Draft Agreement Released for Public Comment

Environment and Labour (to April 1/08)

August 11, 2003 12:33 PM

A draft agreement on the joint environmental assessment review
panel process for the proposed Whites Point Quarry and Marine
Terminal, in Digby County, has been released for public comment.
Environment and Labour Minister Ron Russell and federal
Environment Minister David Anderson announced the public process
today, Aug. 11.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Nova Scotia
Department of Environment and Labour welcome written comments on
this agreement. Comments in either official language must be
received no later than Sept. 18, 2003. After taking public
comments into consideration, the draft agreement will be
finalized and made public.

The decision to conduct a panel-level environmental assessment
follows a request from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. This
project is also subject to the Nova Scotia Environment Act.

"Public consultation is an important element in any major
industrial project, especially one that could impact an important
coastal area such as Digby Neck," said Mr. Russell. "We believe
the panel is the right approach for this project and we're
pleased to be working together with our federal partners to
conduct this process."

"In deciding to refer this project to a review panel," said Mr.
Anderson, "I believe that a public process will help Nova
Scotians better understand the potential impacts of this project.
Public discussion and debate are crucial elements in the review
process."

The proposal, submitted by Global Quarry Products Inc., is for
property located at Whites Point, Digby Co., and consists of a
120-hectare basalt quarry and associated deep water marine
terminal. Expected production is two million tonnes of aggregate
per year.

A copy of the draft agreement can be found on the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Agency's Web site at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca
. The draft document can also be viewed at the following centres:

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
1801 Hollis St., Suite 200
Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Environment and Labour
5151 Terminal Rd., 5th floor
Halifax, NS


Nova Scotia Environment and Labour
Yarmouth District Office
13 First St.
Yarmouth, NS

Annapolis Royal Branch Library
Town Hall
285 St. George St.
Annapolis Royal, NS

Isaiah W. Wilson Memorial Library
84 Warwick St.
Digby, NS

Written comments on the proposal should be directed to:
Steve Chapman
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
200 Sacré-Coeur Boulevard, 13th Floor
Gatineau, QC K1A 0H3

Chris Daly
Nova Scotia Environment and Labour
5151 Terminal Rd., 5th Floor
PO Box 697
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8

To register as an interested party and be kept informed of the
panel's activities, provide a full mailing address, an e-mail
address and/or a fax number to either of the above contacts.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The province and the federal government have agreed to

conduct a joint environmental assessment of a proposed quarry in

the Digby area.

     Environment and Labour Minister Ron Russell says the draft

agreement on a review panel will be open for public comment until

September 18th.

     The environmental assessment will be conducted as the result

of an application by Global Quarry Products Incorporated. The

company's application is for a 120-hectare basalt quarry and

associated deep water marine terminal located at Whites Point,

Digby County.

     The company wants to produce about two-million tonnes of

aggregate a year from the site.

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Contact: John Perkins
         Department of Environment and Labour
         902-424-6427
         E-mail: perkinje@gov.ns.ca

         Elise Dhaussy
         Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
         819-953-4054

kjd         August 11, 2003         12:31 P.M.