Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of Gretchen Fitzgerald

2020-04-3 0:00
  • Reference Number 230
  • Commented During Project Phase: Environmental Assessment Decision
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on the draft Regional Assessment Report
  • Comments on the Draft Geographic Information System Decision-Support Tool
  • Please find attached our comments on the Draft Geographic Information System Decision-Support Tool developed for the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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  • April 4, 2020 RE:​ Comments on the Draft Geographic Information System Decision-Support Tool Developed for the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador To the Regional Assessment Committee: Please find attached our comments on the Draft Geographic Information System Decision-Support Tool Developed for the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador. We recognize the deadline for comments was March 31, but due to difficulties accessing the GIS Tool (which we suspect was related to intensified internet activity related to Covid-19) and the need for us to respond and support to the health and safety needs of our staff and contractors during the Covid-19 crisis, we respectfully request leniency with regard to this deadline. Sincerely, Gretchen Fitzgerald National Programs Director BN/Registration Number 119149789 RR0001   PO Box 2007 STN B, ...
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  • 1 Submission to the Regional Assessment (RA) Committee April 4, 2020 Comments and Recommendations on Select Modules in the GIS Tool In this submission, SCCF provides brief comments and recommendations on three of the modules contained in the GIS tool:  Module 1: Regulatory Context for Offshore Exploratory Drilling in the Study Area  Module 14: Overview of Potential Effects: Atmospheric Emissions  Module 15: Future Offshore Exploratory Drilling Scenarios We also discuss, within the comments on Module 15, the need for a dedicated, separate module on cumulative effects. Module 1: Regulatory Context for Offshore Exploratory Drilling in the Study Area No mention of the Impact Assessment Act Surprisingly, Module 1 contains no mention of the Impact Assessment Act (IAA) as part of the regulatory context for offshore exploratory drilling in the Study Area. SCCF presumes this is an oversight, since, as the Final Report notes, ...

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union

2020-04-1 0:00
  • Reference Number 227
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on the draft Regional Assessment Report
  • NOTICE: Regional Assessment - GIS Tool - Comment deadline extended to March 31 / AVIS: Évaluation régionale - l'outil du SIG - Date limite pour commentaires prolongée jusqu'au 31 mars
  • Good afternoon,   Please see the attached comments submitted on behalf of FFAW-Unifor.   Kind regards,   Robyn Robyn Lee Petroleum Industry Liaison Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) Union Phone: (709) 576-7276 Email: rlee@ffaw.ca
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  • 1 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Regional Assessment Committee Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador c/o John Cabot Building, 10 Barter's Hill, Suite 301 St. John's, NL A1C 6M1 Re: FFAW-Unifor Comments regarding the GIS Decision Support Tool for the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland Dear Committee Members, Please accept Fish, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (FFAW-Unifor) comments regarding the GIS Decision Support Tool as part of the Regional Assessment for Offshore Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland. FFAW-Unifor members are concerned about how additional exploration drilling in our offshore will further affect the traditional fishing grounds of harvesters. As we have commented on previous strategic and project-specific environmental assessment documents, the potential for projects to interact with and directly affect the fishing industry will be ...

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of Nalcor Energy - Oil and Gas

2020-04-1 0:00
  • Reference Number 228
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on the draft Regional Assessment Report
  • Comments GIS decision-support tool
  • Hi Erin, I hope this email finds you doing well! I've attached our comments on the GIS tool. I thought it easier to email these than post on the website. Thanks again for the opportunity to provide feedback. Mike     Mike White Team Lead, Technical Services Nalcor Energy - Oil and Gas t. 709 778-6605  c. 709 691-2627   e. MikeWhite@nalcorenergy.com w. nalcorenergy.com (http://nalcorenergy.com/) You owe it to yourself, and your family, to make it home safely every day. What have you done today so that nobody gets hurt?
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  • Mr. Garth Bangay Mr. Wes Foote Co-Chair, Regional Assessment Committee Co-Chair, Regional Assessment Committee Impact Assessment Agency Impact Assessment Agency 10 Barters Hilt, Suite 301 10 Barters Hill, Suite 301 St. Johns, NL, 6M1 St. Johns, NL, 6M1 Dear Regional Assessment Committee Co-Chairs, Thank you for this opportunity to provide feedback on the Geographic Information System decision-support tool released on February 27th, 2020, developed as part of the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador. We would like to commend CEAA on taking the initiative to create the GIS application and for taking the approach of creating a digital look to the Regional Assessment. This approach should now set the framework for future Regional Assessments in NL’s offshore. While the GIS application is a great approach, there are a few adjustments we feel are required to make the application more ...

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of Bill Montevecchi, Robert Blackmore, Sydney Collins, Kyle d'Entremont

2020-03-30 0:00
  • Reference Number 225
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on the draft Regional Assessment Report
  • Review of GIS Tool
  • Dear Erin:   Attached please find our "Review of Geographic Information System (GIS) Decision-Support Tool of the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador".   We hope this is helpful in the regional committee's work.   We also hope that everyone is safe and well.   Bill Montevecchi, Robert Blackmore, Sydney Collins, Kyle d'Entremont   W. A. Montevecchi, Ph.D. John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professor University Research Professor Psychology, Biology, Ocean Sciences Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B ...
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  • Review of Geographic Information System (GIS) Decision-Support Tool of the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador W. A. Montevecchi, R. J. Blackmore, S. M. Collins, K. J. d’Etremont Memorial University of Newfoundland Overview The GIS tool is attractive and seemingly user-friendly. We do however have some concerns about its capability, utility and real-time relevance. The data layers in the Physical Environment contain only information on bathymetry and atmospheric light. Layers for ocean temperature, salinity, sea ice, icebergs, etc. need to be included. Without access to these and related data the Physical Environment provides very little environmental information. Data access is too restricted owing to confidentiality agreements and even unnecessarily restricted. For instance, the GIS tool restricts access to fisheries data, even though these data are available to the ...

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of Nunatsiavut Government

2020-03-23 0:00
  • Reference Number 220
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on the draft Regional Assessment Report
  • NL Comments on NL RA GIS Tool
  • Good morning, Please see the attached Letter and comments from the Nunatsiavut Government on the GIS Decision-Support Tool for the Regional Assessment for the Newfoundland Offshore. It is important to note we are disappointed that most of the Nunatsiavut Government concerns and issues with the Regional Assessment were not or were only partially addressed in the Final Report for the RA. The RA Committee should expect two more letters from the Nunatsiavut Government regarding the lack of changes in the Final Report and separate one addressing the Regulations that are currently being developed in absence of any substantial changes to the Final Report for the Regional Assessment. Thanks, -Rodd -- Rodd Laing Director of Environment Nunatsiavut Government P.O. Box 70 Nain, NL  A0P 1L0 Phone: 709-922-2567 (Office) ...
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  • Regional Assessment Committee c/o Virginia Crawford Senior Advisor, Indigenous Consultations, Strategic and Regional Environmental Assessments Impact Assessment Agency of Canada/ Government of Canada Email: virginia.crawford@canada.ca Tel: March 23, 2020 Subject: Nunatsiavut Government comments and suggestions on the GIS decision-support tool for the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador. Dear Ms. Crawford, Please accept this letter in response to the request for comments on the Draft Geographic Information System Decision-Support Tool, developed as part of the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Nunatsiavut Government applauds the efforts made to produce a more accessible, interactive tool for viewing and engaging with data sources that inform the Regional Assessment. It is essential for governments at all levels to support ...

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of Gretchen Fitzgerald

2020-02-22 0:00
  • Reference Number 213
  • Commented During Project Phase: Review of the Environmental Impact Statement by the Agency
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on the draft Regional Assessment Report
  • Comments on the Draft Report on the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Please find attached comments and recommendations on the Draft Report of the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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  • BN/Registration Number 119149789 RR0001 PO Box 2007 STN B, Ottawa ON K1P 5W3 Mobile: (902) 444-7096- Toll Free: 1-888-810-4204 www.sierraclub.ca - Email: gretchenf@sierraclub.ca           February  21,  2020     Re:  Comments  on  the  Draft  Report  of  the  Regional  Assessment  of  Offshore  Oil  and  Gas  Exploration   Drilling  East  of  Newfoundland  and  Labrador       To  Members  of  the  Regional  Assessment  Committee:     Please  find  attached  comments  and  recommendations  from  Sierra  Club  Canada  Foundation  regarding   the   Draft   Report   of   the   Regional   Assessment   of   Offshore   Oil   and   Gas   Exploration   Drilling   East   of   Newfoundland  and  Labrador.     We  will  be  submitting  further  information,  particularly  regarding  risks  of  oil ...
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  •   1       SIERRA  CLUB  OF  CANADA  FOUNDATION  COMMENTS  ON  THE  DRAFT  REPORT  FOR  THE   REGIONAL  ASSESSMENT  OF  OFFSHORE  OIL  AND  GAS  EXPLORATORY  DRILLING  EAST  OF   NEWFOUNDLAND  AND  LABRADOR     February  21,  2020     About  Sierra  Club  Canada  Foundation   Sierra  Club  Canada  Foundation  empowers  people  to  be  leaders  in  protecting,  restoring  and   enjoying  healthy  and  safe  ecosystems.  We  are  a  grassroots  organization  with  a  “think  globally,   act  locally”  philosophy.  Members  are  encouraged  to  actively  contribute  to  environmental   causes  that  engage  or  inspire  them,  in  a  capacity  that  best  suits  their  capabilities.  We  have  four   regional  Chapters  and  a  youth-­‐led  Chapter,  Sierra  Youth.  The ...

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Attachment Michael Hingston

2020-02-21 16:57
  • Reference Number 189
  • Comments from Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada is attaching two documents, one of more substantive comments and a second with suggested editorial comments.
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  • 1 Draft Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of NL Report – ECCC Editorial Comments: Original Text Revised Text Rationale/Recommendation Wildlife Section 2.5.4 – Data Holdings; Table 2.5 – Data Holdings 1) Quote (pg. 34) “Barrow’s Golden Eye” “Barrow’s Goldeneye” ECCC requests that the Committee revise the spelling of this to “Barrow’s Goldeneye” throughout the report and in the GIS Decision- support tool, if necessary. Section 3.2.2 – Marine and Migratory Birds 2) Quote (pg. 56) “Some taxa are abundant year-round (e.g. large gulls and kittiwakes, many alcid species, fulmars, and shearwaters) while some are more likely to be present in particular seasons (e.g. phalaropes, gannets and terns).” Quote (pg. 56) “Leach’s Storm-petrels are the most abundant breeding seabird in Newfoundland.” “Some taxa are abundant year-round (e.g. large gulls and kittiwakes, many alcid species, fulmars, and shearwaters) ...
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  • Environment and Climate Change Canada – Comments on Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador – Draft Report January, 2020. Suggested Text Changes: Original Text Suggested Change Rationale/Recommendation Wildlife Assessment Section 4.2.1 – Marine Biota and their Habitats; 4.2.1.1 – Presence and Operation of Drill Rigs (pg. 102) Quote (pg. 102) “Any future exploratory activities within the Study Area itself will be situated at least 50 (and in most cases, several hundred) kilometers offshore, which is far from coastal breeding sites and other identified special and sensitive coastal areas for birds. This is also well beyond the ranges of most species that nest in Newfoundland and Labrador, and of migrating birds which tend to fly closer to land.” ECCC suggest the following be added to this statement: However, tracking data of Leach’s Storm-petrel colonies from Atlantic Canada show that their ...

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