Building on decades of available studies of Roberts Bank, we began an environmental study program in 2011 focused on key species such as salmon, coastal birds, southern resident killer whales, Dungeness crab, and important areas like air quality and human health. This work informed our environmental impact statement, a document that summarizes our assessment of potential environmental, economic, social, heritage, and health effects that could result from the project, as well as mitigation measures.

At every juncture through the environmental assessment process, we found ways to add to and improve our measures to avoid or reduce effects of the project, integrating Indigenous knowledge and interests, technical expertise, and government agency input. For example, in 2012 and 2013, we established four technical advisory groups, comprised of local and international scientific and technical experts with specialized knowledge from regulatory agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and consulting firms. The purpose of the groups was to improve the relevance, quality, rigour, and completeness of studies and information submitted as part of the environmental impact statement. Experts reviewed existing information and field study work plans, identified priority information needs and appropriate methods of impact assessment, and made recommendations to the port authority.

We look forward to continuing to work with Indigenous groups, regulators, and other stakeholders to refine our mitigation measures, offsetting, and follow-up program to ensure the ongoing productivity at Roberts Bank for generations to come.

Field studies

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