Public comments sought on Laurentia project

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

OTTAWA – The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Laurentia Project: Port of Quebec Deep-Water Wharf – Beauport Sector, located in Quebec.

The Quebec Port Authority is proposing to extend the line of the existing wharf eastward by 610 metres in order to operate a deep-water terminal dedicated to containerized general cargo. The 31.7-hectare project would include the construction of a new berth and a retaining dike that would allow for the development of an additional 17 hectares of backshore space.

The project also includes the construction of rail lines and road accesses, the reconfiguration of two outfalls and Henri-Bourassa Boulevard with the addition of an overpass, as well as the reconfiguration of part of the Port of Quebec’s existing land for truck loading and the relocation of part of the recreation and tourism area for the development of the operations support area and the storage of empty containers.

The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report, which includes the Agency’s conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project and their significance, the proposed mitigation measures, and the follow-up program.

The Agency also invites comments on the potential environmental assessment conditions for the project. Final conditions would become legally-binding on the proponent if the project is allowed to proceed.

Last chance to comment

This project has benefited from several public and Indigenous consultation opportunities. This is the final public comment period in the process.

Virtual information sessions will take place during the public comment period.

Written comments in either official language will be accepted until December 16, 2020.

Comments can be submitted online by visiting the project home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 80107). All comments received will be published online as part of the project file.

Following the public comment period, the Environmental Assessment Report and potential environmental assessment conditions will be finalized and provided to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, along with comments received. The Minister will make a decision on whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

For more information on environmental assessments and alternative means of participating in the process, visit the Agency’s website at canada.ca/iaac.