Environmental Assessment Office
Collected Public Comments for Aurora LNG Digby Island Project
January 16, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Comments will be available on this page until March 23, 2017 and after this date all posted comments will be available through the Environmental Assessment Office Project Information & Collaboration (EPIC) application.
March 9, 2017
While the representatives of the project were able to give numbers on estimated total workforce during the construction phase, they could not say how many of those jobs would go to trained Canadians. This is an issue, as many of those who support LNG projects like this, do so because they believe it will bring more jobs to Canadians, and they feel it is worth the environmental impacts caused by the project if it creates well paying jobs. I believe without a estimate on the number of Canadian jobs created during construction, it is impossible to make that determination, and the public is left to make a decision based on a lack of proper information.
During the open house, it was stated that the project would be minimally visible from the Community of Dodge Cove, however this statement is incorrect. The project footprint covers over half of the waterfront in Marine Bay, adjacent to Casey Cove, and both of these locations are a part of the Dodge Cove Community. To say that a material offloading facility located in a bay which is used heavily by the residents of Dodge Cove is minimally visible is ludicrous. Furthermore, the proposed method in which the viewscape will be protected involves the use of vegetation which will clearly not grow on Digby Island. The area is a natural bog and is not at all conducive to the growth of large trees unless planted in specific locations. This project will have a detrimental impact on the visual quality of the community and destroy the ability of the community to use Marine Bay as a gathering place like they have done for generations.
Finally, there was a lot of use of the term significant and insignificant, yet no where on any of the displayed material was this term defined. This term has many different definitions depending on how you approach it, and unless this term is prominently displayed and defined for the public to understand, it is a useless statement to say something in not a significant impact.
In conclusion, I oppose this project in this location, and believe it should not be granting approval for the above reasons.