31.5. If the Minister considers an application, including the impact assessment statement, to be complete, the Minister shall send his recommendation to the Government.
Where the impact assessment statement concerns work related to petroleum production or storage, the Government, before rendering its decision, must take cognizance of the decision of the Régie de l’énergie submitted by the Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife under section 45 of the Petroleum Resources Act (chapter H-4.2).
The Government may issue an authorization for a project, with or without amendment and subject to the conditions, restrictions or prohibitions it determines, or it may refuse to issue an authorization. The decision may be made by any committee of ministers to which the Minister belongs and which has been delegated that power by the Government.
The Government or the committee of ministers may, if it considers it necessary to ensure adequate protection of the environment, human health or other living species and on the recommendation of the Minister, prescribe any standard, condition, restriction or prohibition in the authorization that differs from those prescribed by a regulation made under this Act.
The decision must be communicated to the project proponent as soon as possible.
1978, c. 64, s. 10; 2005, c. 33, s. 1; 2017, c. 4, s. 211; I.N. 2018-12-31.