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Projects Under Environmental Review (Undertakings)

The Environmental Protection Act defines an undertaking as including any construction, industry, operation or other project or any alteration or modification to an existing undertaking which will or may: 

  1. cause the emission or discharge of any contaminant into the environment;
  2. have an effect on any unique, rare, or endangered feature of the environment;
  3. have a significant effect on the environment or necessitate further development which is likely to have a significant effect on the environment; or
  4. cause public concern because of its real or perceived effect or potential effect on the environment.

Every undertaking on PEI must be approved by the Department of Communities, Land and Environment prior to construction or operation of the undertaking.

In addition to undertakings, the Department also reviews projects that do not meet the definition of an undertaking under the Environmental Protection Act. These projects, “referrals”, are screened out of the requirements of an undertaking. A referral project is still reviewed by the Environmental Land Management Section, however it is typically subject to review by a smaller interdepartmental Technical Review Committee. When a project is screened out, it is still subject to all other statutory and regulatory requirements, as well as any commitments the proponent has made regarding specific environmental protection measures.

Projects Approved or Under Review in 2016 (Undertakings and Referrals*)

Project Proponent Name

Submission Date

Approved/ Screened Out

Cornwall Perimeter Highway
PEI Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy October 24, 2016  Pending
Substation and Transmission Line Project
Maritime Electric Company Limited October 5, 2016  Pending
Expansion of an Existing Dairy Farm
Duitman Dairy September 21, 2016  Approved
Construction and Operation of a Lobster Holding Facility
Maritime Select Lobster September 2, 2016  Approved
Purchase and Operation of Existing Beef Feedlot
River Road Livestock August 18, 2016  Approved
Construction of a Water Bottling Facility
Pure Island Waters June 27, 2016  Screened Out
Expansion of a Produce Storage and Wash Facility
Red Soil Organics Inc. June 9, 2016  Approved
Construction of a Dairy Barn and Manure Storage Tank
Pondsedge Farms Inc. June 9, 2016  Approved
Construction of a Dairy Barn and Manure Storage Tank
Frank MacDonald Inc. May 30, 2016  Approved
Redevelopment of existing aquaculture facility to rear Atlantic Salmon broodstock for egg production purposes Aqua Bounty Canada Inc. March 22, 2016  Approved
Operation of a Seafood Processing Facility Red Chamber Inc. March 18, 2016  Approved
Construction of Additional Liquid Manure Storage Tank Shady Lane Farms Inc. March 17, 2016  Approved
Construction of 69 kV Transmission Line and substation (Millvale) Maritime Electric Company Ltd. March 3, 2016 Screened Out
PEI-NB Cable Interconnection Upgrade Project PEI Energy Corporation Oct 1, 2015  Approved

 * As of April 2016, referral projects are also being listed in the Projects Approved or Under Review table above.

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