News Releases 2011

C-NLOPB Releases 2010-11 Annual Report

For Immediate Release
August 19, 2011

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
(C-NLOPB) released its Annual Report today for the fiscal year 2010-11.

The C-NLOPB Annual Report includes highlights from the areas of Safety, Environmental Protection, Resource Management, Exploration, Land Rights Issuance and Industrial Benefits.

2010-11 was an exceptionally busy year for the C-NLOPB, especially in the areas of safety and environmental protection. The Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry (OHSI) Phase I Report containing 29 recommendations was submitted to the C-NLOPB in November 2010.

Following the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico, the offshore oil and gas industry came under added scrutiny. In the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area, a deep water exploration well in the Orphan Basin was drilled in May 2010. Prior to drilling, the C-NLOPB conducted an internal review and developed several additional oversight measures. All activities were completed without incident.

The C-NLOPB participated in and chaired the Steering Committee for the Third International Offshore Safety Conference, which was held in Vancouver, B.C.. The conference was organized in partnership with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) and the National Energy Board (NEB). It focused on offshore safety and well control and brought together regulators, government and offshore oil companies to explore best practices in offshore drilling.

Successful bids were received on both parcels offered in the 2010 Call for Bids. Two successful Exploration Licences bids totaling over $95,000,000 were received as well as a successful bid of over $1.2 million for a Significant Discovery Licence (SDL).

In 2010, expenditures related to work in the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area amounted to $1.87 billion, directly accounting for 28% of the province’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). As of December 31, 2010, over four thousand people worked in direct support of petroleum activity in the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area.

In 2010, the C-NLOPB completed expansion of the Core Storage and Research Centre (CSRC). This will facilitate core storage for well into the future.

The Annual Report is available from the Board’s website at or by e-mailing a request to

Media Contact:
Sean Kelly M.A., APR, FCPRS
Manager of Public Relations
(709) 778-1418
(709) 689-0713 (cell)

News Releases 2011

2011, Dec 22Corridor Environmental Assessment for Exploration Licence 1105 Filed with Independent Reviewer
2011, Dec 21C-NLOPB Invites Comments on Draft Scoping Document for Western Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area Strategic Environmental Assessment Update
2011, Nov 16C-NLOPB Releases Results for 2011 Calls for Bids NL11-01, NL11-02 and NL11-03
2011, Nov 2Corridor Environmental Assessment for Exploration Licence 1105 Filed with the C-NLOPB
2011, Nov 1C-NLOPB Conducts Offshore Safety Forum
2011, Oct 18Offshore Incident Reporting by Operators Consistent with other Industries
2011, Oct 14C-NLOPB Comments on S-92 Helicopter Incident in Gulf of Mexico
2011, Oct 52011 Call for Nominations
2011, Sep 21C-NLOPB Comments on Bristow Norway S-92A Grounding
2011, Aug 25C-NLOPB Announces Independent Review of Proposed Drilling on Exploration Licence 1105 (Old Harry)
2011, Aug 19C-NLOPB Releases 2010-11 Annual Report
2011, Aug 18C-NLOPB Responds to Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry Phase II Report
2011, Aug 16C-NLOPB to Conduct Extensive Public Consultations on EL 1105 (Old Harry) Proposal
2011, Aug 15C-NLOPB Releases Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry Report, Phase II
2011, Jul 6C-NLOPB Appoints Miller Ayre as Commissioner for Hebron Development Application Public Review
2011, Jul 4C-NLOPB Sets the Record Straight on AG Audit Request
2011, Jun 13C-NLOPB Recommends a Mediator or Panel Review of Proposed Old Harry Exploration Well in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
2011, Jun 6Drilling and Production Guidelines Updated
2011, Jun 3New Definitions for Reserves and Resources
2011, Jun 3C-NLOPB Releases Further Documentation Relating to the Hebron Development Plan Application
2011, May 16Hebron Benefits Plan Filed with the C-NLOPB
2011, May 12C-NLOPB Announces 2011 Calls for Bids
2011, Apr 21Hebron Development Application Filed With the C-NLOPB
2011, Apr 5C-NLOPB Responds to Criticism about Spill Reporting
2011, Mar 15C-NLOPB says it was not Notified of Board Appointment
2011, Feb 25Canadian Environmental Assessment Act Draft Scoping Document Exploration Drilling Project – EL 1105
2011, Feb 9C-NLOPB Says it will Review the TSB Report and Decide Next Steps