White’s Point Quarry and Marine Terminal Joint Panel Review

In 2003, LJM Environmental Law & Consulting was engaged by the Partnership for Sustainable Development of Digby Neck and Islands Society (“Partnership”) to facilitate their effective participation in a joint federal/provincial environmental impact assessment for a proposed quarry and marine terminal in Little River, Nova Scotia.

The proposed project included the construction and operation of a 150- hectare basalt quarry, processing facility and marine terminal, with the quarried material to be shipped directly to the United States.

To evaluate the impacts of the proposed project the federal and provincial governments initiated an environmental impact assessment conducted by an independent Review Panel. The Panel members reviewed and evaluated the proponent’s environmental impact statement and considered opinions and advice received from experts, stakeholders and concerned citizens.

The Partnership for the Sustainable Development of Digby Neck and Islands Society represented community members and concerned citizens who sought to ensure that the Review Panel received expert opinion from individuals who were not in the employ of the project proponent..

LJM Environmental Law & Consulting worked with the Partnership over a 4-year period providing guidance on the EIA process, addressing legal questions as they arose, communicating with government representatives, and coordinating the participation of a vast number of scientific, technical, legal and social science experts in the public review process. Throughout, we worked closely with several interested organizations and particularly with the Clean Annapolis River Project.

"Our issue was the proposed White's Point Quarry and Marine Terminal at Little River, Digby Neck, on the Bay of Fundy shore. During the five-year battle, the wisest decision we made was to engage Lisa Mitchell of LJM Environmental Consulting as our advisor. Lisa worked closely with Andy Sharpe of the Clean Annapolis River Project to bring an impressive number of community members, NGO's and scientists together for the formal presentation before the Joint Review Panel.”

The pubic hearings for the proposed quarry and marine terminal took place in June 2007. The Panel recommended that the project be rejected and the federal and provincial governments agreed.

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