Government of New Brunswick
Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process through which the environmental impacts potentially resulting from a proposed project are identified and assessed early in the planning process. EIA identifies steps that can be taken to avoid negative environmental impacts or reduce them to acceptable levels before they occur. EIA therefore, represents a proactive, preventative approach to environmental management and protection.

NOTICE: The Department of Environment and Local Government’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) registration process is being modernized through the development of an online EIA portal. Before submitting EIA registration documents, please contact the EIA Branch at or (506) 444-5382 for assistance with the new online registration process. Thank you.


Information and Guidelines


Phased EIA

A phased Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for oil and gas development has been implemented in New Brunswick. This phased approach allows review of work to begin much earlier during the project planning phase, but also allows certain types of exploration activities to be undertaken along with the EIA process.