Supreme Court Orders Grieg Comprehensive Environmental Assessment


Supreme Court Orders Grieg Comprehensive Environmental Assessment

July 21, 2017 | 10:41 am

The Atlantic Salmon Federation is claiming victory in a major ruling against the provincial government.

The ASF challenged government’s decision to release Grieg from further environmental assessment for a proposed salmon aquaculture development in Placentia Bay.

Supreme Court Judge Gillian Butler found that then-Minister Perry Trimper’s decision to allow the project to proceed without a comprehensive review was “unreasonable” and that he “lacked jurisdiction to release the project”.

Steve Sutton of the Atlantic Salmon Federation says the decision is significant. He says it will be the first time a salmon aquaculture project in Newfoundland will have to undergo a detailed environmental assessment.

He says the ASF is extremely concerned about the effects of open pen salmon aquaculture on wild salmon populations. He says the project could be significantly delayed as a comprehensive environmental assessment is carried out.

The provincial government says it has received the Supreme Court ruling and is reviewing the details of the decision.

The Environment Department is working with Justice to determine the implications of the ruling and how government will proceed.