Archaeological Resource Assessment & Impact Management for Natural Gas Distribution in Nova Scotia
In the spring of 2003, Heritage Gas retained Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Group Limited to address archaeological issues related to the design and installation of natural gas distribution systems in selected communities throughout Nova Scotia. Utilizing its archaeological potential model developed for Sempra Atlantic Gas, CRM Group was able to identify areas of archaeological sensitivity within the communities of Dartmouth, Amherst and New Glasgow well in advance of construction. Where feasible, archaeological resources were assessed in the field before the pipeline routes were finalized, allowing for the adjustment of alignments to avoid impacts to significant archaeological resources.
During construction, CRM Group provided Heritage Gas with ongoing archaeological monitoring and emergency response services. CRM Group archaeologists worked closely with Heritage Gas construction and engineering personnel to avoid delays and meet development schedules. When construction was delayed due to archaeological impacts, CRM Group archaeologists worked diligently to minimize delays while mitigating and documenting the resources that had been uncovered.