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News Release

Agency Invites Public Comment on White Rose Oil Development Proposal

Ottawa, April 23, 2001 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) invites public comment on the conclusions, recommendations and any other aspect of the environmental assessment, prepared as a Comprehensive Study Report, for the White Rose Offshore Oil Development Project.

The public comment period ends on May 24, 2001. Interested persons can address their remarks, in the official language of their choice, to the Agency project officer. All documents received regarding this report are considered public.

The White Rose Project is a proposal by Husky Oil Operations Ltd., in partnership with Petro-Canada, to develop the White Rose oil field, located in the Jeanne D'Arc Basin, approximately 350 kilometers east of St. John's, Newfoundland. The proponent has indicated its intention to develop the White Rose oil field using a floating production, storage and offloading system and sub-sea well-head structures located in "glory holes".

The Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board (the Board), Industry Canada, Environment Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, have prepared a Comprehensive Study Report under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (the Act). In accordance with the Act, the report has been submitted to the Minister of Environment and to the Agency, which will now receive public comment.

Following the close of the public comment period, the Minister of the Environment will determine if the project should be referred back to the responsible authorities for appropriate action, or whether it requires further environmental assessment by a review panel or mediator. If the project is referred back to the responsible authorities, the Commissioner appointed by the Board, under the Atlantic Accord Acts, will commence the public hearing phase of the review of the Development Application. In the event that the Minister of the Environment determines further environmental assessment by a review panel or mediator is warranted, a process to jointly review the environmental assessment and the Development Application will be developed with the Board.

Copies of the White Rose Comprehensive Study Report and background information will be made available for viewing at the following locations:

Industry Canada, Cabot Place II, St. John's NF; The Centre for Newfoundland Studies, QEII Library at St. John's Campus of MUN; Placentia Public Library; Arnold's Cove Public Library; Clarenville Public Library; Trepassey Public Library; Marystown Public Library and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, 1791 Barrington Street, Suite 1030, Halifax NS.

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The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is a federal agency reporting directly to the Minister of the Environment. Environmental assessment is a planning tool used to identify possible significant adverse effects of development projects on the environment, and recommend measures to reduce or eliminate these effects.

For more information:
William McCullough
Communications Officer
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Tel: (819) 997-3071
Fax: (819) 953-2891
william.mccullough@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

To address comments:
Steve Chapman
Project Officer
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Tel: (819) 997-2937
Fax: (819) 997-4931
steve.chapman@ceaa-acee.gc.ca