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.