Today, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) announced that the deadline to submit written comments during the public comment period for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project has been extended from February 13, 2022 to March 15, 2022.
IAAC is inviting the public and Indigenous groups to provide feedback on our response to the federal government’s August 2020 information request, as well as the draft potential conditions for the project. We appreciate everyone who has taken the time to participate in the environmental assessment process so far. Visit IAAC’s project page to learn more about the public comment period and provide your input.
Once the public comment period ends, IAAC will take the feedback they receive on the draft conditions and information request response and develop final conditions that will inform the decision-making process. When the minister of environment and climate change decides that there is enough information on the project, the federal government will proceed to making a decision.
We are hopeful that a decision on the project will be made as quickly as possible. If Roberts Bank Terminal 2 is not built soon, there will be detrimental effects to Canadian businesses and consumers. For example, supply chain congestion experienced during the pandemic will likely become a regular occurrence. Additionally, Canadian importers and exporters will likely need to ship goods via U.S. ports, increasing costs and reducing benefits to Canadians.
In the meantime, we continue to prepare for procurement, a Fisheries Act Authorization, and other required permits to quickly advance the project once a decision is made.