CONSULTATION &ACCOMMODATION COMMUNITY CONSULTATION SESSION LISTUGUJ & GESGAPEGIAG FEBRUARY 6 & 7, 2013
CONSULTATION Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n Wind Energy Project Agenda1) Introduction - Tanya2) The Mesgi’g Ugiu’s’n (MU) project - Terry Lynn/Troy3) The Environmental Assessment (EA) Process - Mario4) Preliminary Birds & Bats Survey Results - Mario5) Participation of the MMS to the drafting of the EA - Tanya6) Migmaq Valued Ecosystem Components (draft) - Mario7) Next Steps: Comments/Concerns/Questions - Tanya
What is an Environmental Impact Assessment Study?• Project justification and description• Environment Description (Physical Aspect, Biological Aspect, and Human Aspect)• Impact Assessment (Methods & Results)• Mitigation Measures• Cumulative Effects• Environmental Surveillance & Monitoring Program
Preliminary resultsBirds Bats• 10 raptors species, low • 6 bats species detected: 3 numbers, no nest found resident, 3 migratory• Roughly 40-45 songbirds • Little Brown Bat and species observed during Northern long-eared Bat spring and fall migrations are the most common but and breeding season could not be distinguish• Very few ducks and geese • 5 species at risk• 3 species at risk, including • Low bat mortality due to Bald Eagle collision with blades
Participation in the drafting of theEnvironmental Impacts Assessment• The goal is to make sure that the knowledge of the Mi’gmaq people is given full and equal consideration in the EIA.• Incorporation of Mi’gmaq worldview and values to the EIA will be realized following a 3-steps process : 1. having aboriginal people document their concerns, including the reasons for such concerns, about the anticipated environmental, social, and economic impacts of a proposed project; 2. mitigating these concerns to the satisfaction of both the aboriginal people of the region and government regulations; and 3. designing specific programs to fully involve aboriginal people and incorporate their knowledge into subsequent monitoring of VECs and managing of impacts over the long term.• The involvement of Mi’gmaq people and incorporation of their knowledge into EIA begins when the communities affected by proposed development identify what is important to them and why. In other words, it starts with the identification of valued ecosystem components (VECs) from a Mi’gmaq perspective.
Valued Ecosystem Components• Salmon and trout and their habitat, i.e. watershed from thehead-water streams including the tributaries, springs, seeps,streams and wetlands to the union with the sea• Birds, namely Eagles as well as wildfowl and their habitat;• Campsites and overnight sites;• Furbearers such as beaver, fox, otter, mink and theirhabitat;• Medicinal, ceremonial and decorative plants and theirhabitat, namely wetlands/swamplands;• Moose and its habitat;• Plants for food such as fiddleheads, wild berries andhazelnuts and their habitat;• Sacred areas, which include burial sites, ceremony andspirit being sites;• Rabbits and Partridge and their habitat;
NEXT STEPS• Collecting input from community members,concerns, questions and/or information pertainingto the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind turbine project.• Review of Environmental Assessment andparticipation in its drafting to make sure that theknowledge of the community members is givenproper consideration alongside scientific andengineering knowledge.• Take any questions and concerns back to thePromoter MMS/Innergex for their feedback by wayof a report.• Hold another community information session ifnecessary to deliver feedback to any questions andconcerns which may have been of addressed bycommunity members.
WHAT ARE YOURTHOUGHTS ABOUT THEMESGI’G UGJU’S’N WIND FARM PROJECT?