The Bear Paw Pipeline Project is subject to an environmental assessment (EA) under the Nova Scotia Environment Act, triggering a Class I environmental registration under Nova Scotia environmental assessment regulations.
Studies completed or underway in support of the environmental assessment include vegetation and wetland surveys, wildlife including moose surveys, fish and fish habitat surveys, marine environment surveys and archaeological and heritage resources surveys. A Mi'kmaq Ecological Knowledge Study has been commissioned which is gathering and documenting Mi'kmaq use and knowledge of resources in the project area to be considered in the environmental assessment.
The environmental assessment process and stakeholder engagement started in the fall of 2015. Public meetings were held with landowners and stakeholders to share information and to address any potential concerns. The environmental assessment was submitted to provincial regulators in 2016 and a public comment period will follow. The pipeline and compressor station could be put in service as early as 2019.
Bear Paw Pipeline Corporation Inc. is committed to safety and minimizing potential effects to the environment and addressing all regulatory requirements including appropriate mitigation measures. This includes issues raised by stakeholders, landowners, the public and Mi'kmaq communities.
Parties with questions related to the pipeline project may contact Bear Paw Pipeline Corporation Inc. by email at info@BearPawPipeline.com.
Vegetation, wetlands and wildlife surveys have been conducted.
Environmental survey work includes fish habitat and marine environment.