Public Comments Invited 

January 20, 2023 - The Fisheries and Oceans Canada must decide whether the fuel tank replacement project, located at Scarlett Point Lightstation on Balaklava Island, near Port Hardy, BC, is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.  

To help inform this decision, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is inviting comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice on the Registry website. 

Written comments must be submitted by February 19, 2023 to: 

Emily Sapsford, Project Engineer 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Real Property Technical Services, Pacific Region 


Tel: (250) 217-0323 

200 - 401 Burrard Street 

Vancouver, B.C. 

V6C 3S4 


Assessment Summary 

DFO and CCG are proposing to replace the diesel fuel tanks at the Scarlett Point Lightstation. The lightstation is staffed by two lightkeepers 24/7 as per maritime safety requirements. Currently, the station is powered by diesel fuel powered generators, which supply electricity to the three residences, radio communication equipment, weather monitoring system, and the many other buildings and assets on station. The current diesel fuel tanks are at their end of service and need to be replaced.  

This proposed project involves the removal of four 5,000 L diesel fuel tanks and associated piping, which have been drained. The project also involves the installation of three 5,000 L diesel fuel tanks and associated piping. The new infrastructure will be placed in the exact location of the old infrastructure, and connected to existing generators on site  

Ground disturbance is not expected in the area, as all infrastructure is above-ground.  

Helicopter slinging will be used to mobilize and demobilize equipment. Materials will be lifted to site by helicopter from the nearby barge, stationed offshore. 

Scarlett Point is a lighthouse on Balaklava Island, located 20 kilometers northwest of Port Hardy. 

Project Locations 

Scarlett Point Lightstation 
Site Access: Helicopter or Boat 


Latitude: 50°51'37.6"N  

Longitude: 127°36'45.1"W 

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