houses will be held in Summerland, BC on July 19, 2017 and in Revelstoke, BC on July 20, 2017. A 44 day public comment period on the application will start on July 19, 2017 and end on September 1, 2017. All written comments received by online form, fax or mail during this time period in relation to the application will be considered. Read More »

July 12, 2017

Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate

Revelstoke Generating Station Unit 6
– BC Hydro and Power Authority

The Environmental Assessment Office has formally accepted an Application from BC Hydro and Power Authority for an environmental assessment certificate for the proposed Revelstoke Generating Station Unit 6 on the basis that the Application contains the information required by the Application Information Requirements. The Application review process has begun. Read More »

July 10, 2016

Enforcement Action Issued

Wolverine Coal Mine
– Conuma Coal

Environmental Assessment Office Compliance and Enforcement issued an enforcement action to address non-compliance identified during an inspection of the Wolverine Coal Project. Read More »

July 5, 2017

Modification of the Application Review Time Limit

Kootenay West Mine Project
– CertainTeed Gypsum Canada Inc.

The 180-day application review period for the proposed Kootenay West Mine Project has been suspended. Read More »

June 21, 2017

Modification of the Application Review Time Limit

Burnco Aggregate Project
– BURNCO Rock Products Limited

The 180-day application review period for the proposed Burnco Aggregate Project has been resumed. Read More »

June 21, 2017

Project Withdrawn

Wildmare Wind Energy Project
– Finavera Renewables Inc.

The Environmental Assessment Office has granted Finavera Renewables Inc. request to have the proposed Wildmare Wind Energy Project withdrawn from the environmental assessment process under the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act. Read More »

June 13, 2017

Modification of the Application Review Time Limit

Aurora LNG Digby Island Project
– Nexen Energy ULC

The 180-day application review period for the proposed Aurora LNG Digby Island Project has been resumed. Read More »

June 13, 2017

Public Comment and Open House on draft Valued Components Selection Document

Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project
– South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink)

The public is invited to obtain information about and comment on the draft Valued Components Selection Document. Effective selection of valued components ensures that the environmental assessment focusses on those issues with the highest potential for significant adverse effects and of the highest value for First Nations, the public and others. A 30 day public comment period on the Valued Components Rationale Document will start on June 26, 2017 and ends on July 26, 2017. All written comments received by online form, fax or mail during this time period will be considered. Read More »

June 12, 2017

Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment Granted

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project
– Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd.

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. has received an Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment for the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project. Read More »

June 12, 2017

Public Comment Period Closing

Silverberry Secure Landfill Project
– Tervita Corporation

The Silverberry Secure Landfill Project's public comment period regarding the Valued Components Rationale Document closes on June 7, 2017 at midnight. EAO posts public comments and the Certificate Holders responses to the issues raised in Project Information & Collaboration application. Read More »

June 7, 2017

Public Comment on Valued Components Rationale Document

Silverberry Secure Landfill Project
– Tervita Corporation

The public is invited to obtain information about and comment on a proposed amendment to the Environmental Assessment Certificate for the project. A 21 day public comment period on the Valued Components Rationale Document will start on May 18, 2017 and end on June 7, 2017. All written comments received by online form, fax or mail during this time period will be considered. Read More »

May 11, 2017

Minister Determines Project Reviewable

Pacific Future Energy Refinery
– Pacific Future Energy Corporation

On April 3, 2017, the Environmental Assessment Office issued an order under Section 10(1)(a) of the Environmental Assessment Act (Act), referring the proposed Pacific Future Energy Refinery Project to the Minister of Environment for a determination regarding the environmental assessment. The Minister of Environment has issued an Order under section 14 of the Act requiring the Environmental Assessment Office to undertake the environmental assessment by a hearing panel. The Environmental Assessment Office will work with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to develop the scope, procedures and methods of a joint review panel. Read More »

April 5, 2017

Application Information Requirements

Red Willow Wind
– Red Willow Wind Limited Partnership

The Environmental Assessment Office has approved the Application Information Requirements for the proposed project. The document specifies the information that must be contained in the proponent's Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate. Read More »

April 4, 2017

Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment Granted

Brucejack Gold Mine Project
– Pretium Resources Inc.

Pretium Resources Inc. has received an Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment for the Brucejack Gold Mine Project. Read More »

March 31, 2017

Environmental Assessment Suspension Lifted

Ajax Mine
– KGHM Ajax Mining Incorporated

On May 4, 2016, the Environmental Assessment Office suspended the 180-day review timeline of the environmental assessment for the proposed Ajax Mine Project. The purpose of the suspension was to fulfill requirements related to Working Group, Aboriginal consultation and public consultation, to EAO’s satisfaction. On March 29, 2017, the Environmental Assessment Office lifted the suspension, resuming the provincial timeline on day 108 of the Application review period. The Environmental Assessment Office has also extended the 180–day provincial review by an additional 110 days to align with the federal review timeline and allow for an additional public comment period on the joint assessment report and draft conditions. Additional information and the deliverables from KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. are available on the Environmental Assessment Office's website. Read More »

March 30, 2017

Environmental Assessment Certificate Policy

On March 30, 2017, the BC Environmental Assessment Office published the Environmental Assessment Certificate Policy and supporting guidance. This policy is a comprehensive guide to the development of EACs, including detailed drafting guidance to ensure all conditions are clear, measurable, and enforceable with an appropriate relationship with post-environmental assessment permitting. The supporting guidance also covers certificate amendments and exemption orders. Read More »

March 30, 2017

Application Information Requirements Approved

Red Mountain Underground Gold Project
–  IDM Mining Limited

The Environmental Assessment Office has approved the Application Information Requirements for the proposed project. The document specifies the information that must be contained in the proponent's Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate. Read More »

March 30, 2017

Public Comment and Open House on Transmission Line Alignment Report

Blackwater Gold Project
– New Gold Incorporated

The public is invited to obtain information about and comment on the Transmission Line Alignment Report for the proposed Blackwater Gold Project. Open houses will be held in Vanderhoof, British Columbia, on April 10, 2017. A 30-day public comment period on the Transmission Line Alignment Report will start on April 5, 2017 and end on May 4, 2017. All written comments received by online form, fax or mail during this time period in relation to the application will be considered. Read More »

March 29, 2017

BC's Submission to the Expert Panel on the Modernization of the
National Energy Board

BC has provided a written submission to the federal Expert Panel on the Modernization of the National Energy Board. Read More »

March 28, 2017

Public Comment and Open House on Application

Kootenay West Mine Project
– CertainTeed Gypsum Canada Inc.

The public is invited to obtain information about and comment on the application for an environmental assessment certificate for the proposed project. An open house will be held in Canal Flats, British Columbia on April 6, 2017. A 30 day public comment period on the application for an environmental assessment certificate will start on March 31, 2017 and end on May 1, 2017. All written comments received by online form, fax or mail during this time period will be considered. Read More »

March 24, 2017

Cumulative Effects Framework Interim Policy

The cumulative effects framework interim policy has been released by the Natural Resource Board. The approval of the cumulative effects framework interim policy is the result of years of collaborative work developing the framework, testing procedures, refining assessments, engaging stakeholders and improving the policy.

This release includes an information bulletin that describes the relationship between the cumulative effects framework and reviewable project environmental assessment. The EAO has also posted a new bulletin describing how cumulative effects are addressed in EAO-led environmental assessments.

March 23, 2017

Enforcement Action Issued

Site C Clean Energy Project
– BC Hydro

Environmental Assessment Office Compliance and Enforcement issued enforcement action to address non-compliances identified during an inspection of the Site C Project. Read More »

March 22, 2017

Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate

Kootenay West Mine
– CertainTeed Gypsum Canada Inc.

The Environmental Assessment Office has formally accepted an Application from CertainTeed Gypsum Canada Inc. for an environmental assessment certificate for the proposed Kootenay West Mine on the basis that the Application contains the information required by the Application Information Requirements. The Application review process has begun. Read More »

March 20, 2017

Certificate Issued

Kemess Underground Mine Project
– Au Rico Metals Inc.

Au Rico Metals Inc. has received an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the Kemess Underground Mine Project. Read More »

March 15, 2017

Public Comment Period Closing

Woodfibre LNG Project
– Woodfibre LNG Limited

The Woodfibre LNG Project's public comment period regarding Woodfibre LNG Limited's Amendment Application closes March 11, 2017 at midnight. EAO posts public comments and the proponent's responses to the issued raised in the EAO Project Information and Collaboration Application (EPIC). Read More »

March 10, 2017

Procedural Order Varied

Bingay Main Coal Project
– Centermount Coal Limited

EAO has varied the procedural order for the environmental assessment of the proposed Bingay Main Coal Project. Read More »

March 10, 2017

Public Comment Period Closing

Aurora LNG Digby Island Project
– Nexen Energy ULC

The proposed Aurora LNG Digby Island Project's public comment period regarding Nexen Energy ULC's application for an environmental assessment certificate closes March 9, 2017 at midnight. EAO posts public comments and the proponent's responses to the issued raised in the EAO Project Information & Collaboration Application (EPIC). Read More »

March 9, 2017

Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment Granted

Mt. Milligan Copper-Gold Project
– Terrane Metals Corporation

Terrane Metals Corporation has received an Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment for the Mt. Milligan Copper-Gold Project. Read More »

March 3, 2017

Enforcement Action Issued

Site C Clean Energy Project
– BC Hydro

Environmental Assessment Office Compliance and Enforcement issued enforcement action to address non-compliances identified during an inspection of the Site C Project. Read More »

March 3, 2017