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BHP Canada Exploration Drilling Project

BHP Petroleum (New Ventures) Corporation is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling project within offshore exploration licences in the Orphan Basin, located approximately 350 kilometres northeast of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in the Atlantic Ocean. As proposed, the BHP Canada Exploration Drilling Project would allow the proponent, over an eight-year period, to determine the presence, nature, and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource in exploration licences 1157 and 1158.


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Latest update

May 25, 2020 — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada requested information from the proponent related to the Environmental Impact Statement on May 22, 2020.

May 5, 2020 — The public comment period on the Environmental Impact Statement is closed. The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is considering comments received on the potential environmental effects of the project and any proposed measures to prevent or mitigate those effects, as described in a summary of the proponent’s Environmental Impact Statement.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
8 Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines PDF (1.5 MB) June 28, 2019
6 Notice of Commencement of an Environmental Assessment - June 28, 2019
5 Notice of Environmental Assessment Determination - June 28, 2019
1 Summary of a Project Description of a Designated Project PDF (1.2 MB) May 9, 2019

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  • BHP Canada Exploration Drilling Project
  • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • 200-1801 Hollis Street
  • Halifax, NS, B3J 3N4
  • Telephone: 902-426-0564
  • Fax: 902-426-6550
  • Email:

  • Location

    • 325 kilometres northeast of St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Project Type

    • Oil and Gas
  • Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    BHP Petroleum (New Ventures) Corporation
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Environmental assessment under CEAA 2012
  • Reference Number

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