Pipeline project must examine alternate routes around protected areas

HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister of Environment to require a Focus Report for the environmental review of the proposed Alton Natural Gas Pipeline. This decision means that the Proponent must now examine in detail potential impacts on two proposed protected areas near Stewiacke.

Through the environmental review process, CPAWS uncovered an error in the environmental review documents that suggested the proposed pipeline project pre-dates the protected area candidates, when in actuality, these specific land parcels were previously acquired by the Nova Scotia government specifically for the purpose of conservation several years earlier.

“We welcome the decision by the Nova Scotia government to require a Focus Report for the pipeline project,” says Jennifer Smith, Outreach Coordinator for CPAWS-Nova Scotia. “An alternate pipeline route that goes around the proposed protected areas is preferable, and we hope that the government will require this through the more detailed environmental review.”

The Nova Scotia government has a pre-existing commitment to protect 12 percent of the Province’s landmass by the year 2015 and is making steady progress toward achieving this goal. Two relatively large candidate protected areas occur near Alton (Stewiacke River and St. Andrews River proposed sites), both of which would be bisected by the proposed pipeline if an alternate route is not selected.

CPAWS is recommending that the Province select an alternate route that avoids the proposed protected areas.

More information about the proposed pipeline can be found here.

Read the CPAWS submission on the pipeline route.



Jennifer Smith
Outreach Coordinator
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Nova Scotia Chapter