As a part of the environmental assessment process, we committed to 82 project commitments to protect the environment should the project proceed. These commitments include measures to reduce effects during construction and operation of the terminal as well as offset potential effects. This would be done through the creation of additional habitat, implementing environmental management and follow-up plans for construction and operations, and working with Indigenous groups and other key stakeholders on regional environmental programs.
Here are a few examples of our commitments to protecting the environment at Roberts Bank:
- We designed the placement of the terminal in deep, subtidal waters to avoid sensitive fish habitat
- In consultation with Indigenous groups and regulators, we will build new habitat including intertidal marshes and eelgrass to offset potential project related effects as a result of the terminal footprint. These habitats are important for many key species such as Chinook salmon and Dungeness crab.
- We will develop specific construction environmental management plans to reduce effects to the environment and the local community. As an example, plans will include avoiding in-water activities during certain times of the year when important species like juvenile salmon are present at Roberts Bank
- We will undertake follow-up monitoring to evaluate project-related effects and the success of offsetting habitats and will make adjustments and improvements as necessary
- Should the project proceed, we will develop a project-specific fund to support the recovery of Chinook salmon, a key food source for southern resident killer whales. This new initiative will be shaped with the input and collaborative efforts of Indigenous groups, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as well as other stakeholders.
For the full list of project commitments, read the RBT2 Updated Project Commitments.