Public Notice
CNOOC International Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project — Public Comments Invited

September 25, 2019 — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed CNOOC International Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project, located offshore, east of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report, which includes the Agency's conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project and their significance, the proposed mitigation measures, and the follow-up program.

The Agency also invites comments on the potential environmental assessment conditions for the project. Final conditions would become legally-binding on the proponent if the project is allowed to proceed.

Written comments in either official language will be accepted until October 25, 2019.

Comments can be submitted online by visiting the project home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 80117). All comments received will be published online as part of the project file.

To view the draft Environmental Assessment Report and potential conditions, visit the Agency's website at Printed copies are available upon request. More information on the project, the review process and alternative means of submitting comments is also available online.

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The Proposed Project

CNOOC Petroleum North America ULC is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling project within two offshore Exploration Licences located in the Flemish Pass Basin, over 400 kilometres east of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The project would take place over an 8-year period, commencing in 2020, and would allow for CNOOC Petroleum North America ULC to determine the presence, nature and quantities of potential hydrocarbon resources.

Please note that the project was formerly known as Nexen Energy ULC Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project and that the proponent was formerly known as Nexen Energy ULC.

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