Archived - BEPCo. Canada Company - EL 2407 Exploration Drilling Program
Scotian Slope (NS)
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Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry: 04-03-2712
Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board: 30,008.14
Environmental Assessment Type
Responsible or Regulated Authorities
Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board
Reasons for a Federal Assessment
On May 5, 2004, it was determined that an environmental assessment was required in relation to the project because the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board considered taking action in relation to paragraph 142(1)(b) of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act.
Project Description (as posted in the Notice of Commencement)
BEPCo. Canada Company is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling program offshore Nova Scotia on the Scotian Slope, within the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board issued exploration licence (EL) 2407. The program entails the drilling of 1-3 wells between 2005-2007 and 1-3 appraisal wells between 2008-2009. It is estimated that each well will require approximately 50-100 days to complete. Exploration drilling is used to confirm the presence and type of hydrocarbons. It involves the use of a mobile drilling unit (e.g. jack-up rigs, semi-submersible rigs, and drill ships) which is supplied with the drilling equipment, crew, and crew supplies. The drilling process involves the use of a drill bit and associated drillings fluids (muds), which are used to drill a hole into the ground thereby determine the presence of oil or gas. Each well typically requires 50-100 days to complete. In the event that hydrocarbons are found, testing may be required to define the development potential. Testing typically requires 10-40 days and involves testing of the reservoirs associated with a well. Additional delineation wells are often drilled to determine the extent of a reservoir.
Environmental Assessment Report
Minister's Environmental Assessment Decision Statement
A decision was taken on June 29, 2005 and was that the authority may exercise any power or perform any duty or function with respect to the project because, after taking into consideration the comprehensive study report and taking into account the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, the authority is of the opinion that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.
It was determined that a follow-up program to verify the accuracy of the environmental assessment and/or determine the effectiveness of any measures taken to mitigate the adverse environmental effects is required for this project. For further information or to obtain a copy of the follow-up program, please contact the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board.
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