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Scotian Basin Exploration Drilling Project — Additional Federal Funding Allocated to Support Indigenous Participation in the Environmental Assessment

July 28, 2016 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has allocated $50,500 to Millbrook First Nation to assist its participation in the environmental assessment of the proposed Scotian Basin Exploration Drilling Project, located in Nova Scotia.

Details of Funding Allocation
Recipients Additional Funding Allocation Previous Funding Allocation Total Funding Allocation
Assembly of First Nations Chiefs of New Brunswick N/A $ 96,140 $ 96,140
Kingsclear First Nation N/A $ 10,810 $ 10,810
Kwilmu'kw Maw-Klusuaqn Negotiation Office on Behalf of Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia N/A $ 167,640 $ 167,640
Madawaska Maliseet First Nation N/A $ 12,260 $ 12,260
Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council on Behalf of the Native Council of Nova Scotia N/A $ 12,300 $ 12,300
Millbrook First Nation $ 50,500 N/A $ 50,500
Oromocto First Nation N/A $ 12,300 $ 12,300
Sipekne'katik First Nation N/A $ 50,640 $ 50,640
St. Mary's First Nation N/A $ 43,930 $ 43,930
Tobique First Nation N/A $ 12,160 $ 12,160
Woodstock First Nation N/A $ 43,930 $ 43,930
Total $ 50,500 $ 462,110 $ 512,610

This funding was made available through the Agency's Participant Funding Program. It will assist the participation of Millbrook First Nation in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment, which include reviewing and providing comments on the Environmental Impact Statement or on the summary thereof, the draft Environmental Assessment Report, and the potential environmental assessment conditions.

For more information on the project and the federal environmental assessment process, please visit the Agency's website (Registry reference number 80109).

The Proposed Project

BP Canada Energy Group ULC is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling program approximately 230 to 370 kilometres off the southeast coast of Nova Scotia, consisting of up to seven exploration wells within Exploration Licenses 2431, 2432, 2433, and 2434. It would take place over a three year period starting in 2017 pending required approvals. Specific drilling locations would be determined using seismic data gathered as part of BP's 3D seismic exploration program conducted in 2014.

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