Public Notice
Flemish Pass and Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Projects — Public Comments Invited

January 5, 2018 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting federal environmental assessments for the proposed Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project and the proposed Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project, located 480 kilometres and 250 kilometres, respectively, east of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the potential environmental effects and the proposed measures to prevent or mitigate those effects as described in the summary of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project and the summary of the EIS for the Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project. The documents were submitted by the proponents Statoil Canada Ltd. and ExxonMobil Canada Ltd., respectively. Comments submitted will be considered for both projects, as applicable.

Table 1.1, located in Chapter 1 of each Environmental Impact Statement, identifies similarities and differences between the two EISs and may assist reviewers.

All comments received will be considered public. Written comments in either official language must be submitted by February 12, 2018 to:

Flemish Pass and Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Projects
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N4
Telephone: 902-426-0564
Email: CEAA.NLOffshoreProjects-ProjetsExtracotierTN.ACEE@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

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

To view the summary of the EIS for each project or for more information, visit the Agency's website at canada.ca/ceaa (Registry reference numbers 80129 and 80132).

For more information on the Agency's privacy policies, consult the Privacy Notice on its website at canada.ca/ceaa.

The Proposed Projects

Statoil Canada Ltd. (Statoil) is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling project within offshore exploration licenses located in the Flemish Pass Basin, approximately 480 kilometres east of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The proposed Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project would take place over a 10-year period, commencing in 2018 and would allow Statoil to determine the presence, nature and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource in exploration licences 1139, 1140, 1141, and 1142.

ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. (ExxonMobil) is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling project within offshore exploration licenses located in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin and the Flemish Pass Basin, approximately 250 kilometres east of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The proposed Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project would take place over a 12-year period, commencing in 2018 and would allow ExxonMobil to determine the presence, nature and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource in exploration licences 1135 and 1137.

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