News Releases 2013

C-NLOPB Invites Comments on Western Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area Strategic Environmental Assessment Update Report

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2013

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
(C-NLOPB) is inviting the public to comment on the Draft Western Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Update Report.

A SEA is a broad-based approach to environmental assessment that systematically examines the potential environmental implications of proposed program or policy decisions. The results of a SEA are used to assist the Board in its decision to issue licences for marine areas within the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area.

In December 2005, the Board published a SEA for a portion of the Gulf of St. Lawrence referred to as the Western Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area and amended it in November 2007 to extend the geographic coverage to include additional lands southwest of the original 2005 SEA Area. The reports associated with these initiatives are available on the Board’s website.

The Western Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area SEA is being updated with the assistance of a Working Group consisting of representatives from federal and provincial government departments and agencies and One Ocean; a liaison organization for the fishing and petroleum sectors. The preparation of the Draft SEA Update report was guided by the February 2012 Scoping Document as well as public and stakeholder consultation and engagement sessions held in the Atlantic Provinces and Quebec. Comments received in relation to the Scoping Document are posted on the Board’s website.

The Western Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area SEA Update will be considered in the Board’s 2013 Call for Bids. The bids for this area close 120 days after the completion of the SEA Update. Information on the Call for Bids can also be found on the Board’s website. The results of the SEA will be considered in decisions relating to the potential issuance of exploration licences.

The Draft Western Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area SEA Update report, as well as its Summary Report, are available in English and French and may be viewed on the Board’s website or written copies are available upon request.

Written comments on the Draft SEA Update will be accepted no later than Monday, August 5, 2013. Comments must be sent to the address below or via email to information@cnlopb.nl.ca.

All responses will be posted to the C-NLOPB website. The responses will not be treated as being confidentially submitted and will be posted in the official language in which they were provided. All identifying information will be removed except the name under which the documents were submitted.

If a third party is to be referenced in the documentation, the respondent should first obtain the consent of any third party before making the submission to the C-NLOPB.

The C-NLOPB takes no responsibility in relation to the content of the documentation provided by respondents.

The Board reserves the right to withhold from publication comments that are deemed to be spam or unrelated to the Western NL Offshore Area SEA Update.

Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
5th Floor, TD Place
140 Water Street
St. John’s, NL
A1C 6H6

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


News Releases 2013

DateUpdate
2013, Dec 19C-NLOPB Announces 2013 Call for Nominations and Improvements to the Land Tenure System
2013, Dec 13Statement to the Media – Shoal Point Energy Licence Extension Request
2013, Nov 18Statement to the Media – Updated Reserves/Resources
2013, Oct 28North Amethyst Development Plan Amendment Approved (North Amethyst Hibernia Formation)
2013, Oct 4Statement to the Media
2013, Sep 17C-NLOPB Clarifies Roles and Responsibilities with Respect to Information Release in the July 2011 Cougar Helicopter Incident
2013, Aug 30C-NLOPB announces public consultation sessions for the Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Area Strategic Environmental Assessment
2013, Jul 12Deadline Extended for Public Review of Draft Western Newfoundland and Labrador Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Update Report
2013, Jul 12Report de la date limite pour l’examen public de l’ébauche du rapport de mise à jour de l’évaluation environnementale stratégique (EES) de l’Ouest de Terre Neuve et du Labrador
2013, Jun 21C-NLOPB Invites Comments on Western Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area Strategic Environmental Assessment Update Report
2013, Jun 21Invitation de l’OCTNLHE à commenter le rapport de mise à jour de l’évaluation environnementale stratégique du secteur extracôtier de l’Ouest de Terre-Neuve et Labrador.
2013, Jun 5White Rose Development Plan Amendment Approved (South White Rose Extension)
2013, Jun 3Request for Proposals for the Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area Strategic Environmental Assessment
2013, May 16C-NLOPB Announces 2013 Calls for Bids
2013, Apr 2C-NLOPB Updates Terra Nova Reserve & Resources Estimates
2013, Feb 28Environmental assessment underway for offshore oil and gas activity in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
2013, Feb 28évaluation environnementale en cours pour les activités d’exploration pétrolière et gazière dans le golfe du Saint Laurent
2013, Feb 5Opportunity for Public Comment White Rose Development Plan Amendment Application (South White Rose Extension Tie-Back Project)
2013, Feb 5C-NLOPB says more will be done to prepare for major oil spills, but spill prevention must remain the priority
2013, Jan 31Return to Night Passenger Transport Operations – Operator Response Update