The Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project is subject to review by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act, and permitting by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority under its Project and Environmental Review process, which requires a determination under section 67 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. The EAO and the Port Authority are undertaking a harmonized environmental assessment process, led by the EAO, which meets both federal and provincial environmental assessment/review requirements.
More information on EAO’s environmental assessment process can be found on the EAO project page.
The environmental assessment process includes three public comment periods:
First Public Comment Period (Complete: June 26 to July 27, 2017)
Input was sought from government agencies, municipal and regional agencies, Aboriginal Groups and the public on the draft Valued Component Selection Document, which outlined the key areas of study proposed for the environmental assessment and supported the development of the Environmental Assessment Certificate Application (Application) for the Project.
Second Public Comment Period (Complete: September 6 to October 9, 2018)
Input was sought from government agencies, municipal and regional agencies, and Aboriginal Groups and the public on the draft Application, to ensure that all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the proposed Project are identified for consideration as part of the assessment process.
Third Public Comment Period: Anticipated February – March, 2019
The Environmental Assessment Office will hold a third public comment period on their draft Assessment Report, which summarizes the procedures and findings of the Environmental Assessment (EA) conducted by the EAO on the application for an EA Certificate for the proposed Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project.