Case Study

Black Point Quarry Environmental Impact Statement

Vulcan Materials and Morien Resources Corp. propose to construct and operate a granite aggregate quarry within a 350 ha Greenfield property and build a deep water marine terminal adjacent to the quarry in Chedabucto Bay. The quarry will have a production capacity of up to 7.5 million tonnes of granite per year, over a mine life of approximately 50 years.  The ice-free marine terminal will be capable of berthing Panamax-sized vessels (70,000 DWT).  The project has capital costs estimated $90-$110 million and will employ 50-60 full people at maximum capacity.

Date:

May 2014 – January 2015

Location:

350 ha greenfield site at Black Point on Chedabucto Bay, approximately 10 km west of Canso in Guysborough Co., Nova Scotia

Client:

Vulcan Materials Company and Morien Resources

Project Objectives:

In line with detailed EIS Guidelines prepared jointly by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and Nova Scotia Environment, the overall objective is to broadly describe project – environment interactions, predict negative and positive impacts, design and implement mitigation measures to eliminate or minimize those interactions, and provide follow up monitoring and management programs to verify predictions made during the assessment.

Our Role

The environmental assessment process requires effective communication with the Proponent, subcontractors, field teams, technical authors, regulators, First Nations, nearby residents and other stakeholders.  SLR led the environmental assessment process and thus played a critical role on the Proponent’s Project Team.

SLR’s primary role was to assemble the broad range of information needed for the EIS, prepare and edit the EIS report and supporting technical studies for federal and provincial environmental regulators and respond to any follow up information requests.

To achieve this, SLR conducted field and desktop studies, undertook computer modelling, presented the project at various stakeholder forums, solicited questions from residents and fishermen, discussed potential impacts with technical experts, engaged and managed sub-consultants on a number of subjects (First Nation ecological knowledge, archaeology, wetlands etc.), reviewed technical reports, and compiled the EIS report.

The EIS report contains the project justification, the regulatory environment, the project description, alternatives to the project, a description of the existing biophysical and human environments, an overview of stakeholder outreach program, the environmental effects assessment and a description of cumulative effects from other nearby project.