Complexities surrounding multijurisdictional environmental assessment: Negotiating a place for public participation and learning

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, North Slave Region

Tags: environmental assessment, social sciences, public participation

Principal Investigator: Fitzpatrick, Patricia (2)
Licence Number: 14377
Organization: Department of Geography, University of Winnipeg
Licensed Year(s): 2008
Issued: Jul 03, 2008

Objective(s): The purpose of this research is to understand how different environmental assessment (EA) processes across Canada are harmonized, and how harmonization impacts public participation.

Project Description: The purpose of this research is to understand how different environmental assessment (EA) processes across Canada are harmonized, and how harmonization impacts public participation. The Mackenzie Gas Project is the most complex assessment in this regard, makes an ideal study model of EA.

The first objective of this research, that has already been completed, involves documenting the frequency of EA harmonization, examining the [two] process[es] used to harmonize the assessments, and recording how the public was involved in this harmonization. The purpose of the second objective is to understand how harmonization impacts public participation. Two cases will be contrasted: The Wuskwatim Generating Station and Transmission Lines Project in northern Manitoba, and the Mackenzie Gas Project. Participants from non-governmental and government organizations involved in the Mackenzie Gas Project will be interviewed through semi-structured interviews.

A report of this research will be made available through contacting the researcher.
Fieldwork will be conducted from July 03 to August 15, 2008 in Inuvik and Yellowknife.