Cancelled Environmental Assessment for Ethanol Plant Sets Dangerous Precedent
September 26, 2012
“FarmTech Energy Corporation has proposed the construction of an ethanol plant along the Oshawa waterfront, alongside the protected Second Marsh wildlife wetlands,” wrote NDP Environment Critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) in a letter to Minister Peter Kent. “We are concerned that the federal government has abandoned its responsibility to protect the environment and the best interests of the people of Oshawa in the middle of the process.”
C-38 made a number of changes, including repealing and replacing the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act with new legislation that exempts all but roughly one percent of the biggest and most controversial megaprojects. As a result, most projects now fall through the cracks.
Leslie’s letter calls for a reversal of changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and a thorough proposal review.
“The Conservatives are showing yet again that, to them, the environment as well as the needs and concerns of communities are less important than taking care of their insider friends,” said Olivia Chow, MP for Trinity—Spadina. As the NDP Transport Critic, Chow has repeatedly criticized the Conservatives for the reckless ethanol project.