Public Consultation

Public Comments Invited on Revised Draft Development Plan Guideline

April 25, 2022

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) is inviting comments on the revised draft Development Plan Guideline. A Development Plan describes a proponent’s proposed approach to developing a pool or field and includes information and supporting documentation related to the scope, purpose, location, timing and nature of proposed activities.

Key changes that have been made are as follows:
• references to old regulations have been updated to include the latest regulations and new guidelines, if directly applicable;
• Foreword, Acronyms/Abbreviations, Definitions and Roles and Responsibilities sections have been added;
• the document has been reorganized to improve the flow and to consolidate similar information into one area;
• a separate section for the Benefits Plan has been created;
• text has been added on the topic of greenhouse gas emissions;
• references to engagement with Indigenous Groups have been added;
• the Environmental Assessment and Socio-Economic Assessment parts have been updated to reflect the new Impact Assessment process;
• the Resource Management Plan has been updated to reflect the Drilling and Production Regulations (and to be in alignment with the expected Framework Regulations);
• outdated content such as paper vs. digital, workflow processes or charts has been removed;
• minor adjustments have been made to reflect changes in processes such as reviews by a third-party organization, addition of Staff Analysis, etc.; and
• the “Amendments to the Development Plan” section has been updated.

The revised draft Development Plan Guideline can be found here.

Comments may be submitted via email to
The deadline for comments is May 27, 2022.

If you have any questions regarding this consultation, please contact Lesley Rideout, C-NLOPB Communications Lead, at or 709-725-2900.

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