The  Bureau d’audience publiques sur l’environnment (BAPE) is a commission in Quebec’s provincial government  that administers the public consultation process on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of a developers project.

This is the last step in a developer’s process to gain approval for a project and the only official device which allows the public to influence the proposal before approval for construction is granted.  The BAPE process brings public concerns to the attention of the ministry of Parks the environment and sustainable development. The currant Minister, Line Beauchamp, will meet with a commitee of ministers in the cabinet where the final decision on the future of the project will be made.

There is public worry that this is a rubber-stamp meant to pay lip-service to environmental concerns, ignoring, or neglecting to identify poor attempts by the developer to appease environmental critics with trivial, often ridiculous, details (bike paths along highways, green embankments…).

BAPE Question period begins Monday May 11th

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Official Calender of important Dates

Dates:

  • Deadline to register to submit a brief: May 22, 2009
  • Deadline for submitting a brief: June 11, 2009
  • Public hearings start: June 15, 2009.

Info in English on BAPE:

http://www.bape.gouv.qc.ca/sections/english/

To register to submit a brief e-mail and for other information:

complexe-turcot@bape.gouv.qc.ca

Details (French only): http://tinyurl.com/cb3qlm

BAPE question period:

Séance du lundi 11 mai à 19 h version MP3 3 h 30 min (24 962 Ko)
version ASF 3 h 30 min (25 930 Ko)
Séance du mardi 12 mai à 13 h version MP3 3 h 30 min (25 798 Ko)
version ASF 3 h 30 min (24 502 Ko)
Séance du mardi 12 mai à 19 h version MP3 3 h 32 min (24 786 Ko)
version ASF 3 h 32 min (26 119 Ko)
Séance du mercredi 13 mai à 13 h 30 version MP3 2 h 50 min (19 882 Ko)
Séance du mercredi 13 mai à 19 h version MP3 3 h 50 min (26 943 Ko)
version ASF 3 h 50 min (28 388 Ko)
Séance du jeudi 14 mai à 13 h 30 version MP3 2 h 54 min (20 449 Ko)
Séance du jeudi 14 mai à 19 h version MP3 4 h 15 min (29 755 Ko)
version ASF 4 h 15 min (31 344 Ko)

Transcriptions of theses sessions

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