Public Notice
Scotian Basin Exploration Drilling Project — Public Comments Invited

November 22, 2017 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Scotian Basin Exploration Drilling Project, located off the southeast coast of Nova Scotia.

The Agency invites the public to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report, a document that includes the Agency's conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project, the proposed mitigation measures, the significance of adverse environmental effects, and the follow-up program.

The Agency also invites the public to comment on the potential environmental assessment conditions for the project. Final conditions would become legally binding on the proponent if the Minister of Environment and Climate Change issues a decision statement indicating that the project may proceed.

All comments received will be considered public. For more information on the Agency's privacy policies, consult the Privacy Notice on its website.

Written comments must be submitted by December 22, 2017 to:

Scotian Basin Exploration Drilling Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N4
Telephone: 902-426-0564
CEAA.Scotian.ACEE@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Map depicting the location of the project, as described in the current document.

To view the draft Environmental Assessment Report and potential conditions, visit the Agency's website at canada.ca/ceaa (Registry reference number 80109). Printed copies are available upon request.

The Proposed Project

BP Canada Energy Group ULC is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling program approximately 230 to 370 kilometres off the southeast coast of Nova Scotia, consisting of up to seven exploration wells within Exploration Licenses 2431, 2432, 2433, and 2434. It would take place over a three year period starting in 2018 pending required approvals. Specific drilling locations would be determined using seismic data gathered as part of BP's 3D seismic exploration program conducted in 2014.

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