Salmon Beyond Borders’ Suggestions for British Columbia's Environmental Assessment Public Engagement Survey
Salmon Beyond Borders’ Suggestions for
British Columbia's Environmental Assessment Public Engagement Survey
*to download this document as a PDF, click here.
This survey is 30 questions long and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Our hope is that by providing some suggestions, we can help guide your answers to reflect the need for rigorous environmental assessments in shared transboundary watersheds.
If you have ample time, please also see the attached briefing packet from West Coast Environmental Law prior to tackling the survey.
Additionally, if you want to let BC know how you feel about this form of public engagement, let them know, take the survey here!
Questions 1-7 are predominantly focused on who you are and what your background is.
The rest of the questions from the survey can be found below, with our suggestions listed in bold.
8. Please indicate how much you agree with the following statement:There are project categories that should be added to the Reviewable Projects Regulation.
9. Please share with us what project category(s) should be added to the RPR
*Only answer this question if the following conditions are met: Answer was 'Strongly agree' or 'Agree' at question '8 [q008]' (Please indicate how much you agree with the following statement: There are project categories that should be added to the Reviewable Projects Regulation. )
10. Please share with us why the project category(s) should be added to the RPR
11. Please indicate how much you agree with the following:
The Reviewable Projects Regulation includes some project categories that should be removed from the Regulation
*When SBB did the survey, it jumped from Question 11 to Question 14, skipping 12-13.
14. Please indicate how much you agree with the following:
Project Design thresholds are an important factor to determine if a project is likely to cause adverse effects, and therefore trigger an environmental assessment.
15. Please indicate how much you agree with the following:
Project design thresholds are enough information to determine if a project is likely to cause adverse effects, and therefor trigger an environmental assessment
16. Do you have any feedback on the proposed changes to the Project Design Thresholds outlined in the Intentions Paper on pages 13-20 (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/download/FDD409EE186245879E6190531713074D#)
1) Restore the “original” thresholds (i.e. those enacted in 1995 under the first Environmental Assessment Act) for mineral mines and coal mines, namely 25,000 tonnes/year of mineral ore for mineral mines and 100,000 tonnes/year production of coal.
2) Calculate production thresholds based on what is extracted from the environment, not what the proponent intends to sell.
3) BC must provide the data necessary to evaluate whether the proposed new threshold for placer mines would actually result in assessment of any placer mines. Ultimately, the threshold must ensure that placer mines with potentially significant impacts undergo assessment.
4) Abandon the proposal to exempt oil and gas proponents from assessments for extracting deep groundwater and disposing of contaminated water in deep wells.
5) Include a class assessment of mobile thermal treatment of drilling mud, rather than exempting it from assessment.
17. Please tell us how much you agree with the following:
Effects Thresholds are an important factor to determine if a project is likely to cause adverse effects, and therefore trigger an environmental assessment.
18. Are there Effects Thresholds other than linear disturbance, area land disturbance, green house gas emissions, or overlap with prescribed protected areas that could be used to determine the potential adverse impacts of a project, based solely on the project design or features of a project? The criteria must be able to be determined without a lot of testing or data collection.
19. Do you have any feedback on the Effects thresholds outlined on page 21 of the Intentions paper
1) GHG threshold at 50,000 tonnes/year; our fallback is that, at minimum, it must be 1% of BC’s 2050 target, which would be weaker at 127,000 tonnes/year (but still a lot better than their proposal of 1% of the 2030 target, which is 382,000 tonnes/yr). Any project that exceeds 1% of BC's 2050 climate target rather than using the 2030 target. Apply this threshold to all projects of any type, not just the categories of projects already listed in the RPR.
2) Significantly lower the proposed disturbance-based threshold for prescribed projects to 75 hectares.
3) Apply the new (strengthened) impact-based thresholds to upstream development activities (oil and gas and mining).
4) Remove the provision exempting water uses approved under section 10 of the Water Sustainability Act from the assessment requirement for water withdrawals.
5) Remove the requirement to determine significant adverse effects from the threshold that would require EA for prescribed projects that overlap with a listed protected area.
20. Please indicate how much you agree with the following:
Requiring proponents to submit a notification to the EAO if the project:
a) requires a federal impact assessment, but it is not wholly on federal land are within 15% of the Project Design Threshold
or b) has a maximum annual direct employment of at least 250 people is enough to ensure the EAO can track projects that might require an environmental assessment that do not meet the requirements of the reviewable project regulation.
21. Please indicate how much you agree with the following:
For projects that have never received an Environmental Assessment (EA) Certificate (i.e., they were either initially constructed prior to the rest Environmental Assessment Act coming into force in 1995, or below the EA reviewability thresholds), the proponent should be required to notify the EAO if they intend to modify the project, where the modified project would exceed the threshold for new projects in that category.
22. Are there other notification thresholds that could help the EAO track projects that might require an environmental assessment, but do not meet the requirements of the Reviewable Projects Regulation?
23. Would you like to provide feedback on the Prescribed Protected Areas Appendix of the Reviewable Projects Regulation Intentions Paper? *
24. Please indicate how much you agree with the following:
Making environmental assessments mandatory for projects within the Prescribed Category of Projects that are proposed within a Prescribed Protected Area, is a good way to get proponents to consider how their proposed projects could interact with protected areas from the earliest stages of project design, providing an opportunity for proponents to adjust their design to avoid overlaps with prescribed areas, therefore minimizing adverse effects.
25. Are there other ways the Environmental Assessment Ofce could get proponents to consider how their proposed projects could interact with protected areas from the earliest stages of project design?
26. Do you have any feedback on the proposed Prescribed Protected Areas for inclusion in the regulation?
27. Do you have any feedback on the protected or managed areas not proposed for inclusion?
Let the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office know what you think, take the survey here!
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