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Provincial government’s appeal of Grieg NL environmental assessment decision dismissed
Published 18 Sept. 2018
ASF continuing fight to get company to do more work on environmental impact of Placentia Bay aquaculture project
ST. ANDREWS, N.B. - An attempt by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Grieg NL to appeal a court decision requiring the company to carry out a full environmental assessment of its Placentia Bay aquaculture project has been dismissed.
A panel of three judges with the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal rendered its decision on Sept. 14.
"This ruling has once again raised the bar for environmental assessment in Newfoundland and Labrador," Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) president Bill Taylor said in a release today, Sept. 18.
"The judges have highlighted serious reservations about the Placentia Bay project and have clearly stated that governments must consider the level of public concern in environmental decision making."
The ASF initially appealed former minister of environment and climate change Perry Trimper’s decision to release Grieg NL’s proposed aquaculture project without an environmental impact statement (EIS) to the Supreme Court and won.
The provincial government appealed that decision but prior to the hearing this past December ordered Grieg NL to complete an EIS.
Only a few days before the Court of Appeal decision was recently issued, Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Andrew Parsons approved the EIS and released the project from further environmental assessment, subject to a number of conditions.
Grieg NL is planning an Atlantic salmon hatchery and nursery in Marystown along with sea cages to grow the fish in Placentia Bay.
"When this ruling is considered along with the first judgement, which ordered an EIS be completed, a pattern of behavior emerges. It shows that political leaders have attempted to avoid environmental assessment continuously and without legal justification," said Steve Sutton, ASF's director of outreach and engagement.
ASF is now arguing a full environmental assessment of the Placentia Bay aquaculture project was not completed, according to the release from the organization.
The ASF is readying an appeal under the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Protection Act. It will ask Parsons to reconsider his decision and have Grieg complete more work on the EIS.
The Court of Appeal’s full judgement can be read at
NB Power Chair, Ed Barrett, Delivers Intriguing Presentation at Fredericton Fundraising Dinner
BY:John Bagnall, NB Salmon Council Communications Chair
DATE:April 24, 2018
On April 11 of this year, the Atlantic Salmon Federation fundraising dinner was held at the Fredericton Inn. The Dinner Planning Committee, chaired by Jason Hallett, was comprised of volunteers from the NB Salmon Council (NBSC or the Council), affiliates such as the Fredericton Fish and Game and Association and others from the local angling community. During the event, the 233 attendees were serenaded by musician Clinton Fernandez.
Master-of-Ceremonies, Rose Arsenault, once again did a fine job at keeping the proceedings flowing on schedule. One of Rose’s many communications was her recognition of Rod Currie as this year’s recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation.
Jardine Auctioneers donated their services, and helped to generate revenue from successful bids on 14 items including fishing trips to the Ristigouche Salmon Club’s Red Pine Lodge, the Province’s Larry’s Gulch, McKeil Brook, and Slate Island.
Photo 1Attendees Enjoying the Fredericton Dinner
This year’s Dinner Honoree was Mr. Ed Barrett, who chairs the Board of Directors of NB Power, which, under his guidance, is now listening to and addressing the Council’s concerns. Mr. Barrett and his staff have recognized the importance of the St. John River’s wild Atlantic salmon to the citizens of NB. They have worked closely with regulators, First Nations and stakeholders to bring about improvements to NB Power facilities and operations to make them more compatible with the requirements of wild fish populations. Two major, recently-implemented NB Power initiatives are: adjustments to improve winter water temperatures in the discharge from the storage reservoirs in the headwaters of the Tobique River, and the design and construction of the recently-unveiled, state-of-the art downstream fish-passage and collection facility at Tobique Narrows Dam. Both interventions will significantly improve the survival rates of the Atlantic salmon of the great St. John (Wolastoq) River system.
After his introduction by Past-President of the St. John Basin Salmon Recovery Inc., Gary Spencer, Mr. Barrett delivered a speech, thanking the ASF and NBSC for their recognition of NB Power for their recent efforts in salmon conservation. In his encouraging presentation, Mr. Barrett stressed that the two previously-mentioned mitigation measures on the Tobique were just a start; that NB Power is committed to continuing to implement measures to improve the compatibility of power generation with a renewed and sustainable upper St. John River Atlantic salmon population. He surprised the attendees when he asserted that if the Mactaquac Generating Station had not been built, and were instead proposed today, it would never be constructed. He also informed the audience that, in the coming years, NB Power will be relying more on a diverse range of renewable energy sources, and less on mega-project type stations to generate power.
These welcome remarks seem to confirm the arrival of a new era during which NB Power and conservation groups can, and are willing, to co-operate to tackle the remaining fish passage problems on the upper river. Mr. Barrett’s address was a fitting cap to a very enjoyable evening.
Photo 2Fredericton Dinner Honoree, Mr. Ed Barrett, Chair, NB Power Board of Directors Addressing the Dinner Attendees