Louis LaPierre —who quit as head of the New Brunswick Energy Institute earlier this year after it was revealed he falsified some of his academic credentials — had no role in the environmental review of the Confederation Bridge, says Transport Canada.
The revelation that LaPierre didn't have a science doctorate, as he once claimed, triggered the review by Transport Canada.
Some Government of Canada websites still list him as a "member of the scientific team reviewing the environmental effects" of the bridge.
In September, officials said they would take a second look at his role.
But it was confirmed that LaPierre was not involved in any of the environmental assessment studies of the bridge, said Transport Canada spokeswoman Gisele Martin in an emailed statement.
"After careful review of our files, Transport Canada was able to determine that Louis LaPierre was not involved in any of the environmental assessment studies looking at the potential environmental impacts on marine species and fish in the Northumberland Strait, including reviews of the Confederation Bridge’s impact on the Northumberland Strait fishery."
The Maritime Fishermen's Union welcomed the review when it was announced because it believes the bridge did affect lobster stocks in the Northumberland Strait.
Executive director Christian Brun said he's relieved to know LaPierre didn't play a role.
"Unfortunately this happens and it creates a climate of uncertainty around some of the analysis we might have in some instances," said Brun.
Transport Canada was not able to say why LaPierre's biography has claimed a role for him in the bridge review if that role didn't actually exist.