The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has submitted its application to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) for an environmental certificate to construct the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. An Application Review period of up to 180 days is now underway. This review period includes a 60-day public comment period from August 3 to October 3, 2016. Three open houses are scheduled for:Wednesday, August 17, 20162:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Delta Town and Country6005 Highway 17A(at Highway 99) Delta, B.C. Tuesday, September 13, 2016 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sandman Signature HotelVancouver Airport10251 St. Edwards Drive Richmond, B.C. Wednesday, September 14, 2016 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Delta Town and Country6005 Highway 17A(at Highway 99)Delta, B.C.
EAO is a neutrally administered office that is required by law to undertake rigorous, thorough reviews of major projects proposed in British Columbia. These reviews provide significant opportunities for Aboriginal groups, government agencies and the public to inform EAO’s assessment of the potential environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects of a project.
A technical working group has also been established by the provincial EAO to support development of the project, which includes participation from Metro Vancouver, municipalities, Aboriginal groups, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Transport Canada and Port Metro Vancouver. Consultation with the technical working group will continue throughout the application review.
An electronic copy of the Application and information regarding the environmental assessment process are available at: http://a100.gov.bc.ca/appsdata/epic/html/deploy/epic_document_430_40798.html
Copies of the Application are also available for viewing at all Delta and Richmond libraries and at the Ministry’s Project Office (Ironwood Plaza 2030 – 11662 Steveston Highway, Richmond). For more information about the proposed Project, visit http://engage.gov.bc.ca/masseytunnel/