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Maritime Link

Description

This is to advise that on January 17, 2013, NSP Maritime Link Inc. will register the Maritime Link for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act. The project is also subject to an environmental assessment under the former Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The governments of Nova Scotia and Canada will be coordinating their respective environmental assessment processes for this project.

The purpose of the proposed undertaking is to construct and operate a new 500 megawatt [+/- 200 kilo volts (kV)] HVdc and HVac transmission line, and associated infrastructure, between Granite Canal, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Woodbine, Nova Scotia. Project construction will take place over several years commencing in 2013 with completion planned for late 2016 and site exit late 2017 when fully commissioned.

The Environmental Assessment Report is intended to fulfill the environmental assessment requirements for the construction and operation of the Project. Specifically, Environmental Assessment Report responds to the reporting requirements of a screening-type environmental assessment under the former Canadian Environmental Assessment Act; an Environmental Preview Report under the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Protection Act; and Registration for a Class I Undertaking under the Nova Scotia Environment Act. In addition, the report has been prepared with reference to the Environmental Assessment Guidelines, developed for the Project by the Governments of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia. Additional information on the federal environmental assessment for this project is available at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (Reference #: 6571).

Minister's Decision

On June 21, the Minister of Environment released a decisionPDF Download Link (PDF:427k) concerning this review. The Minister has decided to approve the undertaking in accordance with Section 13(1)b of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, pursuant to Part IV of the Environment Act. The undertaking has been approved subject to a number of conditionsPDF Download Link (PDF:3mb).

Project Documents

Registration Documents

Opportunities for Public Input

Nova Scotia Environment and Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation will be conducting a 35-day comment period.

Please note that reviewer comments must be provided to Nova Scotia Environment at EA@gov.ns.ca no later than February 21, 2013, to be considered in this environmental assessment. Comments are requested to be provided via e-mail if possible.

All submissions will be shared with the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and will be placed in the library on the 5th floor of the Nova Scotia Environment, Halifax Office. All comments will be made available to the public upon request.