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Environmental Assessment


Middle River Pit Expansion Project


On 28 June 2023, Municipal Enterprises Ltd registered the Middle River Pit Expansion Project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act.

The purpose of the proposed undertaking is to expand an existing gravel pit located east of NS-Route 30, at 71 MacIntyre Road, Middle River, Victoria County, Nova Scotia. The existing pit has been in operation for approximately 15 years. The land associated with the expanded pit will occupy a maximum of 14.83 hectares, which includes the existing pit footprint. The expanded pit will support continued extraction and production of quality aggregate products used primarily in the road construction industry in Victoria County and Inverness County. It is expected that the continued use of the pit will be identical, or very similar, to historic use at the site. The project is anticipated to commence during the 2024 construction season with production volumes of approximately 25,000 tonnes per year during years in which the pit is active.

Minister's Decision

On 17 August 2023, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change released a decision (PDF) concerning this review. The Minister has decided to approve the undertaking in accordance with Section 13(1)b of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, pursuant to Part IV of the Environment Act. The undertaking has been approved subject to a number of conditions (PDF).

Project Documents


Opportunities for Public Input

Public comments on the Registration were accepted until 28 July 2023.

All comments received from the public consultation are posted on the department's website for public viewing. In the case of an individual, the address, email and contact information will be removed before being placed on the website.