Public Notice
Newfoundland Orphan Basin Exploration Drilling Project — Public Comments Invited

November 6, 2019 — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the Newfoundland Orphan Basin Exploration Drilling Project, proposed by BP Canada Energy Group ULC, located offshore, northeast 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 December 6, 2019.

Comments can be submitted online by visiting the project home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 80147). 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

BP Canada Energy Group ULC is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling project within offshore exploration licences in the Orphan Basin, located 343 to 496 kilometres northeast of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in the Atlantic Ocean. As proposed, the Newfoundland Orphan Basin Exploration Drilling Project would allow the proponent, over a six-year period, to determine the presence, nature, and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource in exploration licences 1145, 1146, 1148, and 1149.

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