Canada: McInnis Cement’s Gaspe cement plant could be cancelled over environmental challenge


Updated Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:39:13 GMT

McCinnis Cement's US$1.1bn cement plant, which is under construction in Quebec's Gaspe region, could be cancelled if work is suspended in order to conduct environmental hearings.

Lafarge Canada and two non-profit groups mounted a legal challenge in the summer of 2013 after Quebec's environment minister authorised the project without an environmental assessment hearing. In a legal filing McInnis said that the project is subject to old environmental rules that were in place when it was first proposed more than 20 years ago.

Successive provincial governments have confirmed many times that the project is not subject to current rules that require such hearings.