Petition: Cumulative Environmental Effects of Resource Development in British Columbia

Description: In 2004, West Moberly First Nations petitioned the Auditor General and Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to conduct a regional environmental assessment for an area of northeast British Columbia in potential violation of Treaty 8 rights. Petitioners sought assessment of cumulative environmental effects under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) due to activity in oil and gas, mining and forestry in the area, citing specific review for approval of coal mining under the ’Small Mines’ process as opposed to the ‘BC Environmental Assessment Act (BCEAA)’ process. Responses from Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada were received and archived on the Auditor General’s website.

Key Words: Treaty 8, cumulative environmental effects, regional environmental assessment,  small mines, CEAA, BCEAA, oil and gas, mining, forestry

Lead Organization  Office of the Auditor General of Canada, West Moberly First Nations,
Regional Focus  Peace River
Status  Complete
Website  www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/pet_133_e_28860.html
Primary Contact www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/admin_e_670.html
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