Feds eager for action on causeway

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FREDERICTON, N.B. — Ottawa is ready to sit with its New Brunswick counterparts over the Petitcodiac River’s environmental impact assessment with hopes of signing a funding deal.

A working group consisting of federal and provincial agencies was put in place to assess the environmental impact of removing the causeway currently blocking the flow of the river.

Fisheries Minister Herb Dhaliwal’s executive assistant, Kevin Fram, says it is the wish of the federal government to move quickly on this file and it is willing to pick up most of the tab if the province offers to fund its share.

Dhaliwal is discussing the impact assessment with Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe MP Claudette Bradshaw and Environment Minister David Anderson and then hopes to meet with Environment and Local Government Minister Kim Jardine in the coming weeks to start hammering out the final details.

The study is expected to take up to three years to complete and early estimates say it will cost the two levels of government as much as $3.5 million to complete.

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