From the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. re: Agency Review of Revised Environmental Impact Statement Addendum for Addition of Exploratory Licence 1134 (see reference documents #35 and #36)

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Suite 200
1801 Hollis Street
Halifax NS B3J 3N4

Agence canadienne d'évaluation environnementale
Bureau 200
1801 rue Hollis
Halifax, N.-É.
B3J 3N4

September 10, 2018

Sent by E-mail

Stephen Edwards
Safety, Security, Health and Environment Manager
ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.
Suite 1000, 100 New Gower Street
St. John's, NL
A1C 6K3
stephen.c.edwards@exxonmobil.com

Dear Mr. Edwards,

SUBJECT: Agency Review of Revised Environmental Impact Statement Addendum for Addition of Exploratory Licence 1134

On August 31, 2018, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) received the revised Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Addendum and EIS Addendum Summary, submitted by ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. (the proponent) to provide information on the addition of Exploratory Licence (EL) 1134 to the Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project (the Project).

The Agency has reviewed the submission in light of its August 27, 2018 letter and confirms that the required revisions have been made. This letter is to inform you that the Agency has commenced the technical review of the document. This letter, as well as the EIS Addendum and EIS Addendum Summary, will be posted on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry Internet Site: http://www.ceaa.gc.ca.

The Agency has considered deepwater spill modelling results presented in the EIS Addendum and confirms that this information conforms with the requirements of Information Request (IR)-69; a technical review of the information will now be conducted with consideration of information requirements both for the EIS Addendum and IR-69.

Please note that proceeding to a technical review does not imply that the information provided is adequate to support the completion of the environmental assessment. The Agency may issue IRs to you based on the results of the technical review conducted by the Agency and federal authorities, and on any input offered by Indigenous groups and the public following the posting of the documents on the Registry.

The federal timeline continues to be paused until all required information is submitted to the Agency (e.g. outstanding responses to IRs).

If you have questions or wish to discuss further, please contact Shauna O'Brien at 902-426-9460 or via email at CEAA.ExxonMobil.ACEE@canada.ca.

Sincerely,

<Original signed by>

Shauna O'Brien
Project Manager
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Cc: Elizabeth Young, Canada – Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
Dave Burley, Canada - Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
Kimberley Keats, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Glenn Troke, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Allison Denning, Health Canada
Jason Flanagan, Transport Canada
Veronica Mossop, Natural Resources Canada
Carla Stevens, Major Projects Management Office

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