Federal and provincial environmental assessment  

A federal environmental assessment is a process led by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) to identify, predict and evaluate the potential environmental effects of a proposed project. This process happens before the federal government makes a decision about a proposed project. Environmental assessments consider environmental effects and their significance, proposed mitigation measures, alternative means of carrying out a project, and any other relevant matter.

The federal environmental assessment process for Roberts Bank Terminal 2 started in 2013, under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. In April 2023, the federal government issued a positive decision statement for Roberts Bank Terminal 2, concluding this rigorous 10-year assessment.

Beginning in November 2014, the project entered a provincial environmental assessment process, which was undertaken in parallel with the federal environmental assessment. In September 2023, the provincial government determined that Roberts Bank Terminal 2 is in the best interests of British Columbians and issued an environmental assessment certificate and conditions for the project, under the Environmental Assessment Act (2002).

Environmental assessment timeline

Environmental assessment documents

Additional permits and approvals

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